US Naval Academy offers opportunity for mid-shipman from Fiji Navy

Under Secretary of the US Navy Thomas Modly responds to the media during the press conference at US Embassy in Tamavua yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

A MID-SHIPMAN from Fiji has been offered a position to be part of a graduating class at the United States Naval Academy.

Undersecretary of the United States Navy Tom Modly said this would be a four year program at the Naval academy.

“We do this with a lot of countries around the world and it’s a fantastic program because it gives them not only the professional education that they can bring back here but I think more importantly, it allows us to develop military to military relationships that extend beyond that four year term,” Mr Modly said.

“So your mid-shipman will be going to school with people who 10 to 15, 20 years from now will be the senior leaders in the United States Navy.”

He said a very qualified person would be picked for this offer.

“That candidate will make a lot of friends while they are there and these friendships will continue and that is critical to maintaining the partnerships.”

He also said the program would start with the class that comes in next summer.

“So I spoke to your head of Navy today and they are in the process of picking out the best candidate to do that. I told them to make sure the person is very smart and make sure he or she is a very good rugby player because we need some good rugby players at the Naval Academy.”

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