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Pohnpei Hosts A Visit From USS Crommelin



Crewmembers from the USS Crommelin and Pohnpeians from Kolonia in front of the newly painted bleachers at the Spanish Wall.

(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.

Crewmembers also participated in a community relations project with the Kolonia Town hall. Ten shipmates from the USS Crommelin joined members of the Pohnpei community to paint the bleachers at the Spanish Wall softball field and enjoy a barbeque lunch. Of the ten shipmates, there were two natives of FSM, one of whom is the son of Kosrae state governor Robert Weilbacher. Kolonia mayor Marcelo Peterson and Pohnpei Acting Governor Churchill Edward were also among the attendees.

Attendees of the Roundtable Discussion outside the U

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.

The USS Crommelin is an Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate and is assigned to Destroyer Squadron 31. Its homeport is Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The ship's next stop will be Guam.

For further information contact the U.S. Embassy at (691) 320-2187 or usembassy@mail.fm