Naval ship visits home of late seaman

RFNS Savenaca crew members with Yalobi villagers after the cere yesterday. Picture: SUPPLIED

The Republic of Fiji naval vessel Savenaca visited Yalobi Village, Waya, Yasawa, home of Savenaca Naulumatua, the late seaman the ship is named after.

Onboard the vessel was Republic of Fiji Military Forces Commander Rear-Admiral Viliame Naupoto and acting Chief of Navy Commander Marika Vosawale.

Mr Naulumatua was a member of the Fiji Naval Volunteer Force who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Battle of Kolombangara in waters off the Solomon Islands.

He died when the HMSNZ Leander he was a crew member on was sunk by a Japanese torpedo in July 1943.

A traditional “cere” and welcome ceremony was performed for the crew of RFNS Savenaca by Yalobi villagers.

A plaque was also unveiled to commemorate the visit.

RFNS Savenaca was gifted to Fiji by Australia and has a crew of 23 and a 3000 nautical mile range.

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