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Kikau’s Return Deferred to August

  Upgraded naval vessel RFNS Kikau’s return has been deferred to August due to technical problems. RFNS Kikau was initially expected to return home before the end of this month.
25 Apr 2018 10:00
Kikau’s Return Deferred to August
RFNS Kikau.

 

Upgraded naval vessel RFNS Kikau’s return has been deferred to August due to technical problems.

RFNS Kikau was initially expected to return home before the end of this month.

Republic of Fiji Navy Commander Captain (Navy) Humphrey Tawake said the vessel would strengthen their role in carrying out its security tasks in Fiji’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

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

“The vessel was planned to arrive in Fiji this month but due to some technical problems the vessel arrival is now deferred to August,” he said.

“Most of the vessel equipment have been upgraded, making it the most sophisticated in the South Pacific. This is to strengthen our role in carrying out its security tasks in Fiji’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

“When RFNS Kikau returns into the country, RFNS Kula will be taken for repair works  in Australia under the same programme,” he said.

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.

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

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

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 Fijian 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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