Military of Fiji

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The Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), with a total manpower of 3,500 active soldiers and 6,000 reservists, is one of the smallest militaries in the world. However, most of its surrounding island nations have no militaries at all, in comparison to its size and population has a relatively larger than needed one, even larger than that of Papua New Guinea's. The men in the active army are organized into six infantry and one engineer battalions, with approximately 6,000 reserves. There was formerly one "Zulu" company of counter-revolutionary specialists, which was deactivated in late 2000 due to a mutiny by some of its members.

The first two regular battalions of the Fiji Infantry Regiment are traditionally stationed overseas on peacekeeping duties; the 1st Battalion has been posted to Lebanon, Iraq, and East Timor under the command of the UN, while the 2nd Battalion is stationed in Sinai with the MFO. Peacekeepers income represents an important source of income for Fiji. The 3rd Battalion is stationed in the capital, Suva, and the remaining three are spread throughout the islands.

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Organization

  • Commander RFMF - The Commander RFMF is of 1 star rank. He is assisted by the Deputy Commander and the Chief of Staff, who are responsible for Strategic Command and Land Force Command. The current Commander is Commodore Frank Bainimarama.
    • Strategic Command - Strategic Command is responsible for all of the long term and strategic concerns of the RFMF, including welfare, legal issues, sustainability issues etc.
    • Land Force Command - Land Force Command is the operational organisation of the RFMF, and is responsible for all of the main units:
      • HQ Land Force Command (Commander Lt Col Pita Driti 2007)
      • Naval Unit
      • Fiji Infantry Regiment
        • Regular Force
          • 1st Battalion
          • 2nd Battalion
          • 3rd Battalion
        • Territorial Force
          • 4th Battalion
          • 5th Battalion
          • 7th/8th Battalion
      • Fiji Engineer Regiment
      • Logistic Support Unit
      • Force Training Group

Equipment

The Fijian Navy

The military includes a 300-man strong Navy, which on 25 July 2005 celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of its founding. It was formed in 1975, following the government's ratification of the United Nations Law of the Sea convention. The Navy is responsible for maritime needs in border control, such as watching over Fiji's exclusive economic zone and organizing task and rescue missions. It currently operates 9 patrol boats. Military aid is received from Australia, the People's Republic of China, and the United Kingdom (although the latter has suspended aid as a result of the 2006 military coup against the civilian government).

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