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14 Navy Personnel In Three-Month Attachment

New Zealand Defence Adviser to Fiji and Tonga Lieutenant Colonel Josh Wineera told the Fiji Sun that the non-commissioned officers are based in Devonport and are receiving sea training, leadership courses and marine engineering and electrical.
26 Jan 2020 13:33
14 Navy Personnel In Three-Month Attachment
Navy officers ready to depart for their three-month attachment with the Royal New Zealand Navy.

Fourteen non-commissioned Fiji Navy officers are among the first in Fiji to participate in a three-month attachment with the Royal New Zealand Navy. This, after a lapse of 20 years.

New Zealand Defence Adviser to Fiji and Tonga Lieutenant Colonel Josh Wineera told the Fiji Sun that the non-commissioned officers are based in Devonport and are receiving sea training, leadership courses and marine engineering and electrical.

Four of them have been attached to Her Majesty’s New Zealand Ship (HMNZS) Canterbury to conduct sea training and to experience life at sea on a big ship.

Two of the non-commissioned officers have been attached to the Seamanship School to assist with training and also undertake a number of small courses in leadership while the rest have been attached to the Marine Engineering and Weapons Electrical schools to undertake basic training in these fields.

“The experiences they get from the attachment will assist in the training and knowledge of the young sailors, they will have a good understanding of how other Navy’s work and their work routine,” Lieutenant Colonel Wineera said.

“The New Zealand Defence Force leadership module is similar to the Republic of Fiji Military Forces new module so they will come back with an insight to how it all works and the benefits of it.”

He said naval officers had been trained in New Zealand for a number of years now, however, this was the first time non-commissioned officers had been attached to the NZ Navy in 20 years.

“At the completion of the attachment both countries will conduct a review to see if this is something that is conducted more regularly. We are sure the sailors will do a great job in New Zealand.”

The working relationship between the New Zealand and Fijian Navy dates back to the beginning on the Fijian Navy some 45 years ago.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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