Coast Guard maritime operation seeks to enhance homeland security

BOSTON – The Coast Guard boarded 31 vessels this week in search of safety and security discrepancies as part of a four-day maritime domain awareness operation aimed to enhance homeland security operations in the Port of Boston.
Assets from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., Naval Air Station Brunswick, Maine, and six cutters patrolled the waters around Boston, issued seven violations, mostly for safety reasons, and ended the voyage of two fishing vessels, one with expired documentation, the other with expired safety gear.

The cutters involved were the Dallas, of Charleston, S.C., the Flyingfish, of Boston, the Hammerhead, of Woods Hole, Mass., the Grand Isle, of Gloucester, Mass., and the Morro Bay and Chinook, both of New London, Conn.

“Overall, the operation was a huge success,” said Lt. Joel Carse, a response team member at Coast Guard Sector Boston.” It effectively stressed Sector Boston’s ability to identify all vessels transiting in the area during a heightened maritime security level and maintain a sharp sense of maritime domain awareness.

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