Agencies combine for maritime security exercise

SEATTLE —The Coast Guard, in conjunction with Washington State Patrol, Washington State Ferries, the FBI, other state and local authorities and numerous maritime facilities, conducted a mobilization exercise simulating a Maritime Security Level increase for port facilities around Puget Sound and Washington State Ferries Friday.

This exercise involved cooperation between active duty, auxiliary, reserve and civilian Coast Guard members with other law enforcement agencies and industry.

The exercise simulated a general intelligence threat that affected maritime stakeholders. The joint response effort included facilities implementing increased security efforts, law enforcement inspecting facilities, assessing unit readiness and collaboration between law enforcement agencies and maritime industry.

The Coast Guard Captain of the Port of Puget Sound, Captain Suzanne Englebert, hailed the exercised as a strong success.

“This exercise enhanced our existing coordination and communication and bolstered the readiness of the Puget Sound maritime community to prepare for and respond to security threats,” said Englebert.

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