Coast Guard in Maine to accept and demonstrate new search and rescue system

1st Coast Guard District NewsBOSTON — The Coast Guard is scheduled to hold a ceremony to note the acceptance of the new Rescue 21 Communications System at Sector Northern New England in South Portland, Maine, Wednesday.

Rescue 21, the Coast Guard’s advanced command, control and direction-finding communications system, was created to better locate mariners in distress and save lives and property at sea and on navigable rivers.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, who represents the state of Maine and is the ranking member of the Senate’s Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, will be the event’s keynote speaker.

Vice Adm. John Currier, the deputy commandant for Mission Support, will join Capt. Christopher Roberge, commanding officer of Sector Northern New England, to discuss how Rescue 21 is enhancing search and rescue mission execution and maritime safety along Maine and New Hampshire’s coastlines and Lake Champlain.

Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems, will also deliver remarks. General Dynamics C4 Systems was awarded the Rescue 21 contract in 2002.

Since Rescue 21 became operational at Sector Northern New England in November 2009, it has been used in more than 1,400 search and rescue cases.

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