Fiji navy rescues fishing vessel crew member, 5 still missing

The search continues for five other crew including two Fijians and three Indonesians who jumped overboard in Fiji waters amid a reported ‘violent incident.’  

The survivor was rescued from a life raft and transferred to Fiji Police in Nadi.

According to the navy another two survivors, both Fijians who had remained onboard the distressed Fiji-flagged vessel Tiro 2 were picked up early this morning by a partner fishing vessel Sam Weon 11.

“FV Tiro 2 sank this morning after taking in water last night.”

Indonesian navy releases video of crew singing farewell song

The video, filmed a few weeks ago, shows the sailors singing an Indonesian hit called Sampai Jumpa (see you later).

Officials confirmed on Sunday that the KRI Nanggala - which sank off the coast of Bali on Wednesday - had been found split into three pieces on the sea bed.

All 53 crew were confirmed as dead.

The submarine had been taking part in a torpedo drill just before it disappeared and the reason for its sinking is not yet clear.

The video shows the vessel's commander, Heri Oktavian, among those gathered around a crew member playing an acoustic guitar.

Australian Pacific Maritime Security Programme continues to support His Majesty’s Armed Forces

VOEA Pangai was commissioned by His Majesty late King Tupou IV.

Her commissioning Commanding Officer was then His Royal Highness Lieutenant Commander ‘Ulukalala Lavaka Ata, now His Majesty King Tupou VI.

VOEA Pangai saw almost 30 years of distinguished service in the Tongan Navy including peacekeeping missions in Bougainville in 1994, assistance to Niuafo’ou in 2009 following a tsunami and support to Fiji after Tropical Cyclone Winston in 2016.

Tonga's RIMPAC inclusion 'shows US relationship forging ahead'

Tonga is the only small island state among 26 invited nations for the 26th Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise, directed by the US Navy.

The director of the Pasifika Centre at Massey University, Malakai Koloamatangi, said the US decision to exclude China from the exercise is disappointing as Tonga has close ties with Beijing.

He said Fiji's absence was a surprise too.

US nuke sub, troops send Pacific-wide message

A US Navy submarine carrying nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles is visiting Guam for the first time since the late 1980s and US and Japanese troops will practice amphibious landings on Pacific islands.

The submarine USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735) is making what the Navy formally calls a "scheduled port visit" to the US territory in the Pacific, according to a Navy press statement.

But a US defense official says that both Japanese and South Korean delegations are in Guam at this time and will be offered rare tours of the submarine.