PACIFIC OCEAN - Whidbey Island-class
amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47), with embarked U.S.
Coast Guard maritime law enforcement personnel, departed American Samoa
after a scheduled two-day port visit, Sept. 5.
Under the operational control of U.S. 3rd Fleet, Rushmore and embarked
U.S. Coast Guard District 14 maritime law enforcement personnel departed
San Diego Aug. 14 for a deployment supporting the Oceania Maritime
Support Initiative (OMSI).
OMSI is a Secretary of Defense program aimed to diminish transnational
illegal activity on the high seas in the Pacific Island Nations of
Oceania’s exclusive economic zones (EEZ) and enhance regional security
and inoperability with partner nations.
"The Rushmore crew is excited and proud to be here," Cmdr. Rob Tryon,
Rushmore's executive officer said during the visit. "We look forward to
continuing to build our relationships with our partners in the South
Pacific and assist them in enhancing maritime security throughout the
Ship visits like these provide tremendous opportunities for the United
States and Pacific Island Nations to strengthen theater security
cooperation and help to ensure a safer and more successful future for
The port call reinforced the U.S. Navy's commitment to theater security
cooperation and freedom of navigation operations within the
Asia-Indo-Pacific region. During the visit Rushmore Sailors had the
opportunity to tour the island of American Samoa and enjoy the different
activities and culture the island had to offer.
“I’m really happy to have the opportunity to visit home,” said
Quartermaster 1st Class Tapu Tagaloa, a Sailor from American Samoa.
“I’ve been able to visit twice before this, but I’m happy for my
shipmates to experience my home as well.”
Rushmore is homeported in San Diego and is part of the U.S. Naval
Surface Forces and U.S. 3rd Fleet. Third Fleet leads naval forces in the
Pacific and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an
effective global Navy. Third Fleet constantly coordinates with U.S. 7th
Fleet to plan and execute missions based on their complementary