REPUBLIC OF MALDIVES (NNS) -- The United States Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell (WHEC 719) arrived in the Republic of Maldives Feb. 21 for a scheduled port visit.
During their visit, Boutwell's crew of 180 will participate in law enforcement and search-and-rescue cross-training exercises with the Maldivian Coast Guard.
The law enforcement training will cover various techniques and the use of force continuum. The use of force continuum is used to ensure only the minimum force necessary to compel compliance is used during law enforcement situations.
Along with the scheduled law enforcement symposium, the crew of Boutwell and the Maldivian Coast Guard are scheduled to conduct joint search-and-rescue training that will culminate with a simulated at-sea rescue using Boutwell's embarked HH-65C helicopter.
"The Maldives occupy a truly unique location in the maritime community," said Boutwell's Commanding Officer, Capt. Kevin J. Cavanaugh. "Situated at the confluence of significant maritime commerce as well as providing unmatched ecological opportunities for tourists from around the world, our discussion of law enforcement, search and rescue and environmental protection should prove to be a beneficial experience for both organizations."
Boutwell is assigned to the Coast Guard's Pacific Area Command, headquartered in Alameda, Calif. Their patrols frequently range from the Aleutian Island chain south to the coast of Columbia. Boutwell represents the Coast Guard's commitment to support national defense operations around the globe and is currently attached to the USS Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group.
This patrol will see Boutwell circumnavigate the globe while visiting numerous countries in an effort to create strong professional ties and share maritime defense strategies and improve interoperability.
Boutwell is one of 12 High Endurance Cutters with missions that includes drug interdiction and fisheries enforcement.
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