RFMF says military exercise up north are not scare tactics

Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) chief of staff Brigadier General Jone Kalouniwai. Picture: FT FILE

REPUBLIC of Fiji Military Forces chief of staff Brigadier General Jone Kalouniwai says the recent exercises conducted in Labasa by soldiers were “not scare tactics”.

Speaking to this newspaper, he said the military exercise was preparing the Third Fiji Infantry Regiment (3FIR) for any situation that could arise in the lead-up to the 2018 polls.

Brig-Gen Kalouniwai said they would consider scenarios peculiar to Fiji and the way things had turned out in the past.

He said the 3FIR was the tip of the spear for the RFMF.

“The leadership puts a lot of emphasis on the 3FIR so for the last three weeks where we had the battalion out here (Labasa) is really a show of stability within the RFMF where we wanted to assure the people of this country that we are capable and readily available to meet any contingency,” he said.

“This included them (personnel) coming out with the various scenarios that they could be faced with.

“We had supporting elements from the engineers, medical team and other branches which synchronised the RFMF body together to try and mitigate any contingency that we feel could present itself to the RFMF.

“It is just about getting men and women in the 3FIR prepared, and again it’s not a scare tactic.”

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