The following post comes to us from Expeditionary Strike Group 5, a joint services effort including Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia (PATFORSWA) under the command of Commander Scott Bauby.
Post written by U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brianna K. Dandridge
Pakistani Navy sailors completed a two-week maritime law enforcement training course July 14 in Manama, Bahrain, hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard Middle East Team.
The sailors underwent training that included visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) techniques, basic shipboard tactical movement, and self-defense in an effort to further enhance regional maritime safety and security in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).
According to Pakistan Navy Lt. Ahmed Sher, the skills acquired during the training will continue to benefit Pakistan and will be used by their country’s VBSS teams.
“I will teach the same techniques to my own service,” said Sher. “The tactics learned during this training will be added to current training for our teams in Pakistan.”
U.S. Coast Guard Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Dan Burgoyne, one of the trainers said the Pakistan Navy already had some experience with the procedures, and the course reflected the experience of the students.
“The training program that we have established is intensive,” he said. “We employ a fast-paced combination of classroom and practical training.”
Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia (PATFORSWA) Commanding Officer Commodore Scott Bauby said the training demonstrated the effectiveness of coalition operations and maritime protection. He added that the training is essential for both the Pakistani and U.S. militaries.
“This two-week professional exchange provided a great opportunity for our two visit, board, search and seizure teams to share ideas,” said Bauby. “The U.S. Coast Guard and Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (MSA) are loyal friends who face many of the same challenges. We look forward to building on this success and strengthening our relationship with the MSA during the coming months.”
U.S. Coast Guard VBSS teams are a part of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 5, which was re-established in November 2009 to support amphibious forces deployed to the region, mine warfare, contingency response missions, maritime humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations within the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.