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Special RFMF Security Unit

The Republic of the Fiji Military Forces now has a special unit to provide security for international civilian staff in dangerous peacekeeping areas. They are operating in increasingly risky areas
11 Aug 2015 11:55
Special RFMF Security Unit

The Republic of the Fiji Military Forces now has a special unit to provide security for international civilian staff in dangerous peacekeeping areas. They are operating in increasingly risky areas of Sinai and Iraq and are certified by the Americans and United Nations.

This was confirmed to the Fiji Sun yesterday by the RFMF Land Force Commander, Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho.

“There are 120 in the unit,” Colonel Qiliho said. This unit, he said, received special specific training at the Queen Elizabeth Baracks in Nabua.

He also said that in Sinai they carried out their training at the Fijian camp and had been certified by the Americans.

The Land Force Commander said there were also members of the unit in Iraq who have been certified by the United Nations.

The unit he said played a vital role in protecting international civilian staff in Sinai and Iraq.

 

Minister Natuva thanks MFO

The Minister for Defence Timoci Natuva has thanked the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) for its quick response in his request for heavier weapons to be supplied to the troops in Sinai.

“In my meeting with the Force Commander I made the request for heavy weapons and before I left Sinai I was told they’re going to purchase five Bradley Rescue Vehicles from America and grenade launchers.”

He said these weapons would enable the Fijian troops to defend themselves when attacked by certain elements.

The Bradley Rescue Vehicles are to transport infantry or scouts with armour protection, while providing covering fire to suppress enemy.

A grenade launcher or grenade discharger is a weapon that launches a specially-designed grenade or a grenade cartridge with more accuracy, higher velocity, and to greater distances than a soldier could throw by hand.

Mr Natuva said he had been assured that all checkpoints would have a grenade launcher.

Feedback:  maikab@fijisun.com.fj

 



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