"The most demeaning verbal threat incident was when we were threatened with sexual assault and that individual even stated that it was common in the Navy and on the RFNS Kiro...I told them I would prefer to be shot than be sodomized on board the Kiro" - George Speight to BOI
RFNS Kiro (left) ran aground at the Cakauyawa reef near Makuluva Island
* Natuva says a Board of Inquiry would be set up to determine the cause of the Kiro grounding
* Fijileaks: When will Viliame Naupoto, the then Naval Commander and now Commander of the RFMF, be arrested and charged, as recommended by a Board of Inquiry into the beatings of George Speight and his fellow coupists on board the RFNS Kiro?
And what about shameful Natuva? When will he face a Board of Inquiry?
DEFENCE Minister Timoci Natuva has labelled the running aground of Republic of Fiji Naval Ship RFNS Kiro as "shameful news for the Navy".
RFNS Kiro ran aground last Friday on Cakauyawa Reef near Makuluva Island, just a little more than 10km outside of Suva.
Confirming the incident last night, Mr Natuva said a board of inquiry would be set up to determine the cause of the incident.
"But it's shameful news for the Navy because hardly in any navy that (a) ship has run aground," Mr Natuva said.
"Right at the moment I don't have the details because it has to go through an investigation board of inquiry and the outcome of what happened and then there would maybe a court-martial."
He said a ship equipped with modern technology such as a Global Positioning System (GPS), radar, gyrocompass and sea charts should not run aground.
Mr Natuva said the Prime Minister and former Navy Commander Voreqe Bainimarama had not been briefed on the matter.
"The Prime Minister should have been briefed this afternoon (yesterday) and it is shameful that it has not happened."
He said he does not know right now whether the ship would be salvaged or not.
Mr Natuva said with RFNS Kiro running aground, it would be difficult for the Navy to patrol Fiji's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
"Even though we have five ships, they are limited in their capability."
The RFNS Kiro was provided to the Fiji Navy by the Australian Defense Force in 1995.
As of yesterday evening, a team from this newspaper that visited the site noted the vessel was still stuck on the reef.
When contacted last night, acting Navy Commander Marika Vosawale said he would not comment on the matter.
With RFNS Kiro running aground, the Navy is left with four operational vessels RFNS Kikau, Kula, Levuka and Lautoka. Source: Fiji Times, 19 July 2016