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U.S. Destroyer, Coast Guard Help Pacific Island Nations Patrol their Waters

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG-86) pulls into the Port of Suva, Fiji during a port visit Oct. 14, 2018. Navy photo.

As Arleigh Burke guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG-86) steams through the Oceana region on an independent deployment, the crew is assisting small Pacific island nations with protecting their exclusive economic zones.

Shoup is engaged in an Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) deployment, which has the ship working with several Pacific island nations to offer training on how to protect crops. A nation’s territorial waters extend 12 miles from shore, but countries can claim exclusive economic zones – controlling access to fisheries and ocean floor minerals — up to 200 miles from shore. Many of these nations do not have the type of equipment to patrol their waters adequately, Cmdr. Andy Strickland, Shoup’s commanding officer, told USNI News.

“We bring a lot of capability to them, whereas they don’t have the long-endurance equipment to remain on station,” Strickland said of the assistance the U.S. Navy offers Pacific island nations.

Shoup recently pulled into Fiji, offering to help the local military officials patrol the nation’s fishing region. Strickland said much of his job is meeting with local officials, “Communicating to these Pacific island nations that we’re here to help,” Strickland said. “We’re not here to patrol the waters or fish the waters too; we’re here to help you protect your natural resources.”

Much of Shoup’s mission is protecting the island nations’ fishing rights, which is a vital part of the local economies, Strickland said. U.S. Coast Guard personnel are aboard Shoup, offer to nations law enforcement services the Navy does not provide.

“A lot of island nations do not make their money by fishing their own waters,” Strickland said. “They make their money by selling permits for other counties’ commercial fishermen to come in and fish their waters.”

Fishing boats with flags from all over the Pacific to fish. Complicating the mission, Strickland said, is each nation sets its priorities for its exclusive economic zone. Shoup’s crew monitors ships working inside a nation’s these zones. If something looks fishy about a vessel’s operations, the Coast Guard can board the fishing boat.

To help sort through the myriad of fishing regulations, the Navy has also signed ship-rider agreements with ten island nations, Strickland said. These agreements allow a local naval officer from a host nation rides with Shoup.

“(Shipriders) kind of call the shots, per se, inside their exclusive economic zone,” Strickland said. “We utilize our sensors to identify the fishing craft out there and propose it to them if they want to board this vessel. If they’re agreeable to that, the Coast Guard and ship-rider will board the ship and go through their myriad of checks that they’re operating within in the law.”

  • Paul 2

    This can sound like a minor kerfuffle, but EEZ fisheries are of a serious nature to the host nation. BZ to the Navy and Coast Guard for engaging in this low cost/high reward nation building activity.

    In a perfect world, I’d like to see these nations have their own capability to reach out 200 miles to sea.

    • ngatimozart

      The Australians build them Pacific class patrol boats as part of their ongoing Pacific aid package. Currently a Royal NZ Navy IPV has been based in Fiji undertaking Fijian EEZ patrolling with both Fijian naval and fisheries personnel onboard as well as NZ fisheries personnel onboard. This too is an ongoing package and it is used to train and mentor Republic of Fiji Naval personnel both alongside and at sea. Also a RNZN OPV is in Pacific Island waters undertaking blue water patrolling with local fisheries personnel, a USCG officer and I believe a French officer onboard.

      • bob

        Coasties just turning up in the damnedest places. 🙂

  • NavySubNuke

    Great job to the crew for the work they are doing over there. Everything we can do to build up allies and partners in the region to counter’s territorial ambitions is a good thing.
    That said – does the surface fleet paint their ships anymore? It isn’t exactly sending the best message to these folks that the ship we sent to help them has visible rust spots all over it. China is doing enough messaging that we are a receding power and they are the rising one without us sending fleet units that visually look like they are rusting away.

    • .Hugo.

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      • NavySubNuke

        Hugo — always nice to hear from you. When you are quiet for weeks at a time I start to wonder if you have run afoul of your guards and been murdered like so many others in China.
        Have a great day!

        • .Hugo.

          there has been no topic of my interest, and nice try avoiding a valid response. 🙂

          • NavySubNuke

            Come on now Hugo – you know I only provide valid responses to valid posters.
            Paid trolls and political prisoners simply posting what they are told to post don’t deserve valid response.

          • .Hugo.

            actually you just can’t give a valid response, in here we all knew…. 🙂
            .
            china gives ship to fiji and sends hospital ship to treat people, while the u.s. has to send a warship to remind people of its power, hehe….
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          • NavySubNuke

            ** Pats Hugo on the head ** Whatever lies you need to tell yourself sweetie. At least you haven’t been put down by your government yet.

          • .Hugo.

            doesn’t really matter on that, as long as the world is seeing that you are a receding power, as you have said it yourself. 🙂

          • NavySubNuke

            LOL. Oh Hugo – you really need to work on getting better things to say from your masters — what I actually said was “China is doing enough messaging that we are a receding power”.
            No worries though – I realize you aren’t actually allowed to be honest and are just saying what you are told to say to avoid being executed like so many others in your country.

          • .Hugo.

            and again, you are indeed a receding power. i just don’t know why you have to keep repeating that. 🙂
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          • NavySubNuke

            ** Pats Hugo on the head ** Whatever lies you are forced to tell sweetie.

          • .Hugo.

            there is no lie, there are only facts you cannot refute, that is why you have to resort to personal insults, hehe….

          • NavySubNuke

            ** Pats Hugo on the head ** LOL oh troll, you really are funny.

          • .Hugo.

            yes, it is actually quite funny seeing you behaving like that. 🙂

            guess you will have to repeat just everything again soon, hehe….

          • NavySubNuke

            my only curiosity with you Hugo is if you are paid to lie or if you lie to keep yourself or your family from being murdered. I know you can’t answer though so there is no point in asking just as there is no point in giving a serious reply.

          • .Hugo.

            “if”…? so you are not sure, that is very good to know. by the way, only your so-called “allies” murder people, hehe….

          • NavySubNuke

            Please troll, your government murders more of their own people in a month than all of America’s allies do combined in a year.
            I know you aren’t allowed to agree with that but we both know it is true.

          • .Hugo.

            sure, the kmt govt and the south vietnamese govt have more political murders, that’s why they both lost the civil wars, haha….

            oh and so killing a few is ok for the “allies” as long as the govts are pro u.s., got it, hehe….

          • NavySubNuke

            LOL, it is funny to see the spin you are told to put on things. It is going to be a really sad day when you tick off your masters enough they execute you amd your family.

          • .Hugo.

            my only family member who had lost his life unnaturally was just my grandfather during ww2, the rest of them are living just fine, and that’s the sad news for you, hehe….

          • NavySubNuke

            Glad to hear they are still alive for now. The ones who were allowed to be born that is…
            Keep up the good work lying here and you just might be able to keep them that way!

          • .Hugo.

            it’s only shown that you’re wrong again. 🙂

            maybe it’s you to keep up the good work of diverting when you can’t win instead? hehe….

          • NavySubNuke

            There is nothing to win or lose here — I’m simply mocking a troll who isn’t even allowed to watch Winnie the Pooh never mind think for himself.

          • .Hugo.

            glad you finally realized that you can never win in this topic, you have learned, hehe…

          • NavySubNuke

            Of course – there is no way to “win” a debate against someone who tells nothing but lies – it isn’t worth wasting the time to try.

          • .Hugo.

            sure, prove the news reports from fiji as lies then, hehe….
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          • NavySubNuke

            Why would I even bother looking into the off topic nonsense you post troll?

          • .Hugo.

            it is of course on topic when they’re about fiji’s maritime capability which china has helped to boost and the u.s. not. it’s also about china’s increased goodwill influence of sending a hospital ship to help instead of the u.s. sending a warship to “remind” people of its firepower. remember that “if you are not a friend then you are an enemy” statement? hehe….
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            or maybe you just want to call fijian med!a nonsense now? 😀
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          • NavySubNuke

            I never said Fijian media was nonsense, I just said the garbage you are told to post is off topic nonsense. As you proved here with your attempt at an explanation.
            Nice try though troll. I forget sometimes how desperate you Chinese are for some kind of pat on the head so here you go — ** Pats Hugo on the head **

          • .Hugo.

            troll, guards, political murders, pats on the head, winnie the pooh….
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            these are all the real nonsense from you when you are trying to divert. you just can’t stay on the topic, hehe….
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            and i can simply say this again: with the facts given in fiji and other pacific islands, you are indeed a receding power. 😉
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          • NavySubNuke

            Again, my only purpose here is to mock a troll so i am not sure wjat you are expecting.
            If you were an honest person capable of independent thought i would be happy to have an actual discussion with you. But we both know you arent so qhwy waste the time.

          • .Hugo.

            again, your only purpose is to divert when you can’t win a debate. we can all see that. 🙂
            .

  • PolicyWonk

    This is exactly the type of mission that our so-called “littoral combat ships” classes should be conducting. These less-than-dangerous presence missions are about the only thing LCS’s can do without recklessly endangering the lives of those unfortunate enough to be assigned to them.

    Yet they remain welded to the piers stateside, where they can more efficiently siphon sailors and other valuable resources away from fighting ships that need crews (and maintenance to stay in fighting trim), while delivering value to only to the coffers of LockMart and Austal.

    • Kypros

      I was just about to type a similar post on the LCS. Free up a Burke to do other things.

      • NavySubNuke

        Or to at least get painted…. Hard to do influence ops and win hearts and minds when your ship is rusting away.
        Hence the “Great White Fleet” not the “Great Orange Streaked/Rusty Fleet”

        • Kypros

          That too!

  • muzzleloader

    Liberty in Fiji? Count me in!

  • Robert Donnelly

    This is unbelievable! As part of the design team for the the Burke Class, I was amazed that the Navy went “astern” in their design of surface combatants. The LCS, as stated previously, was built for this type of mission – that is overwhelming pirates and fishing boats. Is the Navy afraid to use LCS ships here for fear of failure?

    • Secundius

      Same can be said about “Arleigh Burke’s”! As I recall USS “John S. McCain” and USS “Fitzgerald” were “T-Boned” in the South China Sea in 2017…

      • Robert Donnelly

        Read the History of the collisions. Due to poor/incompetent training of Bridge Officers + Others. Chart history of. Officers relieved all the way up the line.

        • Secundius

          AND!/? NO “A.I.’s” on Arleigh Burke’s. So Crappy performance by Crappy Crew, translates to a Crappy Ship…

  • .Hugo.

    sure, after you losing it, there’s no debate, hehe….
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    again, china gave ship and sent hospital ship to aid the pacific islands, while the u.s. sent in a warship to remind them of its “power”. 😛
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    • NavySubNuke

      LOL. Oh little troll you really are entertaining.
      Again, no one cares about what China did – this thread isn’t about what a murderous dictator has his Navy, it is about what the US navy is doing in the region.

      • .Hugo.

        right, guess who cared and mentioned china first?
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        YOU.
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        NavySubNuke • 7 days ago
        Great job to the crew for the work they are doing over there. Everything we can do to build up allies and partners in the region to counter’s territorial ambitions is a good thing.
        That said – does the surface fleet paint their ships anymore? It isn’t exactly sending the best message to these folks that the ship we sent to help them has visible rust spots all over it. China is doing enough messaging that we are a receding power and they are the rising one without us sending fleet units that visually look like they are rusting away.

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        so it is yourself being the joker, as usual, lol…. 😀
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        • NavySubNuke

          And your point?
          If you were smart enough to think for yourself you would realize my post was actually on topic….

          • .Hugo.

            my point? simple….
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            you lied, and most of your replies are off topic, hehe…. 🙂
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  • .Hugo.

    thanks for admitting it. 🙂
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