13 Jun 2019

Fiji military to get two new ships

12:39 pm on 13 June 2019

Fiji's military will get two new survey vessels donated by Australia and South Korea.

Navy boat

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The boats, which were confirmed by economy minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum will bring Fiji's total fleet to seven.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum told the Fiji Sun the new vessels are expected to arrive in Fiji in November.

He said Fiji will put $US500,000 toward personnel costs for the ships, which will be equipped for maritime surveillance.

According to budget estimates passed last week, the government has allocated $US48 million to military spending over the next two years.

It has also put aside $US1.1 million for the "purchase of a new vessel".