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Fiji Water Surveillance

The Royal New Zealand Air Force conducted a surveillance mission on Fiji waters yesterday. Chief of Air Force Mike Yardley said the visit was important because it was an opportunity
01 Feb 2015 11:09
Fiji Water Surveillance
At Nausori International Airport: Crew of the Squadron of Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3k2 yesterday. Photo: Rama

The Royal New Zealand Air Force conducted a surveillance mission on Fiji waters yesterday.

Chief of Air Force Mike Yardley said the visit was important because it was an opportunity to re-establish the relationship between the two countries.

“Today’s flight is a starter of that reengagement. We had one hour at the Maritime Surveillance Centre discussing the operation and looking at the fishing plot in your exclusive economic zone. This is an opportunity to demonstrate our capabilities and our desire to support the Fijian force and Government,” Air Vice Marshal Yardley said.

“Also today is the 50th commemoration of the withdrawal of the 5 Squadron of Laucala Bay. I think it is appropriate that we have here an aircraft from number 5 Squadron and is still operating after so many years,” he said.

“The first time I came to Fiji was in 1982. I flew out of Nadi particularly after 28 years and the relationships I personally established with the Fijian military are very important and it is that friendship that I am looking forward to.”

The Orion crew leaves the country today.

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