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RFNS Puamau to enhance maritime security

The commissioning of RFNS PUAMAU mirrors Fiji’s concerted efforts at the national level in developing the Maritime Powers legislation and Maritime Border Framework.

These strategic documents are poised to provide the legal mandate and framework necessary to strengthen joint coordination efforts at the Maritime Essential Services Centre (MESC).

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Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka and his wife Sulueti Rabuka at the commissioning of the RFNS PUAMAU.Photos courtesy of Fiji Government.

Making these comments while commissioning the new vessel at the RFNS Stanley Brown Naval Base in Suva, Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka paid homage to the late Able Seaman Timo Puamau highlighting that his legacy serves as a testament to courage and dedication to duty.

Rabuka shared that this milestone not only signifies Fiji’s commitment to maritime security but also embodies the spirit of regional cooperation and a collective approach to regional maritime security.

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“The enhanced VUVALE Partnership with the Pacific Maritime Security Program (PMSP) embodies our dedication to collaborative efforts to strengthen regional maritime security and address common security challenges.”

“At the heart of Fiji’s maritime aspirations lies the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent, a visionary roadmap that underscores the paramount importance of maritime security in achieving both national imperatives and fostering broader regional collaboration and partnership.”

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He said with a keen focus on safeguarding maritime interests, the 2050 strategy outlines the pivotal role that maritime security plays in realizing Fiji’s long-term objective for the Pacific to be a “region of peace”.

“Furthermore, the current work on Fiji’s National Development Plan (NDP) and the National Security Defence Review (NSDR) not only recognises Fiji’s dependency on its oceanic resources for our livelihood and economic security but also emphasises Maritime Security and Maritime Domain Awareness as a key cornerstone of national strategic priorities that underscores the imperative for bolstering maritime security capabilities.”

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“This is necessary to safeguard Fiji’s waters and maritime interests against a myriad of threats including non-traditional threats posed by transnational crime, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, drug trafficking, human trafficking and the national security impacts of climate and environmental changes.”

The Prime Minister added that with room for 23 crew and a 3,000 nautical mile range, the advanced capabilities and stellar performance of this vessel epitomises this commitment to make a substantial contribution to enhancing the safety and security of the maritime environment across the region.

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Reginald Chandar
Reginald Chandar
Head of News & Sports | news@fijilive.com

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