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First Baptism At Stanley Brown Navy Base

He said it was a significant event because it was the first baptism at the base. He said when he visited Australia a similar baptism was held at the quarter deck of a naval vessel by a naval family there.
02 Mar 2020 10:59
First Baptism At Stanley Brown Navy Base
Sekope Halepuleyaga, Makarita Finau Rokowailevu and baby Meri Bainitakali Sereana Halepuleyaga.

The first baptism of a child at the Stanley Brown Navy Base in Walu Bay was held yesterday.

The parents are both serving in the Navy and they were the first also to marry at the base.

They are Sekove Halepuleyaga and Makarita Finau Rokowailevu. Their baby is Meri Bainitakali Sereana Halepuleyaga.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is the cousin of the baby’s maternal grandmother Maria Varea.

From left: Sekope Halepuleyaga, RFMF chaplain Reverend Ilaitia Sevati Tuwere, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, RFMF Commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto, Makarita Finau Rokowailevu, Maria Varea and Mary Bainimarama with baby Meri Bainitakali Sereana Halepuleyaga.

From left: Sekope Halepuleyaga, RFMF chaplain Reverend Ilaitia Sevati Tuwere, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, RFMF Commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto, Makarita Finau Rokowailevu, Maria Varea and
Mary Bainimarama with baby Meri Bainitakali Sereana Halepuleyaga.

He said it was a significant event because it was the first baptism at the base. He said when he visited Australia a similar baptism was held at the quarter deck of a naval vessel by a naval family there.

The baptism yesterday was held in conjunction with the monthly church service at the base. Rear Admiral Viliame Naipoto, the Republic of Fiji Military Forces Commander also attended.

RFMF chaplain Reverend Ilaitia Sevati Tuwere carries baby Meri Bainitakali Sereana Halepuleyaga during her baptism at the Stanley Brown Navy Base in Walu Bay.

RFMF chaplain Reverend Ilaitia Sevati Tuwere carries baby Meri Bainitakali Sereana
Halepuleyaga during her baptism at the Stanley Brown Navy Base in Walu Bay.

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