Royal Australian Navy’s Armidale-class patrol boat HMAS Wollongong arrived in Fiji, berthing at Kings Wharf in Suva harbor on Monday.
Wollongong is visiting Fiji as part of a regular South West Pacific Deployment that helps to build relationships between the Republic of Fiji Military Force and the Australian Defence Force.
During her deployment, the patrol boat is set for visits to Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and New Caledonia.
Through the course of the deployment Wollongong will work with each country to enhance fisheries protection and maritime surveillance capability, and to develop interoperability with the ADF.
En route to Suva, Wollongong conducted passage exercises and training with Republic of Fiji navy Ship Kula and Royal New Zealand Navy ship Hawea. The patrol boat will remain in Suva for the week conducting training, community engagement and sporting events.