D’Entrecasteaux’s port call to Fiji

Specific challenges need to be addressed here in Fiji and other Pacific Island countries as well.

This was stressed by the Captain of the French Navy Vessel, Lieutenant Louis Ballu when his vessel the D’Entrecasteaux berthed at the Suva Port last Thursday.

Lieutenant Ballu says Fiji is like France, as it is in the Pacific region and one specific issue that needs to be looked at is the fight against climate change and its consequences.

Ballu says the purpose of their visit to Fiji is to conduct maritime surveillance, check for illegal fishing, smuggling and any other illegal activities.

He says their port call is vital as it allows them to have the knowledge of the area, as they may assist Fiji in cases of a natural disaster, in terms of carrying supplies from the mainland to smaller islands.

Meanwhile, the new Commander of the French Armed Forces of New Caledonia, Brigadier General Frank Barrera shared the same sentiments and said that our common enemy is climate change and that’s why we have to work on the resilience of Fiji, New Caledonia and other Pacific Island countries.

Brigadier Barrera says Fiji has changed a lot since he last visited 15 years ago and climate change is evident.

The D’Entrecasteaux has been to Fiji three times this year, once in Lautoka and twice in Suva.

The French Navy vessel departed our shores yesterday.

Last updated on: 17 December 2019