RFMF conducts close-country training with New Zealand Army at Nausori Highlands

RFMF conducts close-country training with New Zealand Army at Nausori Highlands

By Rusiate Baleilevuka
Thursday 28/07/2022
[Photo: Supplied]

In the 30-degree heat of Fijian jungle, with mosquitoes buzzing, a group of New Zealand soldiers are learning how to operate in a new environment and alongside foreign troops for the first time.

Officer Cadet School (OCS) of New Zealand students are this month taking part in Exercise Veiliutaki, which is designed to test students in command, leadership and battlecraft.

Using the Nausori Highlands to conduct close-country training with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), 90 New Zealand Army soldiers, 72 RFMF personnel and four international students from Tonga and Fiji combined into multi-national platoons.

The Officer Cadets were platoon commanders, learning how to command a group of 30 people, going through exercises such as ambushes, quick attacks, clearances and establishing a secure base (harbour).

Captain Jonty Hooson, Senior Instructor of the Field Wing at the OCS says the cadets found navigating jungle terrain for the first time challenging but worthwhile.

Commanding Officer of the Third Battalion Fiji Infantry Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Penioni Naliva, addressed the troops at the end, thanking the New Zealand Defence Force for making the exercise happen.

Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
Ratu Sukuna Celebrations 2023
People turned out in numbers to be part of the Ratu Sukuna Day celebrations, which began with a march from the Flea Market to Albert ...
21 hours ago

Girmit Celebrations 2023
The Girmit story isn’t a story confined to one community in Fiji, it is a story that belongs to all of us. This was highlighted by the National ...
13 days ago

Fiscal Review Commitee members, Richard Naidu and Vani Catanasiga appear on fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan
Fiscal Review Committee chair, Richard Naidu and senior member, Vani Catanasiga appeared on fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan to discuss ...
14 days ago
Over a tonne of rubbish collected from Suva foreshore
Over a tonne of rubbish was collected along the shoreline from the Fiji Revenue and Customs Services to the Helipad next to the Suva Bowling Club duri...
2 hours ago
Ministry of Health receives Transperineal Ultrasound Machine worth $150,000
Screening for prostate cancer will be that much easier after the official handover of the $150,000 Transperineal Ultrasound Machine donated by Extra ...
14 minutes ago

Supporting the delivery of health services will be difficult if we continue to lose skilled workers to Aus and NZ – PM
Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka says it will be difficult to support the delivery of health services if we continue to lose our skilled health workers ...
19 minutes ago

FijiCare launches Fiji’s first travel insurance plan and the VuvaleCare Micro-insurance
People will now be able to purchase travel insurance through a Fijian insurance provider and FijiCare has launched their Comprehensive Travel ...
3 hours ago

Hundreds march in Suva City to mark World Oceans Day
‘Stop it, Save it, Think of our future’ were the calls from the International Primary School students to mark World Oceans Day in Suva this ...
3 hours ago

Celebration of World Ocean Day must pursue solutions to promote sustainability and traditional knowledge - Nata
While we celebrate World Ocean Day around the globe today, we must pursue solutions that will encourage or promote marine sustainability in the ...
5 hours ago