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Chinese Officials Conduct Training

  A Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Navy team arrived into Fiji last month to conduct the sea transit and the technical aspects of the vessel RFNS Kacau. RFNS Kacau, a gift
05 Dec 2018 17:39
Chinese Officials Conduct Training
The new Fiji Navy ship, RFNS Kacau, is ready to be offloaded from a cargo vessel at the Kings Wharf in Suva on October 7, 2018. Photo: Fonua Talei

 

A Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Navy team arrived into Fiji last month to conduct the sea transit and the technical aspects of the vessel RFNS Kacau.

RFNS Kacau, a gift from the Chinese government is expected to enhance the Fijian Navy’s hydrography and maritime surveillance functions.

Fiji Navy fleet operations officer, Lieutenant Commander Navy Timoci Natuva yesterday said about 35 officers would be trained by the Chinese delegation.

“The training to be conducted by 18 Chinese officials will start from today (December 5),” Lt Com (Navy) Natuva said.

“The purpose of the training is to familiarize RFN personnel with the operations of the ship Kacau so when the official handover is conducted, RFN officers can safely operate the vessel.

“The tentative timings for the training is two months. It may be adjusted depending on how fast RFN personnel  familiarise themselves with ship operations of Kacau.”

RFNS Kacau is a new hydrographic vessel which Lt Com (Navy) Natuva said would also be used for other maritime surveillance activities.

The ship is the result of co-operation between the Fijian and Chinese governments as well as the Fijian Navy and People’s Liberation Army-Navy.

He said the project was initiated by the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) and the People’s Republic of China’s People’s Liberation Army-Navy, “who saw fit to donate a vessel of such a magnitude because of the navy’s role maritime security in the region”.

Dedicated crew had been selected for the RFNS Kacau and they had undergone training at the Naval Base in Togalevu to refine their maritime skills.

The official handover of RFNS Kacau would be done before Christmas this year.

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