April 14, 2004
Yemen Coast Guard Agency gears up
USCG Photo by PA1 Matthew Belson shows a 44-foot Motor Life Boat (MILB) as it gets underway during a boat commissioning ceremony for the Yemen Coast Guard Authority (YCGA).
The YCGA received eight of these formerly decommissioned boats from the U.S. Coast Guard to serve as a foundation for the fleet.
The U.S. Coast Guard refitted these boats and delivered them to Yemen. Additionally, U.S. Coast Guard Mobile Training Teams traveled to Yemen over the past 18 months to provide training for members of the nascent YCGA in such skills as small boat handling, engineering maintenance and engineering administration.
Selected members of the YCGA were also sent to the U.S. where they were trained by Coast Guard instructors to become trainers back in Yemen.
The mission of the YCGA will be to focus on maritime security and counter-terrorism. Representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard and Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. Fifth Fleet traveled to Aden to attend the event, and Coast Guard Rear Adm. Duncan C. Smith delivered remarks during the ceremony. The project to help train and develop began with the YCGAs foundation in February 2002 and should be completed by September 2004.