Pohnpei Hosts A Visit From USS Crommelin
(June 25, 2009 US Embassy – Kolonia) On June 24, members from the Navy USS Crommelin FFG-37 made a one day visit to Pohnpei. The U.S. Embassy in Kolonia hosted a roundtable discussion on maritime law enforcement. A tour and lunch aboard the USS Crommelin followed the discussion. The meeting included several high-level officials from the FSM.
The USS Crommelin is currently working with the Fourteenth United States Coast Guard District to provide maritime surveillance in the Exclusive Economic Zones of the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. Commanding officer Kevin Parker mentioned that this is the first time a U.S. Navy ship has assisted in maritime surveillance and enforcement while transiting the Pacific. He emphasized the importance of U.S. relations with Pacific island countries, of working together to monitor and deter illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing in the Pacific. Captain Parker said he was impressed with the "warm and open" community of Pohnpei and expressed interest in returning to the state.