FIJI PEACEKEEPING MISSION

Chronology of Peacekeeping Missions

1978 – 2004

Peacekeeping Mission with United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon (UNIFIL) in Lebanon. Deployment of first battalion was led by LTCOL E. Nailatikau former president of Fiji

1979

Fiji Observer Group for Africa (FOGA) the transitional force was led by Major A. Soqosoqo Mission completed after three months

1982

A Battalion was deployed to the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt for peacekeeping mission with the Multinational Force & Observers. The first battalion was led by LTCOL Jim Sanday

1988

RFMF officers invited and deployed as observers in war torn Afghanistan. Mission completed in 1993

1991

RFMF officers were invited by UN as observers following Operations Desert Storm led by US Forces in Iraq

1992 – 1993

RFMF officers were invited as observers with UNISOM in Somalia

1994

A coalition of Pacific Island Forces was invited to intervene on revolution warfare in Bougainville. The mission was codenamed Operation Blue Lagoon. The mission was sponsored by the Australian Government and was led by LTCOL S. Draunidalo

2000 – 2005

A company strength was deployed to East Timor to serve on a peacekeeping mission codenamed the International Force East Timor (INTERFET) which was sponsored by the Australian Government. The United Nations later took over the mission which was codenamed the United Nations Transition Assistance East Timor. The first deployment was led by Commander (Navy) L. Natuva.

2003

A company strength was deployed to the Solomon Islands to serve on regional mission with the Regional Assistance Mission Solomon Islands (RAMSI)

2004

RFMF was invited by United Nations to observe and secure UN positions, installations and personnel in Iraq under the Unaited Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI). The first deployment was led by LTCOL Saubulinayau

2013

RFMF deployed a battalion strength of peacekeepers to serve in Syria (Golan Heights) following the withdrawal of the Austrian Defence Force from the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF). Later a company plus strength of Fijibatt personnel were re-deployed to UNIFIL to furnish the needs of the United Nations on that mission.

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