A safe, secure North Pacific

North Pacific nations are gathering this week to discuss the North Pacific Ocean, the body of water they all border that encompasses 21 percent of the world’s ocean area. The safety and economic security of these nations depends considerably upon the secure use of the ocean; for the large expanse of the North Pacific, this means strong relationships between nations with overlapping sovereignty, economic, security, emergency response and law enforcement concerns in the region. These relationships are bolstered each year through the North Pacific Coast Guard Forum.

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp meets with Korea Coast Guard Commissioner General Kim Suk Kyoon in Incheon, Sept. 13, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Annie R. B. Elis.

The Korea Coast Guard partnership

I had the distinct honor this past week to represent the U.S. Coast Guard during an official visit to the Republic of Korea, hosted by Korea Coast Guard Commissioner General Kim Suk Kyoon. This was my third stop in a series of official visits to strengthen ties with partner maritime governance organizations and learn more about the dynamic Asia-Pacific region.

North Pacific partnerships

Written by Pacific Area International Affairs. The safety and economic security of maritime nations depends substantially upon the secure use of the world’s oceans. By securing our world’s oceans we maintain vibrant maritime commerce and the ability to counter threats […]

Adm. Papp

North Pacific Coast Guard Forum 2010

A quick look at the northern half of the Pacific Ocean on a map or globe shows one of the largest stretches of open-ocean in the world. The vast expanses of our oceans can be a daunting prospect for a […]