USCGC KISKA conducts Orange Boat Initiative (OBI) in Chuuk

Untitled 4Santa Rita, GU — The Coast Guard Cutter KISKA, home portedin Santa Rita, Guam, is conducting community outreach in Chuuk State, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)following a week-long
Search and Rescue case.

Coast Guard Sector Guam conducted a rescuecase of three fisherman which were located 85 nautical miles from Chuuk earlier this week. The missing vessel was found with high visibility orange paint received from a previous engagement the Coast Guard conducted in FSM. To ensure continued success of this program, the KISKA conducted another OBI event in Chuuk during their stay, which resulted in 35 vessels receiving high contrast orange interiors.

Since the program’s first operational roll-out in the summer of 2015, over 400 privately-owned skiffs have orange interior paint schemes,
greatly enhancing detectability by search aircraft.

Through the assistance of the U.S. Embassy in FSM, the crew of the KISKA also participated in a local school restoration project which provided them the opportunity to continue their strong relationship with the island community.

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