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RFMF Commander Lauds Brass Band

You’ve done yourselves proud and in the process you’ve done the RFMF and the country proud, says Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto. The Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces
29 May 2016 10:19
RFMF Commander  Lauds Brass Band
Members of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces Brass Band at the vakacirisalusalu (thanksgiving gathering) at the RFMF Officers Training School in Vatuwaqa, Suva yesterday. Photo: Filipe Naigulevu

You’ve done yourselves proud and in the process you’ve done the RFMF and the country proud, says Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto.

The Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces was addressing members of the RFMF Brass Band during a vakacirisalusalu (traditional thanksgiving gathering) at the RFMF Officers Training School in Vatuwaqa, Suva yesterday.

The RFMF Brass Band were firstly welcomed during a thanksgiving church service by Rear Admiral Naupoto after their gallant performance during the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations at Winsdor Castle in London.

“We are so proud that out of the 54 Commonwealth countries, Fiji was one of the four including Canada, Australia and New Zealand that performed for the Queen.

“To see the Fijian flag flying amidst the performance makes us so proud. Those are the moments that make you so proud to be a Fijian.”

He said the RFMF Brass Band played an ‘instrumental role’ in the military.

“It’s quite a big job that you carry on your shoulders as bands. Sometimes you may think little of yourselves in the military hierarchy.

“I want you to understand that you play a big role and an important role for RFMF. And you should be proud to be part of the RFMF,” he said.

RFMF Brass Band leader Lieutenant-Colonel Serevi Vananalagi thanked the boys for their outstanding performance not only in London but also in two other tours they had in Australia and New Zealand.

He said the UK trip was an eye-opener and it gave the band members good exposure.

“It was an honour in itself to perform for the Queen. But to also perform amongst some of the biggest bands in the world was rewarding,” he said.

A vakacirisalusalu, in the iTaukei tradition is normally done in recognition of the completion of a task or assignment. It involves the traditional presentation of kava (yaqona) and feasting.

The RFMF Brass Band will now prepare for their next tour to Scotland next year.

 

Sinai situation

Commander Rear admiral Viliame Naupoto confirmed that Fijian soldiers in Sinai were going to be sent back as the situation there was rough.

It is understood that the soldiers will be sent back separately in different stages.

“Those men that were recently sent will be sent back to Fiji; another 105 will be coming back.

“The stations are closing down. In Sinai, out of the seven stations that are there, three have been closed in the last few days, two is going to be closed soon.  Only SCC2 and Charlie stations are open.”

 

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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