Coast Guard increases presence in National Capital Region for Global Nuclear Security Summit

BALTIMORE – Local citizens and visitors will begin seeing an increased Coast Guard presence on the water April 12 and April 13 as units of Coast Guard Station Washington, D.C., begin operating an increased patrol schedule during the Global Nuclear Security Summit throughout the National Capital Region.

The increased homeland security initiatives will include extra patrols and the deployment of additional crewmembers and resources. The Coast Guard will work closely with federal, state and local law enforcement partners to protect the waters of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers in the NCR.

“Our goal is to work with our government and private sector partners to deliver a safe and secure environment for the dignitaries, event participants and the general public,” said Capt. Mark O’Malley, the sector commander of Sector Baltimore. “We’re bringing to bear all the maritime security capabilities necessary, but the NCR and the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers remain open for business and recreation.”

The Coast Guard’s security initiatives are one of many layers of increased security during the summit. The Coast Guard will continue to perform all of its standard missions of search and rescue and law enforcement in addition to our homeland security responsibilities.

The 2010 Nuclear Security Summit will be the 37th National Special Security Event held since the designation was created. More than half of the events have taken place in Washington, D.C. The two most recent include the 2010 State of the Union Address and the 2009 Presidential Inauguration.

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