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Photo: A member of the Republic of Fiji Military Force drives a Bushmaster protected mobility vehicle through the obstacle course, under the guidance of an Australian Army driver training instructor

 

Brisbane-based Australian Army soldiers are training troops from the Republic of Fiji Military Force (RFMF) on how to use (PMV) as part of an ongoing agreement between the two nations.

A member of the Republic of Fiji Military Force drives a Bushmaster protected mobility vehicle through the obstacle course, under the guidance of an Australian Army driver training instructor. © Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence

The Fijian Government purchased refitted Bushmasters from Australia in 2017 for use in peacekeeping operations and training in Fiji, and the Australian Army has been providing the RFMF driver training.

A member of the Republic of Fiji Military Force drives a Bushmaster protected mobility vehicle through the water obstacle, under the guidance of an Australian Army driver training instructor. © Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence

Eighteen Republic of Fiji Military Force soldiers are taking part in the most recent course, run by 7th Brigade at Gallipoli Barracks and the Greenbank Training Area, to learn how to drive the vehicles in various terrain, recovery methods and maintenance before becoming Bushmaster instructors themselves back in Fiji.

A member of the Republic of Fiji Military Force conducts Bushmaster protected mobility vehicle driver training on the skid pan, under the guidance of an Australian Army driver training instructor. © Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence

7th Brigade, through 8th/9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, has a strong habitual relationship with the RFMF and will continue to work together on training and engagement opportunities throughout the year and into the future.

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