USS Shoup visits American Samoa
The US Navy ship USS Shoup arrived in American Samoa on Saturday October 27 for a four day visit.
The USS Shoup is visiting islands in Oceania to provide support to Pacific Islands in patrolling their waters and enforcing fishing regulations.
The Navy ship is engaged in an Oceania Maritime Security Initiative deployment, which has the ship working with several Pacific Islands to offer training on how to protect local fishing areas. The Oceania Maritime Security Initiative is a Secretary of Defense program that leverages Department of Defense assets transiting the region to improve maritime security and maritime domain awareness, ultimately supporting maritime law enforcement operations in Oceania.
A U.S. Coast Guard liaison is also onboard to share best practices with local nations. Sailors also participated in some community relations projects around the island.