US Transfers Six Metal Shark Patrol Boats to Vietnam

US Transfers Six Metal Shark Patrol Boats to Vietnam

The United States Transfers Six Metal Shark Patrol Boats During U.S. Coast Guard Commander’s Vice Admiral Fred M. Midgette Inaugural Visit to Vietnam.

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This official transfer at Region 4 Station on Phu Quoc Island, the farthest southwestern territory of Vietnam, is another significant milestone in the bolstering partnership between the U.S. and Vietnam and demonstrates U.S. support for a strong, prosperous, and independent Vietnam that contributes to international security and the rule of law. This transfer comprises 20 million dollars’ worth of infrastructure and equipment including a training center, a maintenance facility, a boat lift, vehicles, a navigation simulator, and six brand-new fast-response Metal Shark boats—capable of reaching up to 50 knots.

U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam, Dan Kritenbrink said, “This fall, we plan to break ground on the Region 3 facility in Vung Tau” and hailed that this is “a truly exciting moment” in the fruitful U.S.–Vietnam partnership.

The current regional and global challenges include smuggling, illicit trafficking, piracy and armed robbery on the high seas, illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, environmental degradation, and many others. The Region 4 Metal Shark boats will serve to deter bad actors from committing crimes against or near Vietnam.

U.S. Embassy in Vietnam

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