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Fiji Follies Mimic First World Navigation Problems

by | Jun 18, 2024


There are now eight (there were nine before this disaster) total patrol vessels in the navy of Fiji; this is simply negligence and lack of proper training much like the US Navy collisions in 2017.

It is extraordinarily expensive to reconstitute a vessel that has flooded in seawater even if salvaged.

A mission to salvage a boat that ran aground on its maiden voyage after Australia gifted it to Fiji has begun, with efforts underway to minimise any environmental impacts including a potential oil spill.

Fiji’s navy said on Saturday that favourable weather conditions would assist the recovery of RFNS Puamau, which hit a reef on Fiji’s remote Lau group of islands on Monday, during its first patrol.

It said in a statement that Australia had sent specialised recovery equipment that would be used to extract the boat from the reef, with a second vessel set to transport the gear to the site.

And then this nonsense surfaces:

“The Republic of Fiji Navy reaffirms its commitment to minimising environmental impact during the de-fuelling process now underway,” it said.

“Measures to mitigate a potential oil spill have been deployed, and navy divers and engineers on scene continue to monitor the situation.”

The priority will never be fighting but sustaining the narrative.

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Bill Buppert

Bill Buppert

Bill Buppert is the host of Chasing Ghosts: An Irregular Warfare Podcast and a contributor over time to various liberty endeavors. He served in the military for nearly a quarter century and contractor tours after retirement on occasion and was a combat tourist in a number of neo-imperialist shit-pits around the world.

He can be found on twitter at @wbuppert and reached via email at

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