USCG, Navy Team Up for Pacific Security Enforcement Mission

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy are on a mission in the Western and Central Pacific as part of an effort to enforce security in the regions and lower and curb opportunities for illegal, unregulated, unreported fishing and transnational crimes.

The USS Charleston and a Coast Guard law enforcement detachment from the Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team are teaming under the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative, which uses Department of Defense assets traveling the area to bolster “maritime security and maritime domain awareness, ultimately supporting regional stability and partnerships in Oceania.”

“The Charleston team is excited to work alongside the U.S. Coast Guard in conducting the OMSI mission,” said Cmdr. Joseph Burgon, Charleston’s commanding officer. “The embarked U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement detachment is a force multiplier and one of the greatest assets we have in countering illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the Indo-Pacific and strengthening regional partnerships.”

LEDET 104 is proud to play a part in the fight against IUU fishing in the Western and Central Pacific region, said Lt. Carlos Martinez, LEDET Officer in Charge.

“Our team of highly trained law enforcement professionals are ready to respond to this growing threat against our global resources with our maritime partners,” he said.

By Pacific Maritime