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Contributed by YokweOnline on May 09, 2011 - 12:10 AM

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A United States Coast Guard Cutter is visiting Majuro for 24 hours.  The USCGC JARVIS arrives to Delap Dock on Tuesday morning, May 10, and departs on Wednesday morning.  This goodwill visit was requested by U.S. Ambassador Martha Campbell to honor the 32nd anniversary of Constitutional government in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

The ship’s Commander, Captain Webster Balding, and Ambassador Martha Campbell have invited Cabinet Ministers, the Chief Secretary, the Speaker and Vice-Speaker, the Attorney General, the Commissioner of Police, the Sea Patrol Commander, and the Directors of MIMRA and MISC to a 1:00 p.m. VIP ship tour followed by an informal meeting and Q&A session.

Discussions will include boating and maritime safety, the USCG/RMI Shiprider Program, fisheries law enforcement, and search and rescue cooperation. USCGC JARVIS is nearly 400-feet long and carries about 200 officers and crew.  Also aboard as the RMI’s law enforcement shiprider is Austen Jurelang from the RMI Sea Patrol.

The USCG District 14 is sending three maritime/boating safety experts to lead a brief presentation on boating and maritime safety.  NGO and government staff interested in boating and maritime safety have been invited for a ship tour, followed by a special safety presentation and discussion beginning at 2:00 p.m..

At 4:00 p.m., the College of the Marshall Islands is hosting two U.S. Coast Guard basketball teams for games with two teams of CMI students and staff.  The public is invited to this event at the CMI basketball court.  In case of bad weather, the event may be moved to the ECC gym.

- Embassy of the United States of America, Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands, May 9, 2011

The United States Government, through its Embassy in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, supports programs to continue the strong ties between our countries and to increase the standard of living for all our people.  The Compact of Free Association as amended in 2004, offers Marshallese citizens open access to the United States, and is the basis for relations between our countries.  Under the Compact, the United States gives approximately 60% of the RMI’s annual appropriation focused on democratic goals such as health, education, and infrastructure.


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