News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – US Coast Guard Cutter Rollin Fritch arrived in Bermuda on Monday, May 27, as part of operations in concert with the Bermuda Government, the Royal Bermuda Regiment, Bermuda Coast Guard Unit, and Bermuda Police Services. The US Coast Guard has a multifaceted mandate, including to protect environment and living marine resources against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and conduct counternarcotics operations.

On Wednesday, May 28, the crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Rollin Fritch welcomed members of the Royal Bermuda Regiment onboard for a professional exchange opportunity. “Our two services share a strong bond in our service culture of pride and professionalism, which provides a strong foundation for strengthening this relationship,” said Lieutenant Commander Joseph Petry, Commanding Officer of US Coast Guard Cutter Rollin Fritch. “We look forward to future engagements to further this partnership which can serve as a force multiplier for shared goals in maritime governance,” he said.

Following the professional exchange, the crew hosted US Consul General Karen Grissette, Deputy Governor Tom Oppenheim, and Development Officer of the Bermuda Sea Cadet Corps Sam Bennett for a special tour of the ship and discussions about collective efforts to advance the long-standing US Bermuda partnership.

“It was an honor to welcome the US Coast Guard Cutter Rollin Fritch and its crew back to Bermuda to support the close US-Bermuda security partnership,” said US Consul General Karen Grissette. “I was delighted to reengage with the officers and crew who were here for operations last year. Our security partnership continues to expand the United States’ strategic partnership with Bermuda and increases our interoperability,” she continued.

Deputy Governor Tom Oppenheim added: “It is always of benefit to compare approaches and practice skills between the RBR Coastguard and international partners. We are delighted that the US Coast Guard continues to view Bermuda as a valued partner in international attempts to counter illegal and unregulated fishing.”