Australia assists Fiji redevelop Blackrock Camp

The RFMF band performing at the Army's training ground in Black Rock, Nadi in this file picture. The camp will be redeveloped and transformed into a regional hub for police and peacekeeping training and pre-deployment preparation. Picture: FT FILE

THE Australian government is assisting Fiji in redeveloping its Blackrock Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Camp situated in Nadi.

The redevelopment will result in the camp being transformed into a regional hub for police and peacekeeping training and pre-deployment preparation.

The Prime Ministers of Australia and Fiji made the announcement today in a joint media statement.

According to the statement, the Australian support will ensure the Blackrock facility will deliver enhanced capability development and stronger inter-operability between the Australian Defence Force and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF).

It also builds on the long-standing Defence Cooperation Program between the two countries, which focuses on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, maritime security, peacekeeping and training.

Fiji has demonstrated its commitment to regional and global security through 40 years of peacekeeping operations in Africa and in the Middle East.

The support has also indicated Australia’s commitment in supporting the RFMF conduct these operations, including through the provision of Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles and tailored training programs.

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