The Arctic and Pirates of the Pacific

Two news releases that I thought might be of interest. They seem to show where the Coast Guard might be moving in the future. I’m not quoting the full text just giving the basics.

First relative to the Arctic:

“Officials at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy established the Center for Arctic Study and Policy (CASP) in a ceremony Sept. 19, attended by Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger, Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard.

“The establishment of the Center is part of the Coast Guard’s strategic objectives for the Arctic which include improving awareness, modernizing governance, and broadening partnerships in the region.”

And relative to both Piracy and additional interest in the Pacific:

“The U.S. will become the 20th nation to join the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) on Tuesday.

“Established in 2006, ReCAAP’s mission is to enhance regional cooperation through information sharing, capacity building and cooperative arrangements in combating piracy and armed robbery against ships in the region. It is the first government‐to‐government agreement to promote this type of enhanced collaboration for fighting piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia.

“Coast Guard Rear Adm. Paul Thomas, the assistant commandant for prevention policy, will represent the U.S. as a governor on the ReCAAP council.”

4 thoughts on “The Arctic and Pirates of the Pacific

  1. I vividly remember all the tales of pirates and hide-outs being told when I was a kid. Each time followed by a “that was looooong ago”. Back then, in the nineteen-sixties, everyone thought piracy was a thing of the past. What amazes me most is that is has come back with a vengeance although back then there was no satellite monitoring, no fast long-range interceptors, no GPS etc.

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