Coast Guard Announces Re-Establishment of Coastal Warning Display Program

MIAMI – Rear Adm. David Kunkel, commander of the Seventh Coast Guard District is scheduled to speak about the Coastal Warning Display program, being implemented throughout the Seventh District and at select small boat stations throughout the United States, the preparedness of the Coast Guard for hurricane season and the service’s role in response during a hurricane, during a press brief Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Coast Guard Air Station Miami, 14750 NW 44TH CT, Opa Locka, Fla.A variety of deployable Coast Guard assets will be on display and Coast Guardsmen from different specialties will be available to talk about their role in hurricane response. Assets scheduled to be on display during the media event include:

Coast Guard HC-130J “Hercules” aircraft
Coast Guard HH-60J “Jayhawk” helicopter
Coast Guard HH-65C “Dolphin” helicopter
Coast Guard HU-25 “Falcon” jet
Coast Guard Auxiliary Mobile Command Center
Station Miami Beach 25-foot Response boat
Aids to Navigation Team Fort Lauderdale 23-foot aids to navigation boat

Also represented at the event will be Port Security Unit 307, Tactical Law Enforcement Team South and the National Strike Force.

The personnel and assets at the event represent the deployable assets the Coast Guard can use to provide a force package that is tailored to a specific crisis such as landfall of a major hurricane.

According to Rear Adm. David Pekoske, assistant commandant for operations, Wednesday’s announcement, “re-establishes the program, discontinued by the National Weather Service in 1989, as a Coast Guard initiative to re-enforce the Coast Guard’s role as lifesavers, reaffirm to local communities the Coast Guard’s role as experts concerning local boating matters, and visually communicate to the American public the lesson of Hurricane Katrina to take personal responsibility for individual safety in the face of an approaching storm.”

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