U.S. COAST GUARD CUTTERS IN PACIFIC TO HOUND CHINESE TRAWLERS
US National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien says the United States will station at least four Coast Guard cutters in American Samoa to beef up operations against marauding Chinese fleets engaged in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing practices.
O’Brien said in an official statement released that the US promotes a free and open Indo-Pacific region where like-minded nations uphold the international rules-based order.
“The United States is a Pacific power. The People's Republic of China's illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, and harassment of vessels operating in the exclusive economic zones (EEZs) of other countries in the Indo-Pacific, threatens our sovereignty, as well as the sovereignty of our Pacific neighbors and endangers regional stability. Efforts of the United States Government, including the United States Coast Guard (USCG) are critical to countering these destabilizing and malign actions,” he added.
“The USCG continues to modernize and enhance the capabilities of its fleet of major cutters, which play a prominent role in protecting our vital national interests, and where appropriate, those of our partners in the region. To that end, the USCG is strategically homeporting significantly enhanced Fast Response Cutters, built in a proven Louisiana-based shipyard, in the western Pacific. The new generation of Fast Response Cutters will conduct maritime security missions, such as fisheries patrols, enhance maritime domain awareness and enforcement efforts in collaboration with regional partners who have limited offshore surveillance and enforcement capacity, and ensure freedom of navigation,” O’Brien concluded.