An Australian Navy vessel has arrived in Fiji for a nine-day seabed mapping operation -- the first visit by an Australian Navy ship in eight years.
The HMAS Leeuwin will conduct seabed mapping operations with the Fiji Hydrographic Office as well as various activities with the Fijian military.
The Australian High Commission in Suva says the visit builds on talks between Fiji's Defence Minister and the Vice Chief of the Australian Defence Force to build a renewed maritime partnership.
It will be the first visit by an Australian vessel since military ties between the two countries were renewed last year.
Last month, a delegation led by the Fiji military chief of staff, Captain Viliame Naupoto, travelled to Canberra for a week of defence cooperation talks.