U.S. Marines with Task Force Koa Moana 21, I Marine Expeditionary Force, and members of the Japanese Mine Action Service review photos of man-made mine-like objects taken off the coast of Palau on Oct. 20, 2021. File photo by Sgt. Marvin Lopez Navarro/U.S. Marine Corps

CALIFORNIA (PACIFIC ISLAND TIMES) — Task Force Koa Moana 22 is deployed to the Indo-Pacific to conduct security cooperation activities in Palau and the Northern Mariana Islands from June to August.

Task Force Koa Moana 22 comprises 200 U.S Marines and sailors from the 1st Marine Logistics Group and I Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, who will task-organise into multiple detachments with expertise in providing engineering, medical, and maritime law enforcement and explosive ordnance disposal capabilities.

Task Force Koa Moana 22 provides a unique opportunity to bolster relationships with Palau. 

Task Force Koa Moana 22 will conduct subject matter expert exchanges throughout Palau to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to the Compacts of Free Association and to enhance interoperability when responding to potential humanitarian assistance operations. 

Additionally, the task force will conduct subject matter expert exchanges and community relations projects on Tinian, Saipan and Rota, emphasising the importance of the relationship with the CNMI.

Named “Koa Moana,” after a Hawaiian/Polynesian phrase meaning “ocean warrior,” the task force is designed to strengthen and reinforce relationships between the U.S and partner nations in the Indo-Pacific, enhance interoperability with local security establishments, and serve as a humanitarian assistance survey team afloat in support of U.S Indo-Pacific Command strategic and operational objectives. 

Task Force Koa Moana 22 has diligently planned and adhered to Covid-19 mitigation measures to include vaccinations of all participating Marines and Sailors. All service members adhere to Department of Defense guidance and partner nation Covid-19 protocol. 

The task force will continuously monitor the health of all assigned service members throughout the deployment. The health and safety of the community and of our service members are our highest priorities…. PACNEWS

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