Fiji Military Forces Officially Welcomes Commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto

Commander vows to prevent ‘uncertainty and instability in the country’

By Aqela Susu

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, June 21, 2016) – The Republic of Fiji Military Forces will ensure there is no place for uncertainty and instability in the country, says RFMF Commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto.

Rear Admiral Naupoto made this assurance after he was traditionally welcomed into the RFMF by senior officers and soldiers at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua yesterday.

"In that regard, I think prevention is better than cure. We will make sure that the environment that will create uncertainty or instability is never allowed to fester. We will at all times make sure that we are ready to do that," Rear Admiral Naupoto said.

He said the RFMF would work towards fulfilling its role outlined in the 2013 Constitution.

"That's the overall responsibility that is given to RFMF that we must ensure the safety, wellbeing and security of all Fijians.

"It's a big task, but it's a task that I think is performed by everybody. It's a task that needs everybody's collaboration and not only RFMF."

About 300 senior officers and soldiers gathered at QEB to welcome Rear Admiral Naupoto.

Rear Admiral Naupoto said the foundation of his tenure as the commander would be based on the themes whether the RFMF was fit for its role and fitting into the role.

"What we do will be underpinned by those two themes. We must make sure that we are fit enough to perform the role that RFMF is being given under the Constitution and we will also make sure that we train well, structure ourselves well and equip ourselves well so we can perform that big task."

Rear Admiral Naupoto was accorded a full traditional ceremonies of welcome yesterday.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, Cabinet Ministers and members of the diplomatic corps were also in attendance.

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