Kiska holds orange boat initiative in Chuuk

The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Kiska, home ported in Santa Rita, Guam, recently conducted community outreach in Chuuk State, Federated States of Micronesia following a weeklong search and rescue case. (Contributed Photo)

Santa Rita, GU—The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Kiska, home ported in Santa Rita, Guam, recently conducted community outreach in Chuuk State, Federated States of Micronesia following a weeklong search and rescue case.

Coast Guard Sector Guam conducted a rescue case of three fisherman that were located 85 nautical miles from Chuuk earlier last week. The missing vessel was found with high visibility orange paint received from a previous engagement the Coast Guard conducted in FSM.

To ensure continued success of this program, the Kiska conducted another orange boat initiative in Chuuk during their stay, which resulted in 35 vessels receiving high contrast orange interiors.

Since the program’s first operational roll-out in the summer of 2015, over 400 privately-owned skiffs have orange interior paint schemes, greatly enhancing detectability by search aircraft.

Through the assistance of the U.S. Embassy in FSM, the crew of the Kiska also participated in a local school restoration project, which provided them the opportunity to continue their strong relationship with the island community. (USCG)

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