US Coast Guard Delegation Completes
Visit to Kamchatka Peninsula
KAMCHATSKY (RIA Novosti, by Oksana Guseva) — A US Coast Guard
delegation has completed an official visit to Kamchatka peninsula,
Russian Far East, which resulted in signing an agreement on further
cooperation and approving a plan of joint actions and patrolling
FSB Coast Guard North Eastern department official told RIA Novosti
that the main part of the delegation led by US Coast Guard 17th
District Commander, Rear Admiral James Olson had left the peninsula
on board a C-130 Hercules military aircraft.
discussed joint activities, including a meeting in Washington
on a bilateral draft agreement on cooperation in observing fishery-regulating
laws in the Bering Sea. They said the joint efforts contributed
to ensuring the two countries’ national security.
guards started cooperating in 1995, after the two countries’ relevant
coast guard services had signed a memorandum of understanding
and launched joint patrolling in the Pacific Ocean’s northwestern
guards hold joint exercises, share service experience and exchange
information on fisheries and violator vessels.
A total of
35 events to stop illegal sea fishery and 15 search and rescue
operations have been held since.
US Conduct Joint Exercise
APRIL 27, (RIA Novosti’s Oksana Guseva) — A joint exercise involving
Russian and US coast-guard ships began near the Kamchatka Peninsula.
RIA Novosti, Andrei Orloff, press-service chief of the north-east
border-control department of the Russian Federal Security Service’s
coast-guard division, noted that the ships were exercising in
Avacha bay. Their crews will practice mutual orientation, maintaining
is to end April 28, with the ships then sailing into Avacha harbor.
of the seventeenth US Coast Guard district is now visiting the
Kamchatka region. Meanwhile the exercise was organized within
this visit’s framework. The sides are to sum up the results of
their joint operations, discussing and signing cooperation documents
with the north-east border-control department of the Russian FSB’s
coast-guard division. US guests will also visit the Kamchatka
communications-and-monitoring center, acquainting themselves with
Russian border guards’ weaponry.
In 1996 both
countries signed an agreement on jointly protecting biological
resources inside the convention district.
Russian and US border guards conduct joint and consecutive patrol
missions in the Bering Sea’s convention districts, in the northern
Pacific and along the demarcation line between Russian and US
waters. Moreover, they hold joint exercises, exchanging experience
and information about the fishing situation and violator ships.
conducted 35 anti-poaching operations, as well as 15 search-and-rescue
operations, on the high seas.