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Retired American Navy Veterans Make Fiji Their Second Home

Mrs Lecompte said the reason they agreed to stay in Fiji was because of the Fijian hospitality.
23 Jan 2020 10:29
Retired American Navy Veterans Make Fiji Their Second Home
Walter, and Jane Lecompte at Lautoka on January, 21, 2020.

An American couple, Walter, 79 and Jane Lecompte, 73 have decided to make Fiji their second home.

The couple, originally from Texas, United States of America are retired US Navy veterans. Following their retirement they had set sail on their yacht, Callisto on April 9, 1990, to see the world.

Mr Lecompte was in the U.S. Navy for 34 years while Mrs Lecompte served for 26 years.

Fiji was not on their list, and when they first got into Fiji they were taken in by the Fijian hospitality and warmth.

“We first moved onboard Callisto on April 9, 1990, and left the States in June 1992. We went to England because I was still working and my husband had just retired,” said Mrs Lecompte.

“Then we did the Coast of Europe into the Mediterranean, we spent eight years there and then went down the Red Sea and across the Indian Ocean; stayed in South East Asia for five or six years more, went down to the Philippines, Indonesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomons, Vanuatu and then here.

“On April 9 of this year, it will be 30 years since we have been travelling on Callisto.”

Calisto

Calisto

She said their yacht was their little home while spending their time in different countries around the world.

“We arrived in Fiji of November 2013 and since then we have been in and out of Fiji.

“When we go back to the States we will fly back,” she said.

“We are both interested in travelling, my husband particularly. As he has been on the ships for most of his adult life.

“The sea is a natural environment for him and I’ve learnt to accept that environment as well.”

Mrs Lecompte said the reason they agreed to stay in Fiji was because of the Fijian hospitality.

“One thing I love about Fiji is that it is beautiful, the people are lovely and everybody is so welcoming; it kind of feels like our second home,” she added.

“We have done most of the Yasawas, around Viti Levu and across to Vanua Levu, we have sailed up to Rabi, Taveuni and now planning to go to the Lau Group.

“Whenever you set foot in Fiji the locals are always so warm and welcoming; Fiji has developed so much and so have the economic activities along the Queens Highway.

“We plan to live in Fiji the next few years before we return home,” she said.

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