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EDITORIAL: Exercise Victoria Cross Upskills 3FIR Personnel

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces is investing half a million dollars in training and upskilling their own this financial year. Part of this funding, approved in the 2018-2019 August
03 Nov 2018 13:22
EDITORIAL: Exercise Victoria Cross Upskills 3FIR Personnel

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces is investing half a million dollars in training and upskilling their own this financial year.

Part of this funding, approved in the 2018-2019 August Budget announcement was directed towards the recently completed Exercise Victoria Cross for the 3rd Battalion Fiji Infantry Regiment (3FIR) unit held in Vanua Levu.

The exercise is named after the highest and most pres­tigious military award in the face of the enemy that is awarded to Commonwealth forces.

Sefanaia Sukanaivalu is the only Fijian recipient for the award. He was a member of the 3FIR.

For three weeks, at least 100 personnel lived off their full 25kg pack – hail, rain or shine.

On social media, speculations were rife.

But the exercise is a normal part of any military insti­tution around the world.

The only difference is that these exercises are designed to suit the humanitarian, military and peacekeeping op­erations the RFMF takes part in.

In February, Exercise Cabe-Siro, designed to assess and bridge infantry skills between the ranks took place in the Nausori Highlands.

Exercise Victoria Cross was to upskill 3FIR members and ensure they are prepared to perform any given task within the military at any time whether it be local or abroad.

There were three areas of focus:

  1. PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS

Location: Nubu, Macuata

Activities: Vehicle checkpoints and snap road checks concluding with a live firing exercise.

  1. JUNGLE WARFARE

Location: Namuavoivoi to Wainunu, Bua

– Activities: The four phases of war are practised where they advance and are harassed by the enemy. They then proceed to their defensive position where they develop the position to provide defensive cover and conduct of­fensive operations prior to their 10 kilometres withdraw­al march to the pickup point.

  1. URBAN WARFARE

– Location: Valeci, Savusavu

– Activities: Military operations in urban terrain (MOUT) with emphasis on Civil Military Cooperation, vehicle checkpoints, improvised explosive devices, key point protection, amphibious operation and crowd dis­persal.

With newer weapons in the RFMF armoury like the rocket-propelled grenade launcher, 81mm Russian mor­tar and 50 calibre machine guns – participants are ex­pected to master all the weapons as they were never used before.

Like any organisation, RFMF’s ability to upskill, train and develop its personnel to expand their skill sets, cre­ates a significant competitive advantage when compared to similar sized military institutions in developing coun­tries around the world.

ROSI DOVIVERATA

Feedback: rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj

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