Finding a Common Goal
Coast Guard increases global partnerships to combat maritime crime
By JOHN C. MARCARIO, Special Correspondent
International partnerships, primarily in the Caribbean, enable the U.S. Coast Guard to remain at the forefront in the fight against maritime crime
despite budget challenges that limit resources. These
partnerships have been a force multiplier.
“With limited resources, we rely on our partners
tremendously,” said Capt. Mark Gordon, chief of
enforcement for the Seventh Coast Guard District,
headquartered in Miami.
His area of operations (AOR) includes 34 countries,
and the Coast Guard has some form of partnership
with all of them. Some of those agreements, like that
with Cuba, are not formal.
“We view our partnerships as one part of an expanding network,” Gordon said.
In 2015, according to the State Department, the
Coast Guard had 52 personnel deployed abroad to
facilitate maritime counter-drug activities, including
security assistance, intelligence collection and dissemination, and liaison internally and externally.
The service and department host three Counter Drug
Summits per calendar year, two biannual Multilateral
Interdiction and Prosecution
Summit in the Caribbean.