Coast Guard hosts Homeland Security Advisory Council visit

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard hosted a Homeland Security Advisory Council visit today involving demonstrations of Coast Guard assets, units and capabilities at Integrated Support Command Portsmouth.

The event highlighted Coast Guard capabilities through demonstrations and tours from:

* Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane, homeported in Portsmouth
* Coast Guard Port Security Unit 305 from Fort Eustis, N.C.
* Marine Security and Response Team from Chesapeake, Va.
* Coast Guard Cutter Elm, homeported in Atlantic Beach, N.C.
* Station Little Creek, Va.

The HSAC toured the Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane and was briefed on its capabilities.

The PSU simulated a scenario, which highlighted its ability to maintain security checkpoints and respond to threats.

The MSRT performed a demonstration, which showed its capabilities for fast-rope decent and a hooking climb from a small boat onto the Coast Guard Cutter Elm. This demonstrated the MSRT’s ability to gain positive control of a boat in case of a threat or emergency.

Station Little Creek also provided the HSAC with the opportunity to ride in a 45-foot Response Boat – Medium, the newest small boat in the Coast Guard’s fleet.

The HSAC serves as an advisory body to the Secretary of Homeland Security, providing advice and recommendations independent from any organization of which the department consists.

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