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U.S. Embassy Jakarta Office of Defense Cooperation Supports Indonesian Coast Guard Training

September 22, 2010
Container inspection training with U.S. Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Earl Schlemmer (State Dept.)

Container inspection training with U.S. Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Earl Schlemmer

Jakarta -- This month, U.S. Embassy Jakarta’s Office of Defense Cooperation hosted two weeklong training sessions conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard International Training Division (ITD) that focused on International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) code requirements for the Indonesia Coast Guard – Kesatuan Penjaga Laut dan Pantai (KPLP).

The U.S. Coast Guard ITD trained 40 KPLP participants from different regions in Indonesia on the importance of ensuring the implementation of international security standards in Indonesia’s ports.  The training sessions examined security program risk-based assessments, security officer responsibilities, physical security best practices, container inspection procedures and vehicle inspection techniques.  Field exercises to reinforce classroom topics were conducted at the Jakarta International Container Terminal.  KPLP Director Yudustar attended the launch of both training sessions and expressed his expectation for future cooperation between the two nations.

The KPLP and the U.S. Coast Guard share similar roles in their respective countries. Both organizations are responsible for the oversight of ISPS code requirement implementation, maritime law enforcement, search and rescue, and marine safety. It is therefore beneficial for the U.S. Coast Guard and the KPLP to strengthen their professional partnership through continued joint training in Indonesia as well as the United States.

(The U.S. Coast Guard International Training Division is based in Yorktown, Virginia and focuses on building partnerships with nations around the world to enhance international capabilities in maritime safety and security.)