2020 News 

USCG, USN & RCN Strengthen Partnerships Through Strategic Plan

May 28. 2020 – The U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, and Royal Canadian navy signed a five-year strategic plan Tuesday, laying the foundation for future coordination and joint operations.

Vice Adm. Linda Fagan, commander Coast Guard Pacific Area; Vice Adm. Scott D. Conn, commander Navy Third Fleet; Royal Canadian Navy Rear Adm. Bob Auchterlonie, commander Maritime Forces Pacific; and a small delegation of their staffs participated in a Three-Party Staff Talks (TPST) meeting via videoconference which culminated in the signing of the strategic plan.

Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Wrenn Senser, left, and a Coast Guard Precision Marksman assigned to Maritime Safety Response Team (MSRT) West provide overwatch for Direct Action Section team members in the cabin of an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter from the “Blackjacks” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21 while conducting helicopter visit, board, search & seizure (HVBSS) training operations off the coast of San Diego. MSRT West is training with several squadrons from Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Pacific and Helicopter Sea Combat Weapons School Pacific to board and secure vessels that may be held by terrorists holding hostages. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Patrick W. Menah Jr./Released)

“Whether it’s combating criminal activity by international drug cartels in the eastern pacific, or strengthening maritime governance and the rule of law to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific, we rely on our Navy and Canadian partners to maximize success,” said Fagan. “This strategic plan improves interoperability and coordination across our sea services, allowing us to more effectively secure our countries’ shared maritime safety, security, and economic interests.”

Staff from the three services collaborated in February ahead of Tuesday’s TPST during a multi-day working group where the teams focused on joint operations, exercise planning, and communications.

Lt. j.g. Michelle McGill serves as a Landing Signal Officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) as Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team West servicemembers conduct fast-rope exercises from a U.S. Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 14 MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter off the coast of San Diego, Dec. 16, 2019. MSRT West members are technically proficient in advanced boarding and interdiction techniques and capable of operating with federal, state and local partners to protect the nation from threats at sea and in the air. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ens. Brooke Harkrader.

The TPST meetings and working groups provide a face-to-face forum for discussions and planning opportunities for improving defense readiness, homeland security, fisheries enforcement, counter-drug law enforcement, and search-and-rescue operations between the services.

“We routinely operate together across many different mission sets,” said Conn. “However, we are always looking at ways to improve our interoperability and strengthen our partnership. Our staff talks provide a valuable forum to discuss and plan how we will continue working together to defend the homeland while ensuring a secure and stable maritime environment.”

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