August 24, 2016 3:11 pm

Commander Naupoto visits New Zealand to build defense ties

The New Zealand Defence Force is presently hosting a visit by the Commander Republic of Fiji Military Forces (CRFMF), Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto over the next few days. Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto had initially arrived into New Zealand earlier today. The Chief of Defence Force of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), Lieutenant General (LTGEN) Tim […]

The New Zealand Defence Force is presently hosting a visit by the Commander Republic of Fiji Military Forces (CRFMF), Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto over the next few days.

New Zealand Chief of Defense Force Lieutenant-General Tim Keating greats the Commander Republic of Fiji Military Forces (CRFMF) Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto. (RFMF Media)
New Zealand Chief of Defense Force Lieutenant-General Tim Keating greats the Commander Republic of Fiji Military Forces (CRFMF) Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto. (RFMF Media)

Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto had initially arrived into New Zealand earlier today.

The Chief of Defence Force of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), Lieutenant General (LTGEN) Tim Keating, said he was pleased to host Rear Admiral Naupoto and was looking forward to positive outcomes after the positive engagement with his counterpart.

KEATING: “There has been a good momentum in the defence relationship of late; this visit builds on that. I am pleased to be hosting RADM Naupoto. This is the first visit to New Zealand by a Commander of the RFMF for many years.”

A New Zealand defence force statement said defence cooperation was formally resumed between the two military forces in late 2014, following a normalising of relations.

KEATING: “Earlier this year the NZDF deployed a number of vessels, aircraft and over 500 personnel to assist Fiji after Tropical Cyclone Winston hit the country.”

Meanwhile, Rear Admiral Naupoto’s programme includes meetings with the Secretary of Defence Helene Quilter, a welcome ceremony at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, visits to Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Base in Auckland and the Devonport Naval Base and concluding with the laying of wreath at Pukeahu.

He is expected to return this Sunday.