Coast Guard, multiple partner agencies hold exercise in Boston Harbor

A Coast Guard 25-foot response boat and a Boston Police Department boat patrol Boston Harbor Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. The Coast Guard, in partnership with 10 local, state, and federal law enforcement and first responder agencies conducted the exercise in vicinity of Deer Island in Boston Harbor. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Barresi)

A Coast Guard 25-foot response boat and a Boston Police Department boat patrol Boston Harbor Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Barresi)

BOSTON — The Coast Guard, in partnership with 10 local, state, and federal law enforcement and first responder agencies conducted a full-scale exercise Tuesday in vicinity of Deer Island in Boston Harbor.

The exercise focused on enhancing inter-agency capabilities to screen, detect, and interdict illicit materials on board vessels less than 300 gross tons.

The Coast Guard’s Maritime Specialized Resource Team (MSRT) from Virginia also participated in the exercise to support the local screening exercise with advanced tactical boarding teams and illicit materials detection expertise.

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