US Coast Guard Cutters Begin Operation Aiga in Oceania

Coast Guard Cutters Juniper (WLB 201) and Joseph Gerczak (WPC 1126) will aim to extend the Coast Guard’s at-sea enforcement presence in the region through a 40-day patrol. Aiga, the Samoan word for family, is designed to integrate Coast Guard capabilities and operations with Pacific Island Country (PIC) partners in order to protect shared national interests, combat illegal, unreported, and…

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Bougainville on Patrol in Samoan EEZ

The Overseas Support and Assistance Building (BSAOM) Bougainville continues its mission in Samoan waters after setting sail from Papeete. Due to the unavailability of its means of surveillance, the government of the Samoan Islands has asked its various partners to patrol its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Thus after the successive passages of the patroller La Glorieuse of the Armed Forces…

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Exchange Strengthens Regional Partnerships

Cook Islands, Fiji and Singapore have become the first three nations to successfully complete the inaugural Sea Training Group – Defence Cooperation Program (STG-DCP) non-reciprocal exchange. The exchange was established in 2018 primarily to support the introduction into service and training of the Guardian-class patrol boats as part of the Pacific Maritime Security Program (PMSP). Beginning earlier this year, the…

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USCGC Oliver Berry Patrolled Samoa Waters

Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Berry conducted patrol operations in Samoa’s exclusive economic zone in September 2021, deepening our close partnership with Samoa and promoting resource security within the area. The Oliver Berry’s crew helped to fill the policing gap for illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing while Samoa’s Nafanua II patrol boat was out of service. “The United States offered to…

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