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RFMF Personnel Mourn Mutiny Deaths

More than 400 military per­sonnel gathered at Suka­naivalu Barracks in La­basa yesterday to remember their comrades who died during the failed attempted 2000 mutiny. The memorial service was led by
03 Nov 2018 11:38
RFMF Personnel Mourn Mutiny Deaths
The wreath laying ceremony at the Sukanaivalu barracks in Labasa.

More than 400 military per­sonnel gathered at Suka­naivalu Barracks in La­basa yesterday to remember their comrades who died during the failed attempted 2000 mutiny.

The memorial service was led by the Republic of Fiji Military Forc­es chief of staff, Brigadier-General Jone Kalouniwai.

It was also attended by the Com­manding Officer of the Third Battalion Fiji Infantry Regiment (3FIR) Lieutenant-Colonel Penioni Naliva and Officer in charge Golf Company Sukanaivalu Barracks Captain Samuela Cikaitoga.

Loyal soldiers who died during the failed mutiny attempt in 2000 were Private Temo Veilewai, Pri­vate Osea Rokosirinavosa and Pri­vate Simione Rawaileba.

 

Republic of Fiji Military Forces Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Ro Jone Kalouniwai at the Sukanaivalu Barracks in Labasa. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka.

Republic of Fiji Military Forces Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Ro Jone Kalouniwai at the Sukanaivalu Barracks in Labasa. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka.

 

Captain Cikaitoga described yeste event as a celebration to remember the fallen heroes who sacrificed a lot for the nation and for today’s generation.

More than three months before it happened, the Sukanaivalu Bar­racks in Labasa was overrun by local iTaukei villagers headed by some chiefs.

The mutiny was led by disbanded Counter Revolutionary Warfare unit leader Captain Shane Stevens and a total of 42 soldiers from the unit were subsequently convicted of involvement in the mutiny.

“We must never forget the 2000 coup and the important roles which Police and the Republic of Fiji Mili­tary Forces played in ensuring that there was stability in the country,” Captain Cikaitoga said.

EXERCISE VICTORIA CROSS

Four-hundred 3FIR personnel will end Exercise Victoria Cross today.

The three-week exercise was held at Wainunu and Lekutu in Bua, Sa­vusavu Town, Nubu, Nadogo and Sukanaivalu Barracks in Labasa.

Major Mikaele Wara said the vari­ous modes of operations within the three provinces were designed to lift the operational readiness standards of the 3FIR.

“The first training block at the Su­kanaivalu Barracks in Labasa with company strength of 100 personnel is focused on peacekeeping opera­tions. This block concluded with a live firing exercise at the Nubu live firing range area in Macuata,” he said.

“The second block, which concen­trated on jungle warfare, is taking place in the Namuavoivoi to Wai­nunu area in Bua.

“The third training block is at Va­leci in Savusavu and concentrates on military operations in urban terrain (MOUT),” he said.

BOOZE WARNING

3FIR personnel on Exercise Victo­ria Cross have been warned against overconsumption of alcohol.

Addressing military personnel at the Sukanaivalu Barracks, War­rant Class Officer One Naiyaca Rabuli said it took a lifetime to build a good reputation, but only minutes to destroy it.

“Remember reputation is one of the most valuable things in the world today. It’s not something that you can put a dollar value on or even something that you can buy.

“Alcohol brings violence, it brings broken families. If you know that you have had enough, return to the barracks. Do not overdrink alcohol that it will spoil our character,” WOI Rabuli said.

 

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RFMF ON MOVEMBER

3FIR personnel have taken on a challenge to grow their moustache to raise awareness on cancer.

For the 15 women who were part of the three-week Victoria Exer­cise in Vanua Levu, they arranged morning tea in remembrance of fallen heroes who have passed away from cancer.

The event was held at Sukanaiva­lu Barracks in Labasa, the platoon raised $1000, which was then do­nated towards the Labasa Hospital.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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