A brand new patrol boat will help Fiji curb the narcotics trade that is shipped through Pacific waters.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama made the comments while speaking at the handover ceremony of the new Guardian Class Patrol Boat that he received on behalf of the Fiji navy.

Bainimarama said the new vessel could not enter the ranks of the Fijian Navy at a more pressing time.

Bainimarama says international criminal networks are hitting the Pacific hard particularly with the drug trade.

The vessel departs for Fiji next month after its crew wraps up over two years of training.

“That’s all well and good. If this ship were departing tomorrow, I’d have half a mind to jump on board myself. You know, I actually took part in Fiji’s first-ever Naval deployment to Seattle some decades back and – to this day – I’ll always take a few days at sea over a few hours in a plane. “

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