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Praise For RFNS Kikau Officers, Sailors

Training scenarios included firefighting in the galley and engine room, engineering breakdowns, communication drills and boarding operations.   Fijian Navy sailors on board the Repub­lic of Fiji Navy vessel Kikau
02 Aug 2018 10:00
Praise For RFNS Kikau Officers, Sailors
A Fijian Navy crew member during training, with the refurbished Fijian Navy vessel Kikau in the background

Training scenarios included firefighting in the galley and engine room, engineering breakdowns, communication drills and boarding operations.

 

Fijian Navy sailors on board the Repub­lic of Fiji Navy vessel Kikau have been praised for their professionalism and at­titude during a training stint with the Royal Australian Navy.

The praise has come from Captain (Navy) John Cowan of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), who is Commander Sea Training for the De­fence Co-operation Programme.

A statement from the RAN said the sailors of the RFNS Kikau recently spent time with the Australian Navy’s Defence Co-operation Pro­gramme Sea Training Unit (DCP STU).

Over three days the sailors worked with the DCP STU to refine their processes and pro­cedures in mariner skills that may be re­quired while conducting a patrol of the Fijian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), the release said.

Training scenarios included fire­fighting in the galley and engine room, engineering breakdowns, communication drills and boarding operations, with the sailors of RFNS Kikau per­forming exceptionally well.

Meanwhile, Captain (Navy) Cowan, in his role as the Commander of the DCP STU, praised the sail­ors and noted that their professionalism and at­titude were outstanding and something to be proud of.

RFNS Kikau Com­manding Officer (CO) Lieutenant Commander Joseva Tunidau and his sailors will now spend time at HMAS Cairns preparing for the up­coming multinational maritime exercise, Exer­cise KAKADU.

They will be based in Darwin before returning to the country in October.

HMAS Cairns is a Royal Australian Navy base located in Draper Street, Portsmith, Cairns, on the northern shore of Trinity Inlet and close to the central business district of Cairns.

According to RAN the base complet­ed a major redevelopment in 2009.

RAN says HMAS Cairns’ primary re­sponsibility is to provide maintenance, lo­gistics and administrative support for Cairns-based units.

HMAS Cairns provides refit and training sup­port for neighbouring Pacific Island nations (Pacific Class Patrol Boats).

Edited by Epineri Vula

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