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Commander of Fiji Military Forces
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Coat of arms of Fiji
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Incumbent
Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto

since December 2015
Member of Republic of Fiji Military Forces
Reports to Minister for National Security and Defence
Appointer President of the Republic
Formation 1971
First holder D. J. Aitken
Unofficial names Commander RFMF
Deputy Deputy Commander
Website Official website

The Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces is the highest-ranking military officer of in the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, who is responsible for maintaining the operational command of the military. The current commander is Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto.

List of Commanders[]

British rule[]

During British rule, the Commanders were:[1]

Commander Took office Left office Time in office
1
?
????
2
William Henry Cunningham
Major general William Henry Cunningham
(1883–1959)
194019421–2 years
3
Owen Mead
Major general Owen Mead
(1892–1942)
March 194225 July 1942 †0 years
4
John George Concanon Wales
Brigadier John George Concanon Wales
(1886–?)
July 194219430–1 years
5
G. Dihmer
Brigadier G. Dihmer194319451–2 years
6
Clive Lochiel Pleasants
Colonel Clive Lochiel Pleasants
(1910–1988)
194919533–4 years
7
Thomas Coats Campbell
Colonel Thomas Coats Campbell
(1911–1984)
195319562–3 years
8
J.P. Sanders
Colonel J.P. Sanders195619581–2 years
9
R.W. Foubister
Colonel R.W. Foubister
(1910–?)
195819601–2 years
10
Robertson Mackay Paterson
Colonel Robertson Mackay Paterson
(1918–1972)
196019621–2 years
11
Frank Rennie
Colonel Frank Rennie
(1918–1992)
196619692–3 years
12
John Moore Morris
Colonel John Moore Morris
(1924–2017)
196919711–2 years

Independence[]

Commander Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch Commander-in-Chief Ref
1
D. J. Aitken
Aitken, D. J.Brigadier D. J. Aitken197119742–3 yearsArmyElizabeth II[1]
2
Paul Manueli
Manueli, PaulColonel Paul Manueli
(born 1934)
197419794–5 yearsArmyElizabeth II[1][2]
3
Ian Thorpe
Thorpe, IanColonel Ian Thorpe197919822–3 yearsArmyElizabeth II[1]
4
Epeli Nailatikau
Nailatikau, EpeliColonel Epeli Nailatikau
(born 1941)
[lower-alpha 1]
198219874–5 yearsArmyElizabeth II[1]
5Rabuka, SitiveniMajor general Sitiveni Rabuka
(born 1948)
[lower-alpha 2]
198719924–5 yearsArmyElizabeth II
Himself
Penaia Ganilau
[1]
6
Epeli Ganilau
Ganilau, EpeliMajor general Epeli Ganilau
(born 1951)
199219996–7 yearsArmyPenaia Ganilau
Kamisese Mara
[1]
7
Frank Bainimarama
Bainimarama, FrankCommodore Frank Bainimarama
(born 1954)
[lower-alpha 2]
1999201414–15 years Fijian NavyKamisese Mara
Himself (twice)
Josefa Iloilo
Epeli Nailatikau
[1][3][4]
8
Mosese Tikoitoga
Tikoitoga, MoseseBrigadier Mosese Tikoitoga201431 July 20150–1 yearsArmyEpeli Nailatikau[1][5]
-
Viliame Naupoto
Tikoitoga, MoseseRear Admiral Viliame Naupoto (Acting)1 August 2015December 20154 months Fijian NavyEpeli Nailatikau
Jioji Konrote
[6]
8
Viliame Naupoto
Naupoto, ViliameRear Admiral Viliame NaupotoDecember 2015Incumbent5 years, 9 months Fijian NavyJioji Konrote[6]

See also[]

Notes[]

  1. Later served as President.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Later served as Prime Minister.

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 "Commanders". 2013. Archived from the original on 4 September 2015. https://web.archive.org/web/20150924090711/http://www.rfmf.mil.fj/Commanders/Commanders.html. Retrieved 12 January 2019. 
  2. (23 December 2006). Military, GCC agree to talks, Fiji Times, Retrieved November 22, 2010
  3. Fiji coup leader Frank Bainimarama quits military post for poll run Archived 6 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine., The Australian, 5 March 2014, accessed 6 March 2014
  4. Vuibau, Tevita (6 March 2014). "Military pays tribute to 'David'". Fiji Times Online. http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=261889. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  5. Vuibau, Tevita (6 March 2014). "By the book". Fiji Times Online. http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=261888. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Commander resigns - Fiji Times Online". http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=316206. Retrieved 28 October 2017. 


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