The United States government transferred six metal Shark Patrol Boats, along with other equipment, and facilities to Vietnam Coast Guard Region 4 on March 28.
The transfer coincided with the inaugural visit of Vice Admiral Fred M. Midgette, commander for all US Coast Guard missions within half of the world that ranges from the waterways within the Rocky Mountains in North America to the waters off the East Coast of Africa, the US Embassy in Vietnam said.
“This official transfer at Region 4 Station on Phu Quoc Island, the farthest southwestern territory of Vietnam, is another significant milestone in the bolstering partnership between the U.S. and Vietnam and demonstrates U.S. support for a strong, prosperous, and independent Vietnam that contributes to international security and the rule of law,” the US embassy said.
Transferred assets are worth 20 million dollars which include a training center, a maintenance facility, a boat lift, vehicles, a navigation simulator, and six brand-new fast-response Metal Shark boats capable of reaching up to 50 knots.
“The current regional and global challenges include smuggling, illicit trafficking, piracy and armed robbery on the high seas, illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, environmental degradation, and many others. The Region 4 Metal Shark boats will serve to deter bad actors from committing crimes against or near Vietnam,” the US embassy added.
The US government will also build another facility in Vietnam Coast Guard Region 3 in Vung Tau.