Military Capabilities

USCG enforces North Korea sanctions in the East China Sea

21 March 2019

The US Coast Guard (USCG) National Security Cutter Bertholf (WMSL-750) has finished patrols in the East China Sea to help enforce United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) intended to stop countries from avoiding North Korean sanctions through illegal ship-to-ship transfers.

The UNSCRs are meant to keep fuel, coal, and other cargo from reaching North Korea and the USCG is among the international maritime forces being used to stop the illegal shipping and transfer of such goods.

The 418-ft Legend-class cutter Bertholf departed Alameda, California, on 20 January for the deployment. From a tactical perspective the ship is under the control of the US Navy (USN) 7th Fleet, as well as the US Indo-Pacific Command (INDO-PACOM), which is responsible for regional military operations.

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