The Republic of Fijian Navy Ship Kikau is once again in the hands of the Fiji Navy after a significant restorative repair at the Norship shipyard in Cairns.
The repairs and upgrade are a continuation of Australia’s significant investment in Fiji’s maritime security and enforcement capability, with approximately 20 million Fijian dollars committed to the repair of Kikau.
Along with the Kikau’s crew and Norship Marine staff, on hand for the handover ceremony was the CEO of Norship Marine Olav Groot and the Director General Specialist Ships Commodore Wendy Malcolm RAN.
The crew of the Kikau performed a meke to honor those who had dedicated their efforts into repairing the vessel.
The Commanding Officer, LCDR Joseva Tunidau and his crew will now spend time at HMAS Cairns preparing for the upcoming multi-national exercise, Exercise Kakadu, based out of Darwin before returning to Fiji at the end of September.
Fiji’s Pacific Patrol Boats provide significant arability to conduct maritime surveillance, counter illegal fishing, conduct search and rescue, and provide humanitarian assistance.