US gives navy dive gear worth $200k

$200k worth of specialised dive gear was handed over by the US military to the Fiji Navy on Tuesday. Picture: FIJI NAVY

The Fiji Navy received $US95,000 ($F200k) worth of diving equipment from the United States (US) military on Tuesday.

A statement from the Fiji Navy confirmed this was part of the Fiji-US defence cooperation.

Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) deputy commander and chief of navy Commodore Humphrey Tawake said the equipment would allow divers to work more safely, efficiently and with greater versatility.

He said it would further enhance the capabilities of the Fiji Navy dive team.

US defence attaché Commander Victor Lange said the handover was part of a larger $US1.7 million ($F3.57m) grant project that would strengthen the capacity of the Fiji Navy dive program through the provision of equipment and training for its officers and enlisted dive personnel.

He said the US would also provide the necessary funding to ensure maintenance and utility of the equipment in the future.

The Fiji Navy stated as part of the grant project, Able Seaman Ligani Bulidreketi and Able Seaman Vitukawalu Damudamu would leave for the US for training.

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