Photo credit: US Embassy - Palau

Nineteen (19) officers from four (4) different agencies completed a two-week US Coast Guard Boating Officers training conducted by the United States Coast Guard International Training Team. A ceremony marking the completion of the program was held on Friday, January 14th.

The training covered international law, various control techniques and defensive tactics, tactical defensive procedures, and maritime boarding procedures.

The training, said Vice President and Minister of Justice Uduch Sengebau-Senior, couldn’t have come at a better time.

“With the larger regional nations growing ever bolder with their movement near our borders and with the upcoming 7th Our Oceans Conference, it’s appropriate to adequately train our forces for the eventuality, for the confrontation at sea is ever on the rise.”

This was more than training–it served as another opportunity to improve relations between Palau and the United States, stated the US Charge D’Affaires David Ryan Sequeira, adding that the training provided an opportunity for these officers to develop and refine their skills.

USCG Squad Team Leader LTJG Spencer Conner praised the participants for “demonstrating pronounced enthusiasm and dedication to their respective organizations and passion to carry out their mission.”

The 19 officers who participated came from the Bureau of Public Safety, Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, Koror State Rangers, and Division of Maritime Security and Fish & Wildlife Protection. (By: L.N. Reklai)

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