USS Chung-Hoon Visits Palau

May 19, 2019 – USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) conducted a multi-day port visit to Palau, beginning May 15, 2019. During the port visit, Chung-Hoon’s Sailors immersed themselves in the local culture and experience a place with very rich history and beautiful scenery. “Palau was an absolutely beautiful,” said Fire Controlman (Aegis) 2nd Class Rafael Medina. “The food was great and the water was crystal clear. The tour of Jellyfish Lake had to be my favorite part of the port visit without a doubt. That experience that was truly once in…

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VP-47 Keeps Watch during FFA’s Operation Rai Balang in Pacific Islands

March 27, 2019 – The “Golden Swordsmen” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 flew multiple missions during Operation Rai Balang, a Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA)-led multi-lateral Monitoring Control & Surveillance operation with eight FFA members; Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Palau, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, Mar. 21-28. VP-47 surveillance missions during Operation Rai Balang supported FFA’s mission to detect, deter, report and/or apprehend potential illegal, unregulated or unreported fishing activity and to enhance Pacific Island Countries involvement and participation in maritime…

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New Zealand hosts conventional weapons conference

New Zealand is hosting 14 Pacific countries at the Pacific Conference on Conventional Weapons Treaties in Auckland from 12 to 14 February. New Zealand’s Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Fletcher Tabuteau, formally welcomed delegates to the Conference with a reception in Auckland. “The Conference provides an opportunity to reinforce the importance our region places on enhancing human security and protecting our peoples from harm,” said Mr Tabuteau. “It further reaffirms the role that the Pacific can play in protecting and strengthening global norms and in advancing the scope and span…

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