SAN DIEGO – The United States Navy and Coast Guard began their joint mission in the Western and Central Pacific under the Oceania Maritime Safety Initiative (OMSI) to reduce and eliminate illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, fight transnational crime and strengthen regional security, July 28.
The coastline-variant independence combat ship USS Jackson (LCS 6), with a Pacific Coast Guard law enforcement detachment of the Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team, is conducting enforcement operations maritime law through the application of international law and the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention in order to protect the security and sovereignty of the resources of the United States and the Pacific Islands. The OMSI program is a program of the Secretary of Defense that harnesses Department of Defense assets transiting the region to improve maritime security and maritime domain awareness, thereby supporting regional stability and partnerships in Oceania.
“The USS Jackson, along with HSC-23 Detachment 4, are motivated and ready to contribute to the OMSI mission,” said Cmdr. Stacy Wuthier, Jackson’s commanding officer. “We are committed to maintaining regional security by supporting our partners in the US Coast Guard as they enforce fishing laws and suppress illegal activity in the Western Pacific. “
The Oceania Maritime Security Initiative enhances maritime security and maritime domain awareness by enabling U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement personnel to conduct maritime law enforcement operations from assets in the United States Navy in coordination with the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission.
An integral part of the United States Pacific Fleet, the United States 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Indo-Pacific and provides the realistic and relevant training necessary to perfectly execute our Navy’s role across the spectrum of military operations – from operations to fighting for humanitarian aid and disaster relief. The U.S. 3rd Fleet works with our allies and partners to advance the freedom of navigation, the rule of law, and other principles that underpin the security of the Indo-Pacific region.
For more information on the USS Jackson, please visit https://www.surfpac.navy.mil/lcs6/.