RFMF Commander visits Australia to inspect the refit of RFNS Kikau
June 28, 2017 11:45 pm
RFMF Commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto has concluded a one week visit to Australia after accepting an invite from the Australian Defense Force for an official visit to Canberra.
The RFMF Commander visited Norship Industries in Cairns, Queensland to inspect the progress of the refit of RFNS Kikau.
The refit and repairs would take at least seven months.
When the Kikau arrives back into the country, the RFNS Kula will be taken for repair in Australia under the same program.
Rear Admiral Naupoto was briefed on the progress of the refit by its project manager and engineers of Norship industries, royal Australian navy specialists and international policy division of the Australian ministry of defense personnel.
Admiral Naupoto was also briefed on the progress of the Pacific Patrol Boat replacement program and forecasted delivery dates for Fijis new patrol boats which are scheduled to be delivered in 2022.
Rear Admiral Naupoto also visited the Australian Defense force operations training centre.