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Australian And New Zealand Troops Joins RFMF Personnel In Pre-Deployment Training

There are about 148 soldiers earmarked for peacekeeping duties to the Golan Heights in the Middle East.
02 Jul 2019 18:19
Australian And New Zealand Troops Joins RFMF Personnel In Pre-Deployment Training
Republic of Fiji Military Forces troops with New Zealand Defence Force troops on pre-depolyment training for Peacekeeping duties. Photo: Mereleki Nai FIJI SUN | TUESDAY, JULY 2, 2019 | FIJISUN.COM.FJ 20 NATION NZ High Commissioner to Fiji Jonathan Curr delivering the training opening address at the Black Rock Camp in Nadi on July

For the first time our Republic of Fiji Military Forces personnel are being joined by counterparts from New Zealand and Australian Defence Forces for pre-deployment training.

This is in preparation for peacekeeping duties with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force.

There are about 148 soldiers earmarked for peacekeeping duties to the Golan Heights in the Middle East.

During the opening of training at the Black Rock Camp in Nadi yesterday, the NZ High Commissioner to Fiji, Jonathan Curr, said it was the first time for a RFMF deployment to join capacity building with troops from another country for a Middle East mission.

“This deployment is part of the cooperation between the New Zealand Defence Force and the Australian Defence Force and RFMF,” Mr Curr said.

“That relationship between our militaries, soldiers and peacekeepers is incredibly important to us.

“Wherever you are deployed around the world, the Kiwis around you, are your brothers and your sisters.

“Many of you have been serving in the Middle East, it has been a tremendous privilege because it is the land of the Bible, the Holy Land.

“It is an opportunity for you to serve your country and the cause of international peace and security under the network of the United Nations.

“This has been a proud Fijian tradition for more than 40 years of service to United Nation Peacekeeping.”

Private Makitalena Vererua and Warrant Officer Class 1, Vani Tabualevu are all geared up to prove themselves in a men-dominated field.

They are part of troops who will be training for peacekeeping duties in the Middle East.

Verevua, 23, from Naselai, Rewa said it was an exciting opportunity to be part of the team that will go to Golan Heights in the Middle East.

She now looks forward to be at Black Rock for the six weeks training.

“I have faced many challenges in men-dominated fields, I did not give up. I want to prove to other women that nothing is impossible,” Ms Verevua said.

Mrs Tabualevu said there was no barrier for women to prove their strength in whatever field they were assigned to.

“The most important thing is to prove yourself capable to do or achieve anything in life,” she said.

She has already completed eight tours to the Middle East but this would be her first to the Golan Heights.

Edited by Percy Kean

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