New Zealand Navy Officers Onboard US Coast Guard Cutter

Scoop Reports:

The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) have recently started working together as part of a Pacific regional fisheries protection operation.

Two RNZN officers have joined the crew of the USCG vessel Walnut, a 225ft Buoy Tender/Cutter, in what will become an annual personnel exchange aimed to enhance cooperation between the USCG and the RNZN. Onboard are Navy Lieutenant Fiona Jamieson, Whangarei, and Sub Lieutenant Darcy Topp, Lower Hutt, who both joined the vessel in Honiara earlier this month.

Lieutenant Jamieson says, “The exchange is about strengthening relations and inter-operability between the USCG and RNZN as we both have a lot in common and in particular strong interest in the Pacific. The vessel is involved in a number of missions this deployment including; maintenance of Aids to Navigation, 65th Anniversary of the battle of Guadalcanal, Coral Reef Task Force conference in American Samoa, community work in Western Samoa, and Foreign Fisheries Agency support.”

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