Coast Guard participates in Securing the Cities Exercise

Northeast Atlantic Coast Guard NewsNEW YORK – The Coast Guard participated in a joint-agency anti-terrorism exercise that took place in the waters of New York Harbor Wednesday.

During the exercise, crews from Coast Guard Cutters Penobscot Bay, homeported in Bayonne, N.J., and Tiger Shark, homeported in Newport, R.I., along with crews from Coast Guard Stations New York and Sandy Hook, N.J., coordinated with state and local law enforcement agencies with screening recreational vessels for a dirty bomb or nuclear device as they transit through New York Harbor under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge.

Securing The Cities is an ongoing, federally funded exercise designed to evaluate the ability of first responder organizations in the tri-state area to detect and interdict radiological materials bound for New York.

This year seven other agencies participated with the Coast Guard during the exercise including: New York Police Department, New York Fire Department, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York Naval Militia, Perth Amboy, Union County, and Jersey City Police Departments.

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