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American destroyer arrives in Suva

An American naval ship, the USS William P. Lawrence, arrived in Suva yesterday for a routine port visit. The destroyer carries more than 300 sailors who will work together with the U.S. Embassy Suva to conduct goodwill activities in Fiji with partner organizations as well as Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) activities in the Western Pacific […]

Peni Shute

February 11, 2016 10:32 am

An American naval ship, the USS William P. Lawrence, arrived in Suva yesterday for a routine port visit.

The guided‑missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence. Photo: PhotoBucket.
The guided‑missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence. Photo: PhotoBucket.

The destroyer carries more than 300 sailors who will work together with the U.S. Embassy Suva to conduct goodwill activities in Fiji with partner organizations as well as Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) activities in the Western Pacific Ocean.

OMSI takes advantage of Department of Defense assets transiting the region to support maritime law enforcement operations in Oceania and then move operations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

Also, aboard the ship is a team from the U.S. Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Team South who are here to conduct maritime law enforcement operations in support of U.S. and Pacific Island Nations fisheries laws and to suppress illicit activities.

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