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Ensign Sokotiviti Does Family Proud

Last week after numerous courses over the years locally and abroad Mr Sokotiviti and fellow islander, Jemesa Malakai Senavanua of Namajiu, Kadavu, was promoted from Midshipman to the rank of Ensign.
26 Mar 2020 17:28
Ensign Sokotiviti Does Family Proud
From left, Taraiyasi Vuetanasau (Uncle), Viniana Vuetanasau (Aunt), Warrant Officer Class One Sitiveni Jitoko (Fijian Navy Master at Arms), Ensign Sitiveni Sokotiviti, Salote Tuinasau (Mother) and Solomone Tuinasau (Step father). At Front is Taina Tokalauvere (Sister). This is after the commissioning ceremony at the Stanley Brown Navy Base, Walu Bay. Photo: Shreeya Verma

Sitiveni Sokotiviti has done his family, Nukuni Village in Ono-i-lau and the province of Lau proud.

After his commissioning as an Ensign in the Naval Division of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces at the Stanley Brown Base in Walu Bay, he has eyed going to the next level.

Ensign Sokotiviti, 30, now joins the special Officer Corps, similar to how most soldiers from the island province, who had excelled to reach the top ranks in the military or Fijian Navy.

Most officers, from the Lau Islands in the Eastern Group of Fiji, like their elder generation had sought greener pastures in the urban centres of Viti Levu.

Ensign Sokotiviti grew up in the islands where he started his education at Onolevu District School.

And that is where his love for the Ocean developed before he left for Suva to further his secondary education and attended the University of the South Pacific. But, he decided to put studies on hold to focus on a career in the military.

Last week after numerous courses over the years locally and abroad Mr Sokotiviti and fellow islander, Jemesa Malakai Senavanua of Namajiu, Kadavu, was promoted from Midshipman to the rank of Ensign.

During the commissioning ceremony the Commander Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto reminded the new Ensigns that leadership came with responsibility.

“You have the wonderful opportunity to help raise and shape the lives of those under you into a better person,” said Rear Admiral Naupoto who hails from Vatoa, also in Lau Province.

“Develop them in the five areas of character, confidence, competence, connections and compassion.

“Do not be complacent, education is good and it is equally important to have a good character which will carry you a long way.”

RFMF Commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto, second left gave  Taraiasi Vuetanasau (uncle), and Solomone Tuinasau (step father) the honour to commission Ensign Sitiveni Sokotiviti. Photo: Shreeya Verma

RFMF Commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto, second left gave Taraiasi Vuetanasau (uncle), and Solomone Tuinasau (step father) the honour to commission Ensign Sitiveni Sokotiviti. Photo: Shreeya Verma

On his promotion, Ensign Sokotiviti said it took endurance and courage to come through the ranks to be an officer.

For now on Ensign Sokotiviti’s aim is to further his career, which includes a role as Navigating Officer on a navy vessel.

And when his days of services are over there is no place he would rather visit regularly than back home at Nukuni Village in Onolevu.

Home is always where the heart is, but his sense of duty tells him he is obliged to help ensure that his young brothers and cousins from Ono-i-lau also rise to the occasion in life.

His advice to them: “If you want something you must stay focused because all good things in life never come easy. Never give up.”

Edited by Percy Kean.

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