RMI Sea Patrol Christens the LOMOR II

The Marshall Islands Sea Patrol has a new vessel for its fleet: the LOMOR II.  Marshallese for “saved,” it’s  a 46-foot fiberglass boat designed to monitor Majuro lagoon, serve as a faster and more economical alternative to the larger, Australian-funded LOMOR, and to conduct inspections and rapid response operations within a 200-mile radius of Majuro atoll. The donation by the Nippon  Foundation in conjunction with the Japan Association of Marine Safety follows a similar gift to the Federated States of Micronesia. Nippon is also funding fuel and maintenance support for the vessel through March, 2020.  The RMI Sea Patrol is a terrific example of international partnership between the governments of Japan (who facilitated the donation), Australia (who provides technical assistance to the Sea Patrol), the United States (U.S. Coast Guard conducts training and “shiprider” programs to enhance Sea Patrol capabilities), and the RMI Government.  All hands were on deck November 23 for the christening of LOMOR II.