Coastguard crew back from U.S. training [Archives:2003/687/Local News]

November 20 2003

Five Yemeni Coastguard technicians team came back home today after completing a five-week US government-sponsored tour in the United States.
The technicians were working at Colonnas Shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia, alongside American technicians to reactivate eight US Coast Guard boasts that will be delivered to the Yemeni Coast Guard in Aden.
The boats will be ready for operation in January 2004 and will play a crucial part in securing Yemen's coast and waters.
The boats are being reactivated as part of a ship transfer program, which is one of the integral projects of the continuing military cooperation between the Yemen and United States.
On Nov. 7, representatives of the US Coast Guard, as will as the Yemeni Military Attache stationed in the United States (Staff Brig. General Abdullah Abulrejal) made an inspection trip to the shipyard in Norfolk. In addition to the inspection, the Yemeni technicians crewed one of the boats and took the inspectors out for a demonstration.