The British Deputy High Commissioner to Fiji Mr. Paul Welsh handed over a VHF (Very High Frequency) radio to the Republic of Fiji Navy (RFN) at the Fiji Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center (FMSRCC) in Lami today (13th August 2020).
Speaking during the handing over ceremony, Mr. Welsh stated that he was honored to deliver the VHF radio to the RFN which he believed would enhance their capability during search and rescue operations.
“I know that the links between the Royal Navy and Fiji Navy are close. I am delighted to hand over this equipment today… I do know that this will make an essential contribution to one of your core functions. Whether it is a fisherman or whether it be seafarers, search, and rescue I know it is your core functions and I know it will come to be an essential contribution to that. I’m delighted to have the honor to handover this equipment today I hope that you use it in support of the safety of your compatriots and the seafarers in the region.” Mr. Welsh said.
However, while speaking on behalf of the RFN, Acting Chief of Navy Commander (Cmdr) Marika Vosawale thanked Mr. Welsh and the British Government for the equipment and highlighted that the equipment will greatly benefit the RFN RMSRCC during their operations.
The Digital VHF Base set, will enhance the Suva Coastal Radio Station (3DP) to raise its range in the VHF radio capabilities and meet the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) standards