PLA Navy Training Ship Qi Jiguang Begins Second Training Cruise

September 23, 2019 – Chinese naval training ship Qi Jiguang (sometimes translated as Qi Zhiguang), carrying 517 sailors and cadets, left a military port in Dalian for ocean-going training at 10 a.m. on September 20. Qi Jiguang ship will visit a number of Asia-Pacific countries including Brunei, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Fiji. This is the second…

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U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter Visits Fiji

June 28, 2019 – U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton (WMSL 752) moored Thursday in Lautoka, marking the cutter’s first international port call in U.S. 7th Fleet. Stratton, a 418-foot National Security Cutter, departed its homeport of Alameda, California, June 5 to forward-deploy to the Western Pacific. Operating under the tactical control of commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, the cutter and crew…

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Coast Guard patrols South Pacific in support of international fisheries

January 25, 2019 – Following a stop in Fiji in late January, USCGC Mellon (WHEC 717) continued her South Pacific patrol in support of counter-Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported fishing and global security missions. The presence of a high endurance Coast Guard cutter conducting operations in the region demonstrates the U.S. commitment to regional partnerships and strengthening a coalition of like-minded…

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USS Shoup returns home from Indo-Pacific deployment

November 21, 2018 – USS Shoup (DDG 86) returned to its homeport of Naval Station Everett, Wash., Nov. 21. While on deployment Shoup supported the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) and participated in exercise Valiant Shield 2018. OMSI is a secretary of defense initiative aimed at diminishing transnational illegal activity on the high seas in the Pacific Island nations of…

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Regional Ties Strengthened As Exercise Kakadu Wraps Up In the Top End

September 13, 2018 – Exercise KAKADU 2018, Australia’s largest multilateral maritime and air exercise, drew to a close in Darwin today, after a fortnight of activities aimed at enhancing regional maritime security. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said KAKADU was a military highpoint for Australia as well as a significant diplomatic achievement, with this year’s exercise involving…

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Australian, Fiji patrol boats conduct joint boarding operations

September 11, 2018 – Patrol boat crews from Australia and Fiji have conducted joint boarding operations on a simulated illegal fishing vessel as part of Exercise Kakadu in the Northern Territory. Armidale class patrol boat HMAS Glenelg and the Republic of Fiji Navy ship Kikau conducted the joint exercise outside of Darwin Harbour. Australian and Fijian personnel worked side-by-side during…

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PLA Navy’s hospital ship Peace Ark sets sail for “Harmonious Mission 2018”

The PLA Navy’s hospital ship Peace Ark (Hull 866) set sail from its homeport in Zhoushan in east China’s Zhejiang Province on Thursday morning to embark on the voyage of “Harmonious Mission 2018”. It is the Peace Ark’s 7th “Harmonious Mission”, which will bring the ship to more than ten countries, including Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga, Columbia, Venezuela,…

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Combined NZ-Fiji Patrols Inspect Six Vessels for Illegal Fishing

Combined maritime surveillance patrols by New Zealand and Fiji agencies recently identified six commercial fishing vessels alleged to have been fishing illegally in a traditional fishing ground (iqoliqoli). Aisake Batibasaga, the Director of Fisheries, said Fiji fisheries officers, together with New Zealand and Fiji personnel currently conducting combined maritime patrols, boarded and inspected the vessels in Qelelevu Lagoon in accordance…

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ADF Bids Farewell to Fiji Following Engagement Activities

HMA Ships Adelaide and Melbourne have departed Fiji following a successful port visit as part of Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2018 (IPE). Both ships arrived in Suva on the morning of June 9 to begin the second engagement of IPE, following a port visit to Vanuatu by HMA Ships Success and Toowoomba. The ships’ companies and embarked forces carried out a wide…

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NZDF to Provide Maritime Patrol Support to Fiji

Royal New Zealand Navy’s inshore patrol vessel Royal New Zealand Navy’s inshore patrol vessel HMNZS Taupo left Auckland today to spend the next three months conducting maritime patrols in Fiji. The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), with support from the Ministry for Primary Industries, will help Fiji patrol its vast Exclusive Economic Zone and train its Navy sailors for the…

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