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Sunday 6 August 2017

Vava'u, Tonga
Twisted ankles, severe dehydration, and even a bite from a gigantic Golden Orb Weaver spider were just a few of the maladies a medical team from the Nevada Air Guard treated in Vava'u, during Exercise Tafakula, a biennial, multi-national military exercise hosted by the Kingdom of Tonga in late July. The medics were requested by Tonga to also evaluate medical readiness of HMAF.
Sunday 30 July 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
His Majesty’s Armed Forces are currently conducting a two-week military training exercise called “Exercise Tafakula”. The joint exercise involves the participation of soldiers from the United States Marine Corp and Navy, the French Military and the New Zealand Defense Force. An opening ceremony for the exercise took place on July 17.
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Tuesday 30 May 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A soldier trainer who injured a recruit by burning him with an iron has been court-martialed and kicked out of the Tongan army.
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Friday 26 May 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The first combined training for Tonga's army, prisons and fire services recruits was completed today with a prize giving ceremony at Taliai Military Camp in Fua'amotu, where Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala reviewed the parade and presented awards. Photos by Linny Folau and Caroline Manu Moli
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Wednesday 7 September 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Vendémiaire, a surveillance frigate of the French Navy from Noumea was in Nuku’alofa this week on a goodwill visit that included conducting joint training exercises with the Tonga Navy and donated french reading books to the French Learning Centre.
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Tuesday 12 July 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Rear Admiral John Martin, New Zealand Chief of Navy is in Tonga this week on a bilateral visit that includes meeting King Tupou Vi and touring Masefield Navy Base and Taliai Army Camp.
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Monday 30 May 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An allied effort to combat potential drug trafficking in the South Pacific brought together 10 Tongan and American agencies in Nuku'alofa to exchange the latest information on drug identification as part of the Nevada National Guard / Kingdom of Tonga State Partnership Program between May 9-13.
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Tuesday 10 May 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The U.S. guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) arrived in Nuku’alofa yesterday morning, 9 May on a three day routine visit.
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Wednesday 16 March 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Major General Peter Kelly, New Zealand Chief of Army, is visiting Tonga this week ahead of a humanitarian and disaster relief exercise ‘Tropic Twilight’ to be led by New Zealand’s Army later this year in Ha’apai, involving defence forces from Tonga, Australia, US, China, Britain, and France.
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Friday 23 October 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HM King Tupou VI commissioned the VOEA Late, a 30.4m long landing craft at the Touliki Naval Base this moring, 23 October. Photos by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 20 October 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An $8 million (AUD) navy landing craft, funded by Australia - a new addition to His Majesty's Armed Forces (HMAF), will be commissioned by HM King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau'u this week, on Friday 23 October in Nuku'alofa.
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Wednesday 23 September 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Multilateral armed forces came together during final military operations for Exercise Tafakula on Tongatapu from September 9-11 that included security patrols and seeking mock enemy in difficult terrain.
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Friday 4 September 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tafakula, a multi-national military exercise is being held in Tongatapu from Thursday August 27 to Saturday 11 September.
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Wednesday 2 September 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A $5 million landing craft Voea Late for His Majesty’s Armed Force being built under Australia’s Pacific Patrol Boat program, was showcased in Newcastle this week.
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Tuesday 5 May 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Vendemiaire, a surveillance frigate of the French Navy is in Nuku'alofa this week on a goodwill visit and to conduct joint training exercises with the Tonga Navy.
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Sunday 21 December 2014

The retirement of Brigadier General Tau'aika 'Uta'atu, the Chief of the Defence Staff of His Majesty's Armed Forces was marked with a Farewell Military Parade at the Taliai Military Camp on Thursday morning, 18 December.
Monday 5 May 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 7th Contingent of His Majesty’s Armed Forces (Royal Tongan Marines) returned from Afghanistan last week, after completing their six-months of duty at Camp Bastion and Leatherneck in Afghanistan.
Monday 14 April 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Tonga’s army has entered a formal partnership program with the National Guard of Nevada that will strengthen their military cooperation in a new working relationship. The partnership declaration was signed in Nuku'alofa on April 11, by Brigadier General Tau'aika 'Uta'atu of His Majesty's Armed Forces and Brigadier General William Burks of the National Guard of the State of Nevada, USA.

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Wednesday 13 November 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Defence Services is now known as "His Majesty’s Armed Forces" and the Commander of the Tonga Defence Services renamed as "Chief of the Defence Staff".
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Wednesday 9 October 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
US Marines were angered by allegations first published in The Washington Post in April that troops from the Pacific island of Tonga were known to fall asleep while on post in the towers at Bastion. However, a US Central Command Memo has found that there was no evidence to suggest that was the case the night of the attack by Taliban insurgents in September 2012 on Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. In fact, the Tongan guards had different guard procedures than the Marines and Tower 17, the one nearest to the breach point that had guards, did not have a good vantage point of it
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