Two new officers Palau
by Marianas Variety
Oliver Mengirarou and Jim Kloulechad were formally sworn in as two new officers of the of the Division of Marine Law Enforcement on Wednesday.
The two new officers left yesterday to Guam to participate in the Operation Sea Guardian.
Acting Bureau of Public Safety Norvert Yano administered the oath at the Vice President’s Office in Koror.
Mengirarou and Kloulechad have been waiting to be sworn in for over a year.
Chin prior to the two officers swearing in said that being an officer is a great responsibility, although it is not going to make them rich, it is a rewarding job because of the satisfaction and pride from protecting and serving the citizens of Palau.
With this, the vice president toured the US Coast Guard Cutter ASSATEAGUE, Tuesday. The tour was given by Commander Lt. Robert Hill
The vessel is in Palau from Nov. 27 to 29 as part of the Exercise Sea Guardian.
The maritime exercise is sponsored by the Australian government and the US Coast Guard to improve regional maritime security through shared training.
Patrol boats from Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia and the US Coast Guard is gathering in Guam to undertake strenuous training in boardings, legal procedures, use of firearms and dealing with onboard emergencies.
According to the vice president’s website, training will be conducted by the US Coast Guard Sector Guam, a mobile US Coast Guard training team, Australian Naval personnel and the FBI. PSS PRESIDENT H.I. REMELIIK and USCGC ASSATEAGUE will make the passage from Palau to Guam together to enable training to be conducted at sea before the real exercise begins ashore.
It added that the exercise will involve mock law enforcement at-sea boardings and mock courtroom trials, facilitated by the US Coast Guard’s deployable Pacific Area Training Team from Alameda, CA. A "Damage Control Olympics" competition will also be held where the international teams will compete in firefighting, pipe and hull patching, and other maritime damage control events.