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Kikau Returns Home Following Facelift, KAKADU Exercise

The Republic of Fiji Navy Ship (RFNS) Kikau returns home next Fiday (October 5) after participating in the KAKADU exer­cise in Darwin, Australia. This was confirmed by the Navy Commander
26 Sep 2018 11:00
Kikau Returns Home Following Facelift, KAKADU Exercise
Petty Officer Boatswain Stephen Chapman from HMAS Glenelg and Lieutenant Cagilaba Wetealagi, boarding officer from Republic of Fiji Navy Ship Kikau, speak with the vessel’s master (role player) while conducting a joint boarding party exercise

The Republic of Fiji Navy Ship (RFNS) Kikau returns home next Fiday (October 5) after participating in the KAKADU exer­cise in Darwin, Australia.

This was confirmed by the Navy Commander Captain (Navy) Humphrey Tawake yesterday.

RFNS Kikau following signifi­cant restorative repair works at the Norship shipyard in Cairns was re­turned to the Fiji Navy in July this year.

The repair cost is estimated to be around $20 million.

Navy Commander Captain (Navy) Tawake said he was looking forward to its return next week.

“The navy officers have done pret­ty well and are looking forward to their return. They were away for three months from home,” he said.

The arrival of the RFNS Kikau would be followed by the arrival of new naval vessel RFNS Kacau, do­nated by the People’s Republic of China.

By 2020 the Fijian navy is going to receive another new vessel from the Australian Government’s “Pacific Patrol Boat” programme.

Fleet operations Officer, Lieutenant Commander Navy Timoci Natuva, said that RFNS Kikau would boost the maritime surveillance.

“There will be an official reception on her arrival where we will have senior RFMF, and senior Australian officials present,” Lt Com (Navy) Natuva said.

“Right now there are 20 naval offic­ers bringing back Kikau under the command of LCDR Joe Tunidau.

“The refit at Cairns has extended the life span of RFNS Kikau to more years giving additional capability for maritime surveillance.”

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