U.S. Southern Command invites five officers
of Uruguayan Coast Guard to visit U.S. Coast Guard stations
Uruguayan officers observed training
and procedures used in the U.S.
May 25, 2004
Photos after the article
Five Coast Guard officers (Prefecture) visited
three U.S. Coast Guard Stations May 1 to 8, to observe the
training and procedures used in conducting foreign and domestic
vessel inspections; marine casualty investigations; port
safety and security; homeland defense; water ways management
and marine environmental protection.
During May 3 and 4 they went to the US Coast
Guard Gulf Strike Team in Mobile, Alabama. There the five
officers observed the procedures on how the U.S. Coast Guard
detects hazardous material and oil spill containment. On
6 May, they visited the Marine Safety Office Hampton Roads
in Norfolk Virginia where they were briefed on the boarding
of domestic and foreign vessels in search of contraband
and they visited a Vessel Traffic Station. The Vessel Traffic
Station tracks all vessels that enter and exit the harbor.
The Uruguayan officers went to US Coast
Guard Training Center on May 7 and saw, first-hand, the
how to enter, search, and exit foreign and domestic vessels
The trip was sponsored by U.S. Southern
Command to share current information about hazardous material
detection, oil spill containment/clean up, and law enforcement
boarding of foreign and domestic vessels. The officers that
attended were CDR Fernando Garcia, LCDR Jorge Urrutia, LT
Marcelo Damasco, LT Nicolas Scarlatto, and LTJG Diego Vera.
Uruguayan Coast Guard officers work
with U.S. Coast Guard officer.
Petty Officer 1st Class Taylor from
the Marine Safety Office in Virginia.