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Fiji's Military Commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto has revealed that his contract as the Army Commander comes to an end in March 2021.
Commander Naupoto highlighted this while commissioning the first ever Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Navy Band today at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua.
Naupoto who was emotional during the launch says he never thought he would see the day that there would be a Navy Band and that his term was also coming to an end.
Naupoto said the event would add on to their rich history.
“Today, on display as the RFMF Navy band is a direct product of the RFMF band,” Cmdr Naupoto said.
“The navy band will work in conjunction with the RFMF band in discharging the duties required of the band.
“Now with two bands, they will be able to share the very heavy workload currently shouldered by the one RFMF band.”
Meanwhile, Commander Naupoto has confirmed that a member of the Fiji Military Forces has been recently implicated in a quarantine breach.
Naupoto said the soldier, in breach of strict COVID-19 protocols, was seen coming into contact with individuals who have been placed in quarantine in Nadi.
He said the soldier has been placed in quarantine as a precautionary measure and will be dealt with severely.
“We are serious with what we do over there and that is the last thing we would want to be doing, for those that come into quarantine and for those looking after quarantine to be breaking protocols otherwise the whole programme of quarantining is just null and void when someone breaks it.”
The Commander said he has sent out a clear reminder to soldiers working in the frontline of COVID-19, to be vigilant.
The RFMF has been mandated to provide security at all quarantine facilities and isolation centres, assisting the Health Ministry in its fight against the pandemic
SOURCE: FIJI VILLAGE/FIJI TIMES/FBC NEWS/PACNEWS
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