U.S., Canada complete joint search and rescue exercise in Prince Rupert, B.C.

Coast Guard Alaska News
JUNEAU, Alaska – United States and Canadian personnel completed a three-day joint maritime search and rescue exercise Wednesday in Prince Rupert, B.C.

“The exercise enhanced interoperability and SAR coordination in a joint environment with Canadian partners and U.S. SAR organizations,” said Capt. Anthony Vogt, Coast Guard 17th District Chief of Staff. “The goal of the exercise was to ensure Canadian and U.S. organizations, including the U.S. Coast Guard, were prepared to respond to mariners in distress.”

The exercise began Monday and tested search and rescue planning efforts and coordination of rescue assets.

Participating agencies included: The Canadian royal navy, Joint Task Force Pacific, Joint Rescue Centre Victoria, U.S. Coast Guard 17th District, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Juneau, Joint Task Force Alaska and the 11th Air Force Alaska.

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