U.S. Coast Guard Enforces North Korea Sanctions in East China Sea
SASEBO, Japan — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf pulled into Sasebo, Japan, March 3 following a deployment in the East China Sea, where the crew assisted in United Nations enforcement against illicit ship-to-ship transfers that violate North Korea sanctions, the Coast Guard Pacific Area said in a March 18 release.
The Bertholf’s patrol is a part of the ongoing U.S. contribution to international efforts in combatting North Korea’s maritime sanctions evasion activity. Ship-to-ship transfers of fuel and goods, like coal, going to and from North Korea are prohibited under U.N. regulations.
As both a federal law enforcement agency and an armed force, the Coast Guard is uniquely positioned to conduct defense operations in support of combatant commanders on all seven continents. The service routinely provides forces in joint military operations worldwide, including the deployment of cutters, boats, aircraft and deployable specialized forces.
Bertholf departed its homeport of Alameda, California, on Jan. 20 for the deployment to the Western Pacific in support of United States Indo-Pacific Command, which oversees military operations in the region. Operating under the tactical control of commander, 7th Fleet, the cutter plans to engage in professional exchanges and capacity-building with partner nations and patrol and operate as directed.
The Coast Guard has an enduring role in the Indo-Pacific, going back more than 150 years. The service’s ongoing deployment of resources to the region directly supports U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives in the Indo-Pacific Strategy and the National Security Strategy.
“The United States is a Pacific nation,” said Vice Adm. Linda Fagan, commander of the Coast Guard Pacific Area, which oversees the cutter. “We have deep and long-standing ties with our partners in the region, and more importantly, we share a strong commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific, governed by a rules-based international system that promotes peace, security, prosperity and sovereignty of all nations.”
Prior to the patrol in the East China Sea, Bertholf pulled into U.S. Naval Base Yokosuka, Japan, where the cutter hosted officers of the Japan coast guard aboard.