U.S. Coast Guard Beefs Up Pacific Fleet to Counter China

I thought they were supposed to be guarding America’s coast, not China’s.

By Philip J. Heijmans and Glen Carey (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Coast Guard is touting increased operations in the Western Pacific, thousands of miles from American shores, as China’s coast guard and civilian fishing militias increasingly assert the country’s territorial claims.

A presence in the South China Sea and elsewhere will help enforce the sovereignty of partner nations in the disputed waters, U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area Commander Vice Admiral Linda Fagan told a conference call. Coast Guard cutters USCGC Bertholf and USCGC Stratton are being deployed with the Seventh Fleet based in Yokosuka, Japan.

The ships will help “law enforcement and capacity-building in the fisheries enforcement realm,” Fagan said.

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U.S. Coast Guard Beefs Up Pacific Fleet to Counter China