Naval Police get to know Fijiian counterparts in Suva

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Max Logan (author), CPL Jessica de Rouw (photographer)

Location(s): Suva, Fiji

Topic(s): HMAS Adelaide (L01), Defence Cooperation Program

RAN Naval Police Coxswains with Fiji Police officers on the flight deck of Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Dock HMAS Adelaide (III) during a visit to Suva, Fiji. (photo: CPL Jessica de Rouw)
RAN Naval Police Coxswains with Fiji Police officers on the flight deck of Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Dock HMAS Adelaide (III) during a visit to Suva, Fiji.

Fiji Police personnel were welcomed aboard HMAS Adelaide as part of an Australian Defence Force Joint Task Group 637.3 enhanced regional engagement activity during a five-day port visit to Suva, Fiji in November.

One of the sailors who gave them a tour of the 230-metre-long landing helicopter dock was Leading Seaman Naval Police Coxswain Elizabeth Monk, who said she enjoyed meeting with local law enforcement.

“It’s really good to host personnel from the Fiji Police aboard Adelaide,” Leading Seaman Monk said.

“I was deployed on Indo-Pacific Endeavour in 2018 where we also met with local law enforcement in Fiji.

“It’s great to continue that engagement and build on existing relationships.

“This port visit is a bit longer than last time I was here, and I look forward to going ashore,” she said.

The Fiji Police tour of Adelaide was one of many activities during the ADF’s visit.

The ADF’s ongoing presence in the Pacific is part of Australia’s Pacific Step-up and enduring Defence Cooperation Program.

Fiji and Australia have a long history of Defence cooperation focused on maritime security, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief, peacekeeping, and training.