Coast Guard, National Guard participates in a response exercise near Astoria, Ore.

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WARRENTON, Ore. – The Coast Guard participated in a joint maritime response exercise with the Oregon National Guard 102nd Civil Support Team and in cooperation with the Tongue Point Job Corps on the Columbia River near Astoria, Wednesday.

The joint exercise included air and surface delivery of Coast Guard boarding teams and K-9 teams to the motor vessel Ironwood, a Tongue Point Job Corps Center training ship.

During the scenario, Coast Guard teams found mock indications of explosives and potential weapons of mass destruction, detained the ship’s crew and brought in the 102nd CST to eliminate the simulated explosive and radiological threat.

A Coast Guard member from the vessel boarding security team located at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River is lowered from an Air Station Astoria MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to the motor vessel Ironwood, a Tongue Point Job Corps Center training ship, during a maritime response exercise held in Astoria, Ore., May 21, 2014.  The Coast Guard members were deployed to the Ironwood where they inspected the vessel for potential security concerns.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley

A Coast Guard member from the vessel boarding security team located at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River is lowered from an Air Station Astoria MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to the motor vessel Ironwood, a Tongue Point Job Corps Center training ship, during a maritime response exercise held in Astoria, Ore., May 21, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley

“This was a remarkable and realistic exercise that enhanced our ability to respond, in cooperation with the CST, to threats delivered by sea,” said Cmdr. William Gibbons, Coast Guard Sector Columbia River chief of response. “This effort was made possible by our strong and enduring partnership with the Oregon National Guard, as well as with the Tongue Point Job Corps.”

Participating in the exercise were members from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, Coast Guard Vessel Boarding Security Team Sector Columbia River, Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team Seattle, Oregon National Guard’s 102 Civil Support Team, and the teachers and students aboard the motor vessel Ironwood, a Tongue Point Job Corps Center training ship.

Click on the photo for more pictures of the exercise.

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