As part of the Pacific Partnership, the U.S. Navy and Republic of Fiji military forces are handing over new classrooms at Navonu Primary School

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SUVA, U.S. Embassy Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu — Engineers from the United States and Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) have officially handed over a new two-room classroom for the Navonu Primary School at the Fiji Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts (MEHA). British Royal Navy Captain Kerri Harris, attended the handover ceremony, July 2, representing the United States Navy Pacific Fleet where he is seconded as Director of Humanitarian/Disaster Relief disaster response and combined operations. The event was organized and brought together the teachers, students and community of Navonu Primary School along with MEHA North Division Education Officer, IlisevaVolai.

Captain Harris said: “The Pacific Partnership Navonu project has touched many hearts. It’s more than a new solar-powered school building; more than a refuge from future cyclones; more than a portal to the outside world (the internet) – it shows the power of partnership as the Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Three proudly partnered with members of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces to improve the environment of the pupils of the primary school of Navonu. School.”

US Naval Mobile Construction Battalion THREE and members of RFMF Engineers constructed the classroom in Vanua Levu as part of Pacific Partnership 2022 (PP22). The US Navy and RFMF engineering team opened the new classrooms on May 26, and the move comes after a 42-day, $946,000 collaborative effort to build the two-room schoolhouse. from Navonu Primary School.

Now in its 17th year, the Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific region. As part of Pacific Partnership 2022 (PP22), the mission team conducts missions throughout Oceania and the Western Pacific. The Pacific Partnership 22 team works with host nation counterparts and regional partners to provide tailored medical, dental, and veterinary care and conduct bilateral engineering civic actions, and exchange information related to processes and procedures. disaster response. Commitments vary depending on the requirements and requests of the host country.

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