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Fiji A Key Partner; US Navy Says

The USS Shoup (DDG 86) commanding officer, Com­mander Andy Strickland said Fiji was a key partner in the Western Pacific. “And we are here to reinforce the US commitment to
17 Oct 2018 11:00
Fiji A Key Partner; US Navy Says
USS Shoup (DDG 86) commanding officer, Commander Andy Strickland.

The USS Shoup (DDG 86) commanding officer, Com­mander Andy Strickland said Fiji was a key partner in the Western Pacific.

“And we are here to reinforce the US commitment to that part­nership,” Commander Strickland said.

“We are also operating in the area with our US Coast Guard partners conducting Oceania Maritime Security Initiatives, or OMSI, to ensure economic pros­perity through security of the high seas and enforcement of maritime laws.

“The US Navy maintains a pres­ence in the Indo Asia-Pacific re­gion to help preserve peace and security, and to further partner­ships with friends and allies like Fiji.

“All countries in this region have experienced economic pros­perity largely because of the se­curity and stability that exists at sea.

“We have just successfully com­pleted a portion of our patrol partnered with Vanuatu Mari­time Law Enforcement,” Com­mander Strickland said.

Meanwhile, as part of their mis­sion in the country, some crew members visited The Little Ones Learning Centre on Mead Road yesterday.

Petty Officer First Class, Moni­ca Vaughn was emotional as she read to a group of kindergarten children at the Little Ones Learn­ing Centre on Mead Road.

“Reading to the children brings me joys but sad when I think of my three-year-old son,” she said “I am lucky to have been given an opportunity to read to the Fijian children and seeing them smile makes me content.

“We have a programme in the US Navy where we read and send the videos to our children back home or to families.”

The Little Ones Learning Centre director Analesi Tuicaumia said: “The children always visit the US Embassy to use their library or when they learn about US.

USS Shoup Navy Officers at the Little Ones Learning Centre at Mead Road in Suva on October 16, 2018. Photo: Wati Talebula

USS Shoup Navy Officers at the Little Ones Learning Centre at Mead Road in Suva on October 16, 2018. Photo: Wati Talebula

“This is the first time the US Navy have come and read to the children.

“I think it is good and such a wonderful idea that the children see new faces.”

The ship departed yesterday.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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