The US Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell was welcomed to the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) by Acting Governor Anya Williams last Sunday.
The Miami-based Sentinel class vessel is in TCI waters as part of her normal patrolling duties. While she is here she will be conducting a number of training activities with the marine unit of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force and government immigration officials. She berthed at the government pier on Grand Turk.
This training will include:
• A tour of the vessel and its capabilities
• Migrant interdiction exchange including a migrant processing walkthrough
• Right of approach and how radar and communications can best work together
• Boarding exercises – including approaching a vessel, boarding it, searching those on boards, looking for unaccounted for persons and hidden compartments
• Search and rescue exercises
• Navigation exercises
“The TCI authorities are very keen to work closely with our international partners, such as the US Coast Guard and the Royal Navy, to make the waters around our islands as secure as they can be,” said Williams. “Together with our own coastal radar station, the new joint facility on Inagua, the TCI is once again playing its role in combating people, drugs and weapons trafficking in the Caribbean region.”