The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mellon arrived in Suva today.
Commander Officer-Stephen Burdain says they are excited to be in Fiji for the very first time and are looking forward to working with the Fiji Navy and undertaking community service as well.
“Our Presence down here signifies our commitment to the Region and our Partner Nations like Fiji in the area. We patrol the high seas looking to make sure we counter the threats for narcotrafficking in the area as well as illegal and unreported and unregulated fisheries that are important to our Nations. Fiji along with the US and other 41 Nations and Agencies have signed onto an Agreement called the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission whose goal is to make sure that we manage and preserve the Fisheries stock for generations to come”
The 150 Crew officers and members will be visiting an Animal Shelter and the CWM Hospital’s Children’s Ward this week.