Lead sea trainer Lieutenant Peter Asimakis and gunnery and seamanship trainer Chief Petty Officer Shane Ridley are in charge of the training. Around 20 officers from the Cook Islands are participating in the programme, which will end on Friday.
“The training includes mock exercises that help improve the vessel boarding and inspection work that these agencies conduct” a release from the Ministry of Marine Resources said.
The programme includes a mixture of practical and theoretical drills. Yesterday, the group was at Avatiu Field carrying out practical drills in order to prepare themselves for the patrol of the 1,800,000 square kilometre Cook Islands Exclusive Economic Zone.
In August last year, the Cook Islands Police Service hosted a Pacific-led maritime exercise with Samoan Police and Tongan Naval patrol boat contingents also involved.
The Cook Islands is also a part of the Quadrilateral Defence Coordination Group, which coordinates the security effort in the Pacific, particularly in the maritime domain, by supporting island states to sustainably manage their natural resources, including fisheries.