Australian naval vessels berth at Suva

Members of the Australian Navy, Fiji Navy and Republic of Fiji Military Forces on board the HMAS Adelaide. Picture: VISHAAL KUMAR.

TWO Australian Royal Navy vessels HMAS Adelaide and HMAS Melbourne arrived in Suva this morning.

HMAS Adelaide, the sister ship of HMAS Canberra which provided humanitarian support during  Tropical Cyclone Winston in 2016 , and HMAS Melbourne, a guided missile frigate are enroute to Hawaii to participate in Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018.

Australian High Commissioner to Fiji , John Feakes while on board the vessel HMAS Adelaide, said the  visit  by the two vessels was about further strengthening the connectivity tissue which existed between the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces(RFMF).

“The visit is a visible tangible demonstration of the Australian government’s commitment in stepping up its relations with the pacific and in this case with Fiji,” Mr Feakes said.

HMAS Adelaide crew included eight Fijian sea-riders from the RFMF who boarded in Australia on  May 27 this year.

The crew of both ships will participate in a number of community activities and training exercises designed to further enhance the links between the two military forces and strengthen their ability to work together.

Both vessels will be in Suva until Monday.

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