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SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Jan.13) - Thirty-four Fijian soldiers will leave for Australia on Saturday as part of the Regional Assistance Mission in the Solomon Islands.

The troops will undergo training in Townsville before leaving for the Solomon Islands.

Fiji Military Forces spokesman Captain Neumi Leweni said the troops underwent pre-deployment training but were now on leave with their families.

Meanwhile, 3FIR commanding officer Colonel Jackson Evans has taken up the post of Chief of Staff Land Force Command as Colonel Pita Driti is attending a course at the Staff College in Canberra.

Colonel Evans recently returned as Commanding Officer of the United Nations Mission to East Timor.

Colonel Samu Saumatua will replace Colonel Meli Saubulinayau as commanding officer of the First Fiji Infantry Battalion regiment deployed to Iraq.

January 14, 2005

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