U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Thomas
Ostebo and his Russian counterpart Lieutenant General Rafael Daerbaev Wednesday signed an agreement calling for continued cooperation on
law enforcement in the Arctic, Bering Sea and North Pacific.
Daerbaev is chief of the Northeast
Border Guard of the Russian Federal Security Service. He and other Russian
Coast Guardsmen have been in Juneau this week to review recent joint operations
with the U.S. and develop a future plan.
Ostebo called this week's work "a
great representation of the cooperation" between the two Coast Guards.
US-RUS 1 :12 At the end of the day we all share the
same ocean and the same maritime border that we wish to protect, preserve and
ensure the safety of our mariners on.
The 17th Coast Guard and Northeast
Border Guard coordinate international fisheries enforcement operations and responses to accidents at sea as well as law enforcement
along the U.S. and Russian Maritime Boundary Line in the Bering Sea.
Daerbaev said Russia and the U.S.
not only share the sea, but the Coast Guards are organized by the same
US-RUS 2 :12 And our work helps to expand cooperation
between Russia and the USA.
Daerbaev said the U.S. has provided
aircraft support for several Border Guard missions in the last six months. The two agencies also worked together on the
Bangun Perkasa (Ban-goon Per-kah-sah) pirate ship, seized last September for
The agencies are updating a joint
operations manual and working on an agreement to combat Illegal, Unreported and
Unregulated Fishing. Ostebo says the
cooperative efforts between Russians and U.S. in the North Pacific, the Bering
Sea and the Arctic are like a police officer with a radar gun.
US-RUS 3 :19 The cooperation bet the Russians and the
United States to have a presence on the maritime boundary line and to have a
response presence there is well known in the fishing community so I think
that's the real benefit. It's not to catch people in the act. It's to prevent
them from doing it in the first place.
By them understanding that we are there.
The two agencies meet twice a year
to review their Joint Action Plan -- in
Alaska in the spring, and in Russia in the fall. Similar meetings have taken
place since 1995.