Members of Her Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) Newcastle recently undertook extensive forensic boarding training from the US Coast Guard (USCG) and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Middle East Field Office at the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Headquarters based in Bahrain.
The United States Coast guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia (PATFORSWA) has a team of consummate professionals that provide subject matter expert exchanges (SMEEs) focused on Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) tactics to armed forces and agencies throughout the Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility. This group, known as the Maritime Engagement Team (MET), touts a facility that has a nearly 3000 sq. ft (300 sq. meter) “Ship-in-a-Box”, a 36ft (10-meter) Fishing Dhow, and a climate controlled classroom.
Over the past few weeks, the United States Coast Guard Cutter Aquidneck has patrolled the Gulf of Oman to conduct counter-terrorism and maritime security operations in support of CTF-150.