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RFMF Personnel In NZ For Exercise

Thirty Republic of Fiji Military Forces personnel are in New Zealand to take part in military exercises at various locations around the country’s South Island. Land Force Commander Colonel Sitiveni
23 Oct 2015 09:23
RFMF Personnel In NZ For Exercise
The Powhiri ceremony welcoming personnel from Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Tonga, the United States of America and Canada to Burnham Military Camp as part of the multi-national exercise, Exercise Southern Katipo.

Thirty Republic of Fiji Military Forces personnel are in New Zealand to take part in military exercises at various locations around the country’s South Island.
Land Force Commander Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho said Fiji’s participation was significant.
“It shows that despite what has happened in the past, we are able to build and continue to foster good relations with the New Zealand army.”
The RFMF soldiers are part of a contingent of more than 2000 military personnel from Australia, Canada, France, Papua New Guinea, the United States, Tonga and Britain.
Yesterday the Powhiri ceremony took place to welcome the overseas contingents to Burnham Military Camp.
The joint exercise will be centered in the Buller, Tasman and Marlborough districts throughout November.
Over the next few days the Pacific islands troops will be put through a rigorous Force Integration Training programme that includes familiarisation with New Zealand’s military capability.
The New Zealand Army Facebook page said: “Our Pacific Island mates who are here for Exercise Southern Katipo felt the Canterbury chill at first but are quickly becoming acclimatised.
“They spent yesterday training under the watchful eyes of some Kiwi soldiers, before heading to the West Coast soon for the exercise proper. They had C-IED training, and familiarised themselves with our LAVs. And then there were weapon drills.
“Fijian Captain Rokosetu Uluitavuki said his men were excited to be in New Zealand, and were finding the training interesting and useful. The Fijian contingent is all from the 3rd Battalion Fiji Infantry Regiment.”

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