Fiji New Zealand defence partnership on a high

New Zealand High Commissioner H.E. Jonathan Curr made his inaugural visit to the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Blackrock Camp in Nadi.

The High Commissioner joined a visit to the camp by Minister for Defence, Inia Seruiratu.

“The briefing and tour of the camp by Blackrock staff was impressive,” said Curr. “New Zealand supports pre-deployment training at Blackrock for RFMF ahead of their peacekeeping deployments, so this was a valuable opportunity for me to see the team in the field”, Curr said.

Curr had a chance to meet with New Zealand Defence Force trainer, Warrant Officer Class Two Daymon Wickens and also Australian Defence Force Officer Damian Tudehope.

Curr highlighted the joint efforts of Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia at Blackrock: “It is pleasing to see the strong collaboration between the RFMF and New Zealand and Australian Defence Forces in pre-deployment training and peacekeeping support operations”.

The visit to Blackrock has capped off an eventful week of defence cooperation between Fiji and New Zealand.

“We have our legal team assisting the RFMF lawyers with a review of Fiji’s military justice system, we concluded our annual high level bilateral defence talks, we held a seminar on contemporary peacekeeping operations which was attended by Speaker of Parliament and the RFMF Commander, and we are thrilled that the High Commissioner could join Fiji’s Defence Minister at Blackrock,” said NZ Defence Adviser, Lt-Col Josh Wineera.

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