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USA Marines Exercise In Fiji

The United States of America’s naval vessel USNS Pililaau left Suva Port yesterday after the USA Marines had an exercise with the Republic of Military Forces (RFMF) Land Force Unit
19 Oct 2016 11:00
USA Marines Exercise In Fiji
The United States of America’s naval vessel USNS Pililaau.

The United States of America’s naval vessel USNS Pililaau left Suva Port yesterday after the USA Marines had an exercise with the Republic of Military Forces (RFMF) Land Force Unit

This was confirmed by the RFMF chief of staff, Colonel Litea Seruiratu.

This three day exercise she said involved a platoon from the 3FIR and the USA Marines.

The training she said was carried out at the RFMF in Nabua.

She   said the USA naval boat left the country yesterday.

According to the details of the USNS Pililaau is it one of 19 and is part of the 16 ships in Military Sealift Command’s Sealift Program Office. It is currently owned by the government, but run under a contract by a private company.

The ship is kept in operational ready status (ROS-4) at all times. The ship is designed to be a multifunctional part of any fleet. It is capable of general cargo transportation, and also as a means to load and unload ships without the benefit of deep draft-capable, fixed port facilities. The ship was used throughout the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to transfer equipment to friendly ports in Europe to be brought into the combat theater.

The ship carries no fixed guns but may support a detachment of security forces for defense.

Pacific Agencies Shipping Limited spokesman Mr Nicholas Chandra the naval vessel was under them.

He says the USNS Pililaau (T-AKR 304) is the fifth Bob Hope – class vehicle cargo ship built by the Avondale Shipyards of New Orleans, Louisiana for the United States Navy.

The USNS Pililaau is named after Private first class Herbert K.Pililaau, a Medal of Honor recipient.



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