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Fijian Navy Hosts French Counterparts

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces Naval Division hosted 75 officers and sailors of the French Navy vessel Le Vendemiaire at its headquarters – the Captain Stanley Brown Naval Base
20 May 2015 09:26
Fijian Navy Hosts French Counterparts
From left: Republic of Fiji Military Forces Land Force Commander Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho, French Commander Hubert Jannot, RFMF Commander Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga, French Navy Commanding Officer Herve Siret and Fiji Navy chief Commander John Fox and Lieutenant-Colonel Alipate Vosaicake at the Captain Stanley Brown Naval Base in Walu Bay, Suva. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces Naval Division hosted 75 officers and sailors of the French Navy vessel Le Vendemiaire at its headquarters – the Captain Stanley Brown Naval Base – in Suva on Monday night.

The vessel has been in Fiji waters since last week, conducting exercises with their Fijian counterparts and patrolling the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) to, among other things, combat illegal fishing.

The vessel is based in Noumea and has responsibility for the French territory.

Fiji Navy chief Commander John Fox warmly welcomed the crew and said that it is a night that was not meant to be a formal one, but a night to let them mingle and enjoy before they leave our shores.

Officers of the Le Vendemiaire have said they would continue to work in partnership with Pacific island nations.

This includes maritime surveillance for French EEZ and relief assistance.

Commander Herve Siret said: “We are a French Armed Forces frigate and we are in charge of maritime surveillance for French EEZ. We are working with all the partners in the Pacific Ocean and neighbours of New Caledonia.”

Captain Siret said they also aimed to exchange information and helped train Pacific navy personnel.

The Le Vendemiaire has a helicopter and advanced radar and communications equipment.

She is the fifth ship of the Floréal class, and is named after Vendémiaire, the first month of the Republican Calendar.

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