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Austrailan Navy Ship Here To Help Strengthen Ties With RFMF

  HMAS Canberra, Australia’s largest naval ship, is here to conduct training exercises and strengthen ties with the Republic of Fiji Military Force (RFMF). Commanding Officer, Christopher Smith, said:  “We
18 Aug 2016 08:04
Austrailan Navy Ship Here To Help Strengthen Ties With RFMF
Commanding Officer Chris Smith with Lance Corporal Michaek Bassingthwaighte. Photo: Christine Nikola

 

HMAS Canberra, Australia’s largest naval ship, is here to conduct training exercises and strengthen ties with the Republic of Fiji Military Force (RFMF).

Commanding Officer, Christopher Smith, said:  “We are back in Fiji to build relationship with the RFMF at a very personal level and we hope that relationship will be rekindled.”

He said the visit was an opportunity for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the RFMF to strengthen their relationships made in the aftermath of Cyclone Winston.

Mr Smith said this would enhance Australia and Fiji’s strong defence co-operation partnership.

“We’ve just come back from a month of operations in Hawaii to participate in Rim of the Pacific Exercise, (RIMPAC), it is the world’s largest maritime exercise, he said.

“We are back in Fiji to build relationship with the RFMF at a very personal level and we hope that relationship will be rekindled.”

This is Canberra’s  second visit to Fiji after it was deployed in March to April after Tropical Cyclone Winston as part of Australia’s Operation FIJI ASSIST 2016.

Commanding Officer, Christopher Smith said the Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel would conduct training exercises with the RFMF, a lesson learned symposium on Cyclone Winston response.

He said the visit was an opportunity for the ADF and the RFMF to strengthen their relationships made in the aftermath on Cyclone Winston.

Mr Smith said this would enhance Australia’s and Fiji’s strong defence co-operation partnership.

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

Feedback: christine.nikola@fijisun.com.fj

 

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