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3FIR begins 5-day trek exercises

By ANA SOVARAKI Soldiers of the 3rd Battalion Fiji Infantry Regiment (3FIR) on Saturday began a five-day exercise taking them on foot across three provinces. Major Patrick Sloane, second-in-command of
29 Oct 2012 13:18

Republic of Fiji Military Forces 3rd Battalion Fiji Infantry Regiment soldiers during their annual five-day exercise, named Red Diamond, started from Queen Elizabeth Barracks early on Saturday and will finish at Navitilevu Bay in Ra on Thursday. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

By ANA SOVARAKI

Soldiers of the 3rd Battalion Fiji Infantry Regiment (3FIR) on Saturday began a five-day exercise taking them on foot across three provinces.
Major Patrick Sloane, second-in-command of the exercise, said they would march through the jungles of Naitasiri, Tailevu North and Ra province.
They would end up at Navitilevu Bay.
“This is our annual Red Diamond exercise and we are on the height of our infantry concept where we carry everything on our backs,” Major Sloane said.
The battalion was at Naqali Depot in Naitasiri yesterday.
The soldiers were in full infantry gear.
Major Sloane said the exercise was part of their training.
“We will walk right through for five days to gain and instill basic infantry skills. We will continue through to Tailevu on our way to Navitilevu Bay in Ra where the training will end.
“The first day of our training, the soldiers were given small exercises which started in Naqali.”
Members of the Republic of Fiji military Forces rugby and netball teams for the Sukuna Bowl tournament were were also taking part as part of their team building.
Female soldiers and members of the netball team returned to camp after reaching Naqali yesterday while the rugby team will be part of the exercise for three days.




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