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Two New Vessels Boost Fiji Naval Fleet To Seven

The two new vessels RFNS Volasiga and RFNS Savenaca were mentioned by Attorney-General and Minister for Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in the recent 2019/2020 budget announcement.
12 Jun 2019 16:58
Two New Vessels Boost Fiji Naval Fleet To Seven
From left: RVS Tukoro, RFNS Kula, RFNS Kacau, RFNS Kikau, RFNS Lautoka and RFNS Levuka at the naval base in Suva. Photo: Republic of Fiji Military Force (RFMF) Naval Division

The Republic of Fiji Military Force (RFMF) Naval Division fleet will be boosted with the arrival of two hydrographic survey vessels in November to boost the total number of vessels in their fleet to seven.

The five in the naval division now are RFNS Kikau, RFNS Kula, RFNS Kacau, RFNS Lautoka and RFNS Levuka.

The two new vessels RFNS Volasiga and RFNS Savenaca were mentioned by Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in the recent 2019/2020 budget announcement.

“A total of $1.1 million to fund personnel costs for two of its new fleets that are expected to arrive in the country in November this year,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said last Friday.

In his Budget address, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the RFMF Naval Division will be providing the Fiji Police Force with additional personnel and vessels to assist in maritime surveillance.

He said Fiji was grateful to the governments of Australia and South Korea for donating the two new vessels that will be an added boost to the naval division’s hydrographic surveying of our waters.

Fiji Navy Fleet Operations Officer Lieutenant Commander Navy Timoci Natuva in an earlier interview the two new vessels will be fully equipped with hydro survey equipment.

He said all vessels in the Fiji Navy fleets can be used for maritime surveillance while RFNS Kacau is used for hydrographic survey.

“The new hydrographic vessel Volasiga will help us enhance our service delivery in our waters especially in strengthening our water border security,” Mr Natuva said.

“We cannot eliminate all illegal activities but we work with other government agencies with donations such as this new vessels, regional countries, and international communities to help control and minimise illegal activities in our waters,” he said

“Fiji has an exclusive economic zone of 1.3 million square kilometres with various border agencies like Fiji Customs, Fiji Fisheries, Immigration and Bio Security that help us in looking after our waters.”

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