The village of Yalobi, Waya in the Island of Yasawa gathered in numbers as they welcomed the Republic of Fiji Navy Ship (RFNS) Savenaca for the first time as it visited its shores.

Accompanying the Ship’s crew was the Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (CRFMF) Rear-Admiral (RADM) Viliame Naupoto and the Acting-Chief of Navy Commander (Navy) Marika Vosawale.

The RFNS Savenaca whilst on arrival to its home was accorded with the Church Service before a traditional ceremony was presented by the vanua of Yalobi.

RFNS Savenaca is named after FN/70 Ordinary Seaman (OS) Savenaca Naulumatua who died aboard the HMNZ Leander during the Battle of Kolombangara (WWII) in the Solomon Islands on the 12th to the 13th of July 1943.

According to the death certificate of the brave sailor, OS Savenaca died after sustaining multiple injuries and severe crushing of the chest.

RFNS Savenaca is one of the two guardian patrol boats donated by the Australian Government and will start her operation in fighting against international criminal networks particularly on the drug trade, illegal fishing, dumping, and human trafficking.

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