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US Warship on a Mission

The USS Shoup (DDG 86) Navy Ship and the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces Navy are on a mission to detect illegal activities within our exclusive economic zone. USS
15 Oct 2018 14:51
US Warship on a Mission
US Navy personnel waiting for the USS Shoup (DDG 48) Navy Ship to arrive at the Port of Suva on October 14, 2018. Photo: Wati Talebula

The USS Shoup (DDG 86) Navy Ship and the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces Navy are on a mission to detect illegal activities within our exclusive economic zone.

USS Shoup (DDG 86) is in Fiji as part of the Oceania Maritime Security Initiatives (OMSI) deployment. It berthed at Port of Suva yesterday.

The initiative is a United States Secretary of Defence programme aimed at diminishing transnational illegal activity on the high seas in the Pacific Island and enhancing regional security and interoperability with partner nations.

Republic of Fiji Navy fleet operations officer Lieutenant Commander Timoci Natuva (Junior) said the Fijian Navy was looking forward to the new partnership with USS Shoup (DDG 86).

USS Shoup (DDG 86) Commanding officer, Commander Andy Strickland, said the goal of the combined efforts by the Navy and Coast Guard through the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative mission was to deter any harmful practises.

The US Navy sailors will also conduct professional exchanges with Fijian sailors and participate in community events during the port visit.

USS Shoup (DDG 86) commanding officer Commander Andy Strickland (first from left) with his officers during a meeting with (first from right) Republic of the Fiji Military Forces Navy fleet operations officer Lieutenant Commander Timoci Natuva (Junior) and his team on board the USS Shoup (DDG 86) on October 14, 2018. Photo: Wati Talebula

USS Shoup (DDG 86) commanding officer Commander Andy Strickland (first from left) with his officers during a meeting with (first from right) Republic of the Fiji Military Forces Navy fleet operations officer Lieutenant Commander Timoci Natuva (Junior) and his team on board the USS Shoup (DDG 86) on October 14, 2018. Photo: Wati Talebula

“We’re looking forward to hosting our Fijian counterparts aboard the Navy’s finest warship,” Commander Strickland said.

“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.”

USS Shoup (DDG 86) is hosting a formal reception, highlighting the partnership between the US Navy and country of Fiji, as well as Shoup’s OMSI mission tonight.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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