Australia’s relationship with Fiji continues to strengthen with the first of two sustainment missions for 2020 transporting Fijian peacekeepers to the Middle East over the month of March.
CAPTION: Members of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces deploying as part of the next rotation the United Nations Assistance Mission – Iraq take their seats on a Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster III in preparation for take-off. Photo by Captain Krystelle Jones.
Seventy-eight soldiers from the Republic of Fiji Military Forces left Nadi on a Royal Australian Air Force C-17 A Globemaster III on 2 March to support their ongoing mission with the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
A second flight is scheduled to leave Fiji on 17 March with another 170 soldiers on a Royal Australian Air Force KC-30 MRTT bound for the Multinational Observer Force in the Sinai.
Both sustainment missions are expected to take about 10 days each with a series of connecting flights in and out of the region.
Approximately 175 Fijian personnel who have completed their deployment will also return home on these flights.
Fiji has contributed to peacekeeping missions for 42 years.
The ADF has supported them with flights since last year.