Naval News points out the apparent strong interest of many nations in West Pacific island nations, “Pacific Port Visits Show Regions Growing Importance: Expert.”
Certainly the Coast Guard has been calling on a these small island nations with significant regularity.
- “Coast Guard Cutter Munro visits Suva, Fiji, hosts shipriders during Operation Blue Pacific” –D14, Apr. 2022
- “Coast Guard Cutter Stratton visits Fiji during Operation Blue Pacific patrol” –D14 News Release, Feb. 2022
- “U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter visits Fiji” –News Release, June 2019
We are not the only ones visiting.
The post points to visits by USS Jackson (LCS-6), the UK’s HMS Spey (P-234), Japan’s JS Kirisame (DD-104) and India’s INS Satpura (F-48).
Somehow, I suspect of all these, the Webber class WPCs, like USCGC Oliver Henry’s recent deployment, are the most welcome, non-threatening, the right scale, not showing off, just trying to help.