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US Navy Vessel Here As Part Of Oceania Maritime Security Initiative Deployment

The guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) arrived at the Suva port this morning. This is part of the part of the ship’s Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) deployment. The
14 Oct 2018 15:29
US Navy Vessel Here As Part Of Oceania Maritime Security Initiative Deployment
The USS Shoup (DDG 86) arrive in Suva. Photo: Wati Talebula

The guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) arrived at the Suva port this morning. This is part of the part of the ship’s Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) deployment.

The 320-member crew were greeted at Port Muaiwalu by the Republic of Fiji Military Forces brass band.

 

The RFMF brass band at Port Mua-iWalu, Suva.

The RFMF brass band at Port Mua-iWalu, Suva.

While in Suva, Shoup will host a formal reception tomorrow to highlight the partnership between the U.S. Navy and Fiji, as well as Shoup’s OMSI mission.

Shoup Sailors will also conduct professional exchanges with Fijian sailors and participate in community events during the port visit.

Republic of Fijian Navy Maritime Commander, Commander Ledua Yaco and Ordinary Seaman Samuela Basaga were transferred on to the USS Shoup on a black hawk helicopter to welcome the crew.

 

Republic of Fijian Navy Maritime Commander, Commander Ledua Yaco and Ordinary Seaman Samuela Basaga arrive on board the USS Shoup (DDG 86).

Republic of Fijian Navy Maritime Commander, Commander Ledua Yaco and Ordinary Seaman Samuela Basaga arrive on board the USS Shoup (DDG 86).

“We’re looking forward to hosting our Fijian counterparts aboard the Navy’s finest warship,” said Cmdr. Andy Strickland, commanding officer of USS Shoup.

“Our last port visit here, while short, was an incredible experience. I know our crew is looking forward to exploring the island and engaging with the local community again.”

A U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) from the Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team is embarked on Shoup as part of the OMSI mission. Through bilateral agreements, the U.S. Coast Guard assists ten Pacific Island nations in patrolling the waters around their exclusive economic zones (EEZs).

 

Part of the 320-member crew on board the USS Shoup (DDG 86) .

Part of the 320-member crew on board the USS Shoup (DDG 86).

 

Each of the nations have territorial waters stretching out 12 miles from shore. Beyond that, stretching out 200 nautical miles are EEZs, areas defined by national law that allows each nation exclusive rights to the exploration and use of maritime resources.

OMSI deployments are a secretary of defense initiative aimed at diminishing transnational illegal activity on the high seas in the Pacific Island nations of Oceania’s exclusive economic zones (EEZ) and enhancing regional security and interoperability with partner nations.

U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Pacific and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy and constantly coordinates with U.S. 7th Fleet to plan and execute missions that promote ongoing peace, security, and stability throughout the Pacific theatre of operations.

The USS Shoup (DDG 86) crew will be involved in the following programme:

·         15th Monday 9.30am:

Community Service at Home of Compassion

·         16th Tuesday 9:00am:

Community Activity at The Little Ones Learning Centre

·         16th Tuesday 2:00pm

Community Activity – Basketball Game

·         16th Tuesday 4:30pm

Community Activity – Mangrove planting

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