Fiji One Television was among other media organisations that boarded the aircraft to have first hand view of Fiji’s EEZ.
The New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orian Aircraft. is in the country for two purposes.
First to mark the 50th Anniversary of the withdrawal of RNZAF No.5 Squadron from Laucala Bay and conduct a maritime surveillance of Fiji’s EEZ, at the request of the Fijian Government, says Mark Yardley – Chief Air Marshall – NZ Air Force.
“we see Fiji as a important part of the Pacific and I think more importantly is that relationship and we look forward to work closely with the Fiji Military in our relationship”.
While this is the first since 2006, it shows the deepening relationship between the two contries.
“So todays flight is probably the start of that re-engagament in looking at the fishing plot in your EEZ so it is a opportunity to demonstrate our capability and desire to support the Fiji government”…Yardley says.
Today saw security personel of Fiji and New Zealand working closely side by side.
The aircraft returns tomorrow.