Jacksonville Coast Guard Receives Rescue 21

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville will officially receive Rescue 21 in a formal acceptance ceremony from the Coast Guard’s Rescue 21 Acquisition Project Friday at 2 p.m. at Sector Jacksonville.

Rescue 21 is the Coast Guard’s critical command, control and communications acquisition project, offering cutting edge technology to mariners nationwide. It is the backbone of the National Maritime Distress and Response System, a maritime version of 911 that allows the boating public, the Coast Guard and other response agencies to communicate more effectively in emergency situations in the marine environment.

There will be a short video showcasing the system, followed by brief remarks by Cmdr. Alan Arsenault, Assistant Project Manager, Rescue 21, and Capt. Paul F. Thomas commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville after the ceremony. There will be two question and answer periods for media during the event.

The advanced Rescue 21 system offers:

  • Direction-finding capability.
  • Reduction of coverage gaps along the coast.
  • Enhanced playback capability improving clarity of calls.
  • Digital archiving of calls.
  • Increased (and simultaneous) channel monitoring capacity, which helps ensure all calls get through.

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