Coast Guard, DoD Partners conduct search and rescue exercise

A U.S. Marine Corps pilot from the Marine Aircraft Group-14 jumps from the deck of the Coast Guard Cutter Richard Snyder into the Atlantic, May 18, 2021, near Cape Hatteras, NC. The Marines, along with the Coast Guard, the Navy and the Air Force participated in a joint-service search and rescue operation in order to test communication capabilities in the event of a joint-service response. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Second Class Edward Wargo/Released)

A U.S. Marine Corps pilot from the Marine Aircraft Group-14 jumps from the deck of the Coast Guard Cutter Richard Snyder into the Atlantic, May 18, 2021, near Cape Hatteras, NC.  (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Second Class Edward Wargo)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard, Navy, Marines, and Air Force conducted a search and rescue exercise off the coast of Cape Lookout, N.C., Tuesday.

The purpose of the exercise was to test and provide realistic feedback on existing policies, plans, procedures, and agreements with the Coast Guard and partner Department of Defense units within the Fifth Coast Guard District’s area of responsibility.

“We always look forward to opportunities that highlight our multi-agency partnerships, and this outstanding exercise only further underscored the value of our relationships with our partners,” said Capt. Timothy Eason, chief of response for the Coast Guard 5th District. “We were able to exercise the satellite notification system, stress our internal and external communications plans, and safely recover two simulated downed aviators using Coast Guard and Navy aircraft.”

The exercise included recovery of in-water objects, helicopter hoists, use of flares, and mass search and rescue operations.

“This exercise was an amazing opportunity for our squadron to conduct excellent training and further solidify our procedures for a multi-service rescue effort,” said Lt. Austen Wildberger, an instructor pilot at Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron.

The Department of the Navy and Coast Guard frequently work together worldwide to support a variety of maritime operations that are vital to the security and prosperity of the United States.

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