Women in the Navy

Fiji Navy newly-recruited officers during their passing-out parade at the Republic of Fiji Naval Ship Viti Togalevu (RFNS Viti Togalevu) outside Lami yesterday. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

OUT of the 79 new recruits enlisted, six were the first females to ever be recruited by the Fiji Navy. Commander of the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto said this was a milestone for the RFMF.

“This recruit is a milestone for the RFMF because for the first time we are recruiting women into the navy,” Cdr Naupoto said.

“In doing so, we amplify the call for equal opportunity for all as advocated by government whether it is opportunity for government, opportunity for education — it is equally available to all regardless of whether you’re a male or female.”

Cdr Naupoto reminded the recruits of the work that was expected of them.

“All that we expect from you, regardless if you’re a male or female, is hard work and commitment in giving your best in all that you do,” he said.

He added that the RFMF now had a zero tolerance policy on violence against women and children.

“Which means that if any member of RFMF is found guilty of an offence that violates this policy, the person will be discharged dishonourably from RFMF.”

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