The Royal New Zealand Navy will be conducting maritime patrols in Fiji for the next 3 months.
The Royal New Zealand Navy’s inshore patrol vessel HMNZS Taupo left Auckland today.
The New Zealand Defence Force with support from the Ministry for Primary Industries, will help Fiji patrol its vast Exclusive Economic Zone and train its Navy sailors for the second consecutive year.
The patrols by HMNZS Taupo, in support of the Republic of Fiji Navy, will involve the usual compliance monitoring activities, which include two Fishery Officers from New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries assisting with boarding and inspection of vessels.
In 2017, the NZDF sent inshore patrol vessel HMNZS Hawea to Fiji to help patrol the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone, which encompass more than 1 point 1 million square kilometers.
Major General Tim Gall, the Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, said the combined maritime surveillance operations with Fiji would contribute to the multinational effort to ensure sustainable management of fishery resources in the South West Pacific.