Coast Guard welcomes Russia’s Northeast Border Guard Directorate

17th Coast Guard District NewsJUNEAU, Alaska — Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, commander of the 17th Coast Guard District, is hosting a bi-annual commanders meeting with Russian Lt. Gen. Rafael Daerbaev, chief of the Northeast Border Guard of the Coast Guard of the Russian Federal Security Service in Juneau this week to review joint operations and develop a plan for continued joint action in the future.

These meetings are held to review ongoing and future operations for cooperative efforts to mitigate illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, conduct mutual maritime law enforcement and future activities in the Arctic, Bering Sea and the North Pacific.

The 17th District and the NBD routinely coordinate international fisheries enforcement operations, responses to distresses at sea and law enforcement operations along the U.S. and Russian Maritime Boundary Line in the Bering Sea.

“The Coast Guard has a long standing and proud history with our Russian counterparts,” said Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, the Coast Guard District 17 commander. “Cooperation and collaboration are the best ways to accomplish common goals in order to ensure safety of life at sea and protection of our environment.”

Similar meetings have been conducted since 1995 alternating between Alaska and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia. The last meeting in the United States was held in Anchorage and Kodiak in April 2011.

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