The US Coast Guard (USCG) is making strides in operations in Oceania and the polar regions, Admiral Karl Schultz, USCG commandant, noted on 20 February in his 2020 State of the United States Coast Guard address.
"Later this year, we will continue Operation AIGA to strengthen the community of island nations in Oceania," Adm Schultz said. "By pairing an ocean-going Coast Guard buoy tender and Fast Response Cutters, we will promote rules-based order, build capacity, and affirm the United States' positive and enduring role in the region."
The USCG also remains on track, he added, to take delivery by the end of the year, of the first two 46.9 m Fast Response Cutters to be homeported in Guam.
Want to read more? For analysis on this article and access to Jane's unrivalled data and insight, learn more about our subscription options at janes.com/products