Coast guard leaders from eight Arctic nations gather at New London Summit

Coast Guard Headquarters NewsWASHINGTON —  The U.S. Coast Guard will host the eight-nation Arctic Coast Guard Forum Summit October 28-30 at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Center for Arctic Study and Policy in New London, Conn. The heads of the coast guards of Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Russian Federation and the United States will meet to formally establish the forum through a signing of a Joint Statement.

Primary attendees are Adm. Paul Zukunft, United States; Assistant Commissioner Julie Gascon, Canada; Lt. Gen. Jaako Kaukanen, Finland; Col. Peter H. Boysen, Denmark; Rear Adm. Georg Kr. Lárusson, Iceland; Commodore Sverre Engeness, Norway; Deputy Director Gen. Anders Kjaersgaard, Sweden;  and Adm. Yuri Alekseyev, Russian Federation.

The heads of the eight Arctic nations’ coast guards will sign a Joint Statement officially establishing the Arctic Coast Guard Forum. The signing ceremony, will formally establish the operationally-focused, consensus-based organization with the purpose of leveraging collective resources to foster safe, secure and environmentally-responsible maritime activity in the Arctic.

Following the signing ceremony, the Coast Guard Academy Regimental Corps of Cadets will hold a regimental review honoring the members of the Arctic Coast Guard Forum

Editor’s Note: The regimental review previously scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. has been cancelled.

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