U.S. Aids Maritime Policing Efforts

Notice to the Press
Washington, DC
May 6, 2010

On Friday, May 7, 2010, Ambassador David T. Johnson, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), will join representatives of Naiad Inflatables of Newport in Portsmouth, RI at a press conference to draw attention to the fact that U.S. Department of State foreign assistance dollars are helping the local economy in Rhode Island. Naiad Inflatables of Newport specializes in military, commercial and law enforcement high performance rigid hull inflatable boats.

As part of one of the Department of State’s foreign assistance programs to the Governments of Indonesia and the Philippines, INL funds were used by the Department of Justice (Criminal Division) to procure Naiad Inflatable boats from the company in Portsmouth, RI. INL’s programs emphasize direct actions to secure borders and eradicate illicit crops; as well as to build capabilities of key countries whose law enforcement and judicial structures are vulnerable to transnational threats, including terrorism, and whose weaknesses pose a threat to U.S. security and a challenge to U.S. interests. The police boats will be used by each of these program countries in their maritime policing efforts to interdict criminals, stop illegal fishing, and to combat trafficking in narcotics, persons, or other illicit activities, and strengthen security off the coasts of the islands of Palawan, Maluku and Papua – eliminating safe havens for terrorists and other criminals and increasing the capabilities of our foreign partners to cooperate with us and their neighboring countries in matters of mutual concern.

When: Friday, May 7, 2010 at 12:00pm – 1:00 pm

Where: Naiad Inflatables of Newport
One Lagoon Road
Portsmouth, RI 02871
(401) 683-6700

Contact: Susan Pittman
US Department of State
Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
(202) 647-2842

Contact: Derek Pearce, Deputy Press Secretary
For Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy
(202) 225-4911

PRN: 2010/579