Coast Guard Maritime Force Protection Unit to conduct exercise

13th Coast Guard District NewsSEATTLE — The Coast Guard Maritime Force Protection Unit Bangor, Wash., is scheduled to conduct an on-water exercise on May 9, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The exercise will be held on the Hood Canal and will include boat tactics, security zone maintenance and weapons capabilities.

During the exercise, Coast Guard personnel will be firing blank rounds to increase the realism of the training. Blank rounds have no projectiles.

The Coast Guard trains to fulfill its motto of being “Always Ready” for all threats, all hazards, all the time. The goal of the exercise is to maintain and improve qualifications of personnel that are charged with protecting the community, maritime environment and other naval vessels.

There will be a 1000-yard safety zone in effect during the exercise. A Broadcast Notice to Mariner’s will be transmitted before, during and at the completion of the exercise.

The Coast Guard is committed to the safety of maritime environment, marine mammals and ensuring they are protected. Specific marine mammal spotters will be on all Coast Guard vessels during the exercise, and if a marine mammal is spotted the exercise will cease or be delayed until the marine mammal moves on.

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