Minister for Defence and National Security, Hon. Ratu Inoke Kubuabola today officiated as chief guest at the 42nd Anniversary for Fiji Naval Day celebrations at the Stanley Brown Naval Base at Walu Bay in Suva.
While speaking to the naval officers, Minister Kubuabola highlighted the need for an increase in the capability of the Fiji Naval Division.
Hon. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama also joined the naval officers, retired officers, members of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces and friends and families of the Fiji Navy at today’s celebration.
“Fiji is a maritime nation. An island state which demands its waters and seas protected. I envisage the Fiji Naval Division positioned in Savusavu, Labasa, Rakiraki and other strategic entry points,” Minister Kubuabola said.
“Unlike ports of entry, access to Fiji through our maritime islands in the Lau, Lomaiviti, and Vanua Levu are open, and exposes our country and our people to risks and emerging threats.”
He emphasized the importance of ensuring the safety, security and management of our seas and how it requires the extensive commitment of all State actors to tackle issues that concern our seas.
“Our maritime domain faces many threats and challenges. Adverse impacts on the security and safety of Fiji and the entire Pacific region are real. Illegal immigration, terrorism, piracy and drug trafficking, human trafficking are a few issues the Fiji Naval Division now confronts,” Minister Kubuabola said.
Minister Kubuabola was accorded a quarter guard.
The commemoration also saw the launching of the Fiji Naval Division’s Maritime Surveillance Centre.
[Source: Fijian Government]