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Pinckney Supports USCG Fisheries Enforcement in Pacific

By Nimitz Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs

ABOARD USS PINCKNEY, At Sea (NNS) -- A destroyer assigned to Nimitz Carrier Strike Group joined U.S. Coast Guard-led efforts to monitor and deter illegal fishing in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean March 8.

USS Pinckney (DDG 91) from Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 23 will provide increased Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) to U.S. Coast Guard elements currently conducting law enforcement operations with nations in the region.

"Pinckney brings capacity to support the U.S. Coast Guard mission of enforcing fisheries laws with our Pacific island nation partners." said Capt. James Autrey, Commodore of DESRON 23. "This mission reinforces the continued commitment by our Navy to partner in the protection of the global commons."

The U.S. Coast Guard is the lead agency for at-sea enforcement of living marine resource laws and is the only U.S. agency with the infrastructure and authority to project a law enforcement presence throughout more than 1.5 million square miles of U.S. Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) and in key areas on the high seas located in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean.

"Pinckney is on the final leg of a successful eight month combat deployment to the Arabian Gulf and Western Pacific," said Autrey. "She was in a great position to support this mission and her participation demonstrates the flexibility of our surface forces to conduct valuable partnership missions while transiting the Pacific."

Since June 2009, USS Crommelin (FFG 37) and USS Reuben James (FFG 57) have supported the law enforcement mission alongside members of U.S. Coast Guard's District 14.

Based in Honolulu, District 14 regularly works in unison with Pacific island nations and other Quadrilateral Defense Coordination Framework (QUAD) nations (Australia, France, New Zealand and the U.S.) in order to provide a persistent presence for maritime surveillance and security.

"Illegal commercial fishing disrupts economic prosperity, which can destabilize many small countries who depend on this industry as an important part of their economy", said Admiral Patrick Walsh, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet. "History demonstrates that economic instability can lead to larger security threats and the U.S. Navy remains committed to providing assistance to help mitigate threats to stability and prosperity."

The ships assigned to DESRON 23 include the destroyers USS Pinckney, USS Higgins (DDG 76), USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) and USS Sampson (DDG 102).

Nimitz CSG is comprised of USS Nimitz, embarked Carrier Air Wing 11, embarked DESRON 23, and the Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65).

Story Number: NNS100309-02 Release Date: 3/9/2010 12:22:00 PM

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