French Fiji Military Exchange
December 9, 2015 5:36 pm
The French military are conducting and exchange program with their Fijian counterparts.
Over the next two weeks, survivalist training is being conducted with 25 Fijian soldiers and 25 French soldiers.
This is in addition to another 24 Fijian soldiers deployed to New Caledonia for nautical training.
Head of the French Command Colonel Christophe Ysewyn says this exchange is mutually beneficial.
“The training we are conducting is jungle training, so it consists of tactical exercises in a jungle environment and my solider will follow the Fijian armed forces , survival training and they will also have connect with a village, with the local population to discover the population of Fiji and at the end they will have to build a kind of canoe, to escape with a bamboo canoe.”
The Fijian soldiers are also being prepared to participate in a multi-national, multidisciplinary event which will be staged in New Caledonia in 2016.
Fiji will for the first time compete having for the first time observed the exercises last year which involves 10 other countries in the Pacific including US, Australian and New Zealand troops.