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RFNS Kikau Home After Repair Works

RFNS Kikau Home After Repair Works
Republic of Fiji Navy Officers with their Australian counterparts. Photo: Australian High Commission Suva.
July 25
11:49 2018

The Republic of Fijian Navy Ship Kikau is back in the hands of the Fiji Navy after a significant restorative repair at the Norship shipyard in Cairns.

In a statement, the Australian High Commission Suva confirmed that the final stages of repairs and trials were completed over the last week. The repair cost is estimated to be around $20 million.

The vessel was handed back to the Government of Fiji, represented by the Support Commander of the Fiji Navy, CMDR Marika Vosawale.

Along with the Kikau’s crew and Norship Marine staff, on hand for the handover ceremony was the CEO of Norship Marine Mr Olav Groot and the Director General Specialist Ships Commodore Wendy Malcolm RAN.

The crew of the Kikau performed a special version of the Fijian meke to honour those who had dedicated their efforts into repairing the vessel.

Commanding Officer, LCDR Joseva Tunidau and his crew will now spend time at HMAS Cairns preparing for the upcoming multi-national exercise, Exercise Kakadu, based out of Darwin before returning to Fiji at the end of September.

 The repairs and upgrade are a continuation of Australia’s significant investment in Fiji’s maritime security and enforcement capability.

Fiji’s Pacific Patrol Boats programme provide a significant capability to conduct maritime surveillance, counter illegal fishing, conduct search and rescue, and provide humanitarian assistance.

The Pacific Patrol Boat Programme will be succeeded by the Pacific Maritime Security Programme which will deliver 21 modern Guardian-class Patrol Boats to 12 Pacific Island nations and Timor-Leste from late 2018, and introduce region-wide aerial surveillance to enhance the effectiveness of patrol assets.

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