UK and Fiji Seal New Deal on Maritime Security

Fiji’s commitment towards securing and policing its maritime borders is recognized through the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Fijian Government. The MOU was officially signed by the Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Office of the Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Yogesh…

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USCGC Stratton Visits Fiji During Operation Blue Pacific Patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Stratton visited Fiji in February after being underway for 50-days in the Pacific combating illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. During the visit, Capt. Stephen Adler, the Stratton’s commanding officer, met with members of the Fijian media to discuss the Coast Guard’s partnership with Fiji and their combined effort to protect fisheries resources. “Our relationships with our…

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USCGC Stratton Visits Fiji to Combat IUU Fishing

U.S. Embassy Suva welcomed the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton (WMSL 752) to the Port of Suva with a press conference featuring the Stratton’s commanding officer Captain Stephen Adler, Embassy Charge d’affaires (CDA) Tony Greubel, and Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Defense Manasa Lesuma. The Stratton’s visit highlights the U.S. Coast Guard’s partnership with Fiji and their combined effort to…

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New Wharf in Fiji a Symbol of Partnership

The imposing steel piles driven into the ocean floor of Walu Bay at the Stanley Brown Naval Base in Suva, Fiji, stretch out into the water hinting at where the final jetty will sit and mark the completion of a critical phase of the joint Australian-Fiji wharf redevelopment project. The new wharf will provide berthing for two new Australian-gifted Guardian-class…

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Exchange Strengthens Regional Partnerships

Cook Islands, Fiji and Singapore have become the first three nations to successfully complete the inaugural Sea Training Group – Defence Cooperation Program (STG-DCP) non-reciprocal exchange. The exchange was established in 2018 primarily to support the introduction into service and training of the Guardian-class patrol boats as part of the Pacific Maritime Security Program (PMSP). Beginning earlier this year, the…

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Defence personnel return from Fiji

February 2, 2021 – More than 600 ADF personnel who deployed on Operation FIJI ASSIST have arrived back in Sydney on HMAS Adelaide, following a five-week deployment to the Republic of Fiji. The Joint Task Group deployed on Christmas Eve following a request for assistance from the Fijian Government in response to devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Yasa. Minister for Foreign Affairs…

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Helicopters Vital in Delivery of Supplies to Fiji

January 25, 2021 – HMAS Adelaide’s embarked MRH-90 Taipan helicopters played a vital role in delivering much-needed supplies to Fijian communities that had been cut off by the damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Yasa. The crews flew more than 166 hours, delivering 71,475kg of aid through 62 vertical replenishments, as well as troops, to communities across Vanua Levu and outlying…

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Staying Connected in Fiji

January 19, 2021 – HMAS Adelaide’s Communication and Information Systems sailors and Army Signalers are bridging the gap between the ship and personnel ashore in Fiji. Deployed on Operation Fiji Assist, personnel have contributed to the Fijian Government’s disaster relief efforts in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Yasa. Ship to shore communications allowed for ADF task coordination including disaster relief…

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Australia stands with our Fijian Vuvale following Tropical Cyclone Yasa

December 23, 2020 – The Australian Government will provide $4.5 million in humanitarian relief to support the people of Fiji in response to the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Yasa. Additionally, HMAS Adelaide will be deployed to provide immediate assistance to thousands of Fijians, including many from remote islands, whose homes, schools and other local infrastructure were damaged or destroyed…

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Australia and Fiji strengthen Pacific Maritime Security

March 6, 2020 – In the latest milestone for the Pacific Maritime Security Program, Australia has handed over the newest Guardian-class Patrol Boat to Fiji at a ceremony today at Austal Shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia. The Republic of Fiji Military Forces’ RFNS Savenaca was received by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji the Honourable Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama;…

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