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RFNS Kikau Returns In April: Tawake

Navy Commander Captain (Navy) Humphery Tawake has confirmed that the upgraded RFNS Kikau is expected back in April. RFNS Kikau is currently in Cairns, Australia, undergoing repairing and upgrading works.
24 Jan 2018 11:00
RFNS Kikau Returns In April: Tawake
RFNS Kikau.

Navy Commander Captain (Navy) Humphery Tawake has confirmed that the upgraded RFNS Kikau is expected back in April.

RFNS Kikau is currently in Cairns, Australia, undergoing repairing and upgrading works. The naval boat was taken to Cairns on board the MV Thorco Isadora last May.

“Maintenance on RFNS Kikau is still underway and is expected to be completed by April, other details can be confirmed later,” Captain (Navy) Tawake said yesterday.

Meanwhile Republic of Fiji Military Forces Commander Rear Admiral Naupoto was briefed on the progress of the refit by the project manager and engineers of Norship industries when he visited Australia last year.

The RFMF Commander had visited Norship Industries in Cairns, Queensland to inspect the progress of the refit of RFNS Kikau.

When the RFNS Kikau arrives back into the country, the RFNS Kula will be taken for repair in Australia under the same programme.

Late last year the Royal Australian Navy’s Sea Training Unit Defence Cooperation Programme team was in Fiji for a two-week training programme with the Republic of Fiji Navy.

The second half of the programme had focused on the collective ability of a vessel’s crew to react to incidents that they may face while providing maritime security to Fiji.

Fire-fighting, leak-stopping, medical emergencies, electrical and mechanical system maintenance and seamanship activities were performed by Fiji Navy personnel working side-by-side with the Australian team.

The training activities were aimed at better preparing Fijian sailors to work on board Pacific Class Patrol Boats, RFNS Kula and Kikau.



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