Independent Board of Inquiry to investigate grounding incident of RFNS Puamau - Commander Kalouniwai

Independent Board of Inquiry to investigate grounding incident of RFNS Puamau - Commander Kalouniwai

By Vijay Narayan
Monday 17/06/2024
Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Major General Ro Jone Kalouniwai

The Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Major General Ro Jone Kalouniwai confirms the RFMF has decided to convene an independent Board of Inquiry to investigate the recent grounding incident involving RFNS Puamau in Fulaga, Lau.

Major General Kalouniwai says the decision to initiate this independent Board of Inquiry stems from the significant monetary value of the affected vessel, valued at around $20 million, and the recent commissioning of RFNS Puamau into the Fiji Navy Fleet within the last month.

He says it is imperative for the RFMF to demonstrate their commitment to transparency and accountability by thoroughly examining the mishap in terms of processes and procedures.

Major General Kalouniwai says while acknowledging the internal investigations conducted by the Fiji Navy, the RFMF believes that an independent Board of Inquiry will enhance the thoroughness and objectivity of the inquiry, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the incident.

He adds their primary goal is to prevent similar occurrences in the future and uphold the highest standards of safety and operational excellence within the Fiji Navy.

The RFMF appreciates the support and cooperation of all stakeholders as they embark on this independent investigation process.

Further updates and information regarding the findings will be disseminated in due course.

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