Coast Guard, Other Agencies Participate In Large Scale Response Exercise

BALTIMORE- The Coast Guard will lead a multi-agency response exercise this Saturday to implement the preparedness plans of federal, state and local agencies in the Port of Baltimore.

Exercise Nautical Shield 2007, is designed to implement the Area Maritime Security Plan, Area Contingency Plan and the Coast Guard’s mass rescue plan. The objectives of Nautical Shield 2007 are to exercise notification procedures, establish a unified command, keep the public and media informed, deploy resources to conduct on-water oil spill recovery operations and implement protection strategies outlined in security plans.

“Protecting our port is a team effort,” said Coast Guard Captain Brian Kelley, the Federal Maritime Security Coordinator for the Port of Baltimore. “This exercise will test our resiliency, how well we are prepared to work together and will help us identify areas for improvement.”

A press briefing will be held at Sector Baltimore followed by opportunities for media to view the exercise as it begins.

Other federal, state, county, and local assisting and cooperating agencies involved in the drill include the Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Department of the Environment, Maryland Port Administration, Maryland Transportation Authority, Baltimore City Fire and Police Departments, the Baltimore City of Emergency Management, and private sector organizations, vessels and facilities.

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