The US Coast Guard (USCG) plans to deploy a national security cutter (NSC) to the Western Pacific in the coming year to help build better relations with smaller maritime nations, enhance security, and provide another tool to signal US commitment to the region.
“In the East China Sea we’re looking in 2019 at deploying one of our national security cutters,” Admiral Paul Zukunft, USCG commandant, told Jane’s .
For now, he said, there will only be the one cutter on the single deployment.
“It probably will be the equivalent of a year’s worth of deployment, with the transit time on either end and the dwell time,” he said.
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