President Tommy Remengesau Jr. on Friday lauded the Marines and sailors for its continued service to Palau, which he said reflects the strong relationship between the nation and one of its closest ally – United States.
During the Koa Moana 20 reception on Friday aboard the USCN City of Bismarck, Remengesau said the mission showcased the top priorities of the partnership between Palau and the U.S.
“Our relationship with the US military not only strengthened by Palauans who served abroad but is also strengthened by the activities of the U.S. military here in Palau. Koa Moana is an exceptional example of the service that the U.S. military continues to provide to the people of Palau,” he added.
Remengesau said Koa Moana provided valuable mission to Palau including clearing of the airfield in Peleliu and refurbishing Palau’s critical infrastructure.
According to Koa Moana, The Task Force has conducted engineering projects on the island of Peleliu and the capitol island, Koror, in order “to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to the Compact of Free Association (COFA) and to enhance interoperability when responding to Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) operations. “
Earlier a special team of Marines from Task Force Koa Moana, located underwater unexploded ordnance in Peleliu.
According to a report from DVIDS, a specialized team of Marine explosive ordnance technicians, Littoral Explosive Ordnance Neutralization, or LEON Marines, on July 28, 2020, located and identified potential explosive threats on Peleliu.
Koa Moana will send a team to Angaur to help clear the airfield following a request from the state government.
The Koa Moana 20 mission, composed of 122 crew members arrived in Palau in July amid the global pandemic.
But President Remengesau said, in time of uncertainties, the mission is a welcome support to Palau, from infrastructure assistance to law enforcement training.
The president also encouraged the team to enjoy Palau’s tourism while they are on the island.
“We love to have you in Palau and proud to host you especially from Palau’s closest friend and ally, the United States,” he said.
The president also took the time to promote Palau as a safe and beautiful destination to the military personnel’s friends and relatives.
Koa Moana 20 have extended their stay until the end of the month to complete the Angaur project.