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September 22, 2022, 9:34 am
Fiji News

Contingent ready for MFO Batt 41 deployment

Story By: FIJI TV Team

A contingent of approximately 170 has completed a four-week Pre-deployment Training (PDT) at the Blackrock Training Camp in Nadi for deployment with the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in the Sinai. The Fiji Batt 41 who will be leaving our shores soon also consists of members of the Fiji Police Force (FPF) and Fiji Corrections Service (FCS).

Their main mission is to provide security at the South Camp and for the Civilian Observers Unit (COU), the verification arm of the MFO.

The troops spent the first week at the Lololo training ground where they went through weapon training drills. In the second week, they confirmed the skills learnt with day-and-night live firing exercise of the weapons at the Nausori Highlands.

Training in the third week consisted of a Mission Lane Training Exercise (MLTX). The 72-hour MLTX from August 29th to September 1st, 2022, simulated mission-specific tasks that the troops will be conducting on the ground. Likely scenarios were thrown in by the training team at Blackrock adding to the challenges faced by the draft troops.

The Commander, Joint Task Force Command, Brigadier General (Brig-Gen) Manoa Gadai visited the draft on exercise and was impressed by the standard and abilities of the troops who are commanded by Lieutenant Colonel (Lt-Col) Saula Koro.

Second Battalion Fiji Infantry Regiment (2FIR) Honourary Colonel, Brigadier General Apakuki Kurusiga in closing the PDT on 9th September told the troops that they should be good ambassadors.

"Remember that first and foremost you will be there as representatives for Fiji. Your actions in the mission area not only reflect on you but they bring glory to our nation or tarnish our reputation," Brig-Gen Kurusiga said.

The contingent presented two brush cutters to the Blackrock Camp as a token of appreciation during traditional ceremonies after the closing parade. Contingent Commander, Lt-Col Koro said that they want to give back to Blackrock something that will be useful for years to come especially in maintaining the general cleanliness of the facility.

Awards given during the closing parade are as follows:

𝘖𝘧𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘦𝘳 𝘊𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 (𝘖𝘊) 𝘗𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘦𝘬𝘦𝘦𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘚𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘭 (𝘗𝘒𝘚) 𝘙𝘪𝘧𝘭𝘦 𝘚𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘵 𝘈𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥 for most points during the Live Classification Shoot was awarded to 32278 Corporal Semiti Guvaki of 3 Platoon;

𝘕𝘢𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘶 𝘍𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘺 𝘛𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘩𝘺 𝘉𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘈𝘤𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘮𝘺 𝘈𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥 for top draft member scoring the most aggregate points in all theory lessons was awarded to 34332 Private Emosi Delai of 4 Platoon;

𝘞𝘖2 𝘙𝘢𝘷𝘰𝘬𝘢 𝘛𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘩𝘺 for best Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (SNCO) who performed with good quality leadership and pursuit of excellence in all aspects of the training was awarded to 31125 Sergeant Rosivela Vuluwalu Naisau of 3 Platoon;

𝘛𝘦𝘢𝘮 𝘓𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘈𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥 for the Best Platoon in the Drill Competition scoring the most point also went to 3 Platoon;

𝘚𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘭 𝘚𝘦𝘳𝘨𝘦𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘔𝘢𝘫𝘰𝘳 (𝘚𝘚𝘔) 𝘈𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥 for the Best Platoon in the Field went to 1 Platoon; and

𝘑𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘵 𝘛𝘢𝘴𝘬 𝘍𝘰𝘳𝘤𝘦 𝘊𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘈𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥 for the Best Overall Platoon in the four weeks of PDT was again scooped by 3 Platoon.