Fiji

Operation Wasawasa

In 2018 the New Zealand Defence Force will deploy two Royal New Zealand Navy Patrol Vessels in support of Fiji’s programme of maritime and fisheries surveillance. The first of these, Inshore Patrol Vessel HMNZS Taupo, left for Fiji on 21 May 2018. This follows on from a similar deployment of a Royal New Zealand Navy Inshore Patrol Vessel in 2017.

On 20 March 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs issued a release regarding the 2018 Fiji deployment: https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/nz-and-fiji-cooperate-maritime-surveillance(external link) (external link).