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    USCG personnel train Djiboutian Coast Guard

    USCG personnel train Djiboutian Coast Guard

    Photo By Julia Casper | Tom Kelly, U.S. ambassador to Djibouti, delivers remarks during a Djiboutian Coast...... read more read more

    DJIBOUTI

    11.06.2014

    Courtesy Story

    Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti

    By Lt. Marquesio Robinson

    DJIBOUTI - Homeported in Yorktown, Virginia the International Mobile Training Branch is the backbone of the U.S. Coast Guard’s effort to provide training worldwide.

    Each year, working with the international affairs staff, members of MTB travel to countries around the globe providing technical training and consulting services in maritime law enforcement, small boat operation and maintenance, search and rescue, and infrastructure development for countries with waterway law enforcement programs. In FY2014, MTB conducted 60 deployments in 25 countries providing instruction to nearly 2000 students.

    Recently a USCG Mobile Training Team comprised of Lt. Robinson, Senior Chief Maritime Enforcement Specialist (MECS) Walters, Machinery Technician 1st Class (MK1) Carpio, and Maritime Enforcement Specialist 1st Class (ME1) Merrick arrived in Djibouti to provide a two-week boarding officer course to 16 students from the Djiboutian Coast Guard (DJCG). The BOC focuses on improving comprehension of topics such as international law, authority and jurisdiction, safety and occupational hazards, use of force protocols, and professionalism through knowledge based and practical exercise lesson plans. Among the seven uniformed services of the U.S., the USCG is uniquely positioned to effectively utilize its 11 statutory missions in an effort to advance the strategic national interests of the U.S. government. Working closely with the State Department’s embassies across all combatant command theaters, the USCG’s MTB provides a unique service to our foreign partners seeking an avenue to either establish a self-sustaining professionally trained and equipped Coast Guard capable of enforcing the law within their territorial seas, or assist with refresher training as demand outpaces organic capabilities.

    The DJCG was established in 2010 merging members from the Gendarmerie into a Coast Guard, currently the DJCG has 145 members. The Djiboutian Coast Guard’s missions are anti-piracy and the protection of its seas and port facilities.

    As Senior Chief Walters stated, “If we can help to keep our armed services personnel safe through capacity building and strengthening strategic relationships then we have accomplished our goals." The MTT plans to recommend additional training for the Djiboutian Coast Guard in the form of instructor development, small boat operator and outboard motor maintenance courses.

    According to Lt. Robinson, “We provide a unique service to our foreign partners seeking an avenue to either establish a self-sustaining professionally trained and equipped Coast Guard capable of enforcing law within their territorial seas, or assist with refresher training as demand outpaces organic capabilities.”

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    Date Taken: 11.06.2014
    Date Posted: 11.10.2014 00:51
    Story ID: 147458
    Location: DJ

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