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RFMF Plans To Host Pacific Military Tattoo In 2019

The Republic of Fiji Military Force (RFMF) expects the next military tattoo to be staged in 2019. This will be known as the Pacific Military Tattoo. RFMF Chief-of-staff Colonel Ratu
10 Dec 2017 11:00
RFMF Plans To Host Pacific Military Tattoo In 2019
Republic of Fiji Military Forces band members displayed the role they play during war situation at their Military Tattoo, Centennial celebration on December 08, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The Republic of Fiji Military Force (RFMF) expects the next military tattoo to be staged in 2019. This will be known as the Pacific Military Tattoo.

RFMF Chief-of-staff Colonel Ratu Jone Kalouniwai said: “The Com­mander (Rear Admiral Viliame Nau­poto) had made this announcement and after Friday’s performance the RFMF should be ready for the huge event.”

He said the commander had made the announcement to senior offic­ers.

Ratu Jone said the military tattoo was enjoyed by the President and Commander in Chief, Major Gen­eral (Retired) Jioji Konrote, former President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and Prime Minister Voreqe Baini­marama.

The 2019 tattoo he said would co­incide with the Defence Ministers meeting here in Fiji. It will involve other military bands from the Pa­cific.

He thanked the Centennial Cel­ebration Committee for organising such a grand event.

Police Commissioner Brigadier- General Sitiveni Qiliho described the military tattoo as fabulous.

He said the tattoo and the perfor­mance of the three brass bands, RFMF band, Fiji Police band and the National Youth band, really lifted the event to another level.

“Hats off to the RFMF for organis­ing such a magnificent event.”

Brigadier General Qilihio said: “The tattoo was compatible to events they had witnessed overseas.”

He thanked the RFMF for organis­ing the event.

New Zealand Military band Staff Sergeant Mick Johnson said: “I must thank the RFMF band for put­ting up a superb display.”

A five-member team from the NZ Military band took part in the event on Friday.

“We love the Fijian crowd. They’ve made us feel at home,” Staff Ser­geant Johnson said.

Retired personnel Joeli Weli,75, from Kadavu joined the RFMF band in 1961.

As a veteran Mr Weli was happy to be given the opportunity to be part of the Military Tattoo Centennial Celebration.

“It was well organised and the dis­play of the bands and lights were good,” he said.

Mr Weli was part of the RFMF band that participated in the Edin­burgh Military Tattoo in 1965.

From Edinburgh they went to New York and Hawaii.

Centennial Celebration Committee secretary Vula Tabuadua thanked the public for its support and said what they displayed at the tattoo was what soldiers were engaged in.

The spectacular performance was the result of six months of prepara­tion.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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