The U.S. Navy sent a P-8A Poseidon, operated by the ‘Mad Foxes’ of Patrol Squadron FIVE (VP-5), to Nadi, Fiji to support the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) operation Tui Moana in late June. Tui Moana is one of a series of multinational events monitoring the health and use of tuna fisheries in the Southwest Pacific.
This detachment included flights and Senior Leadership Engagements (SLEs) with Fiji civilian and military personnel in Nadi and Suva to improve interoperability and familiarization.
The U.S. Navy shares a mutual interest with other maritime nations in freedom of navigation, respect for international law, and unimpeded and lawful commerce.
These types of exercises allow for multilateral training while exchanging both skills and cultures.
The US shares many traditions and looks forward to opportunities to foster the ongoing professional partnership with Fiji and the other FFA participants.
VP-5 is currently on a routine six-month deployment to Southwest Asia and the Western Pacific Ocean.