Coast Guard moving radio operations to better serve the Alaskan boating community

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – To better serve the boating community, Coast Guard Sector Anchorage is scheduled to move its radio monitoring operations from Kodiak to the Sector Command Center in Anchorage Friday.

The move is the first step in a process that will bring all marine communications under one location.

The consolidation will streamline communications between the Coast Guard and recreational and commercial mariners. The radio operations will be located with Coast Guard search and rescue control personnel allowing better coordination and communication during times of need.

“We want to assure the public there will always be someone listening,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Jimmy Belcher, Coast Guard Sector Anchorage Command Center supervisor. “The mariners are not losing any communication at all.”

A second stage of consolidation is set to occur in early September when radio operations will be moved from Valdez to Anchorage.

These transitions are part of a consolidation of personnel and mission responsibilities under the Coast Guard command center located in Anchorage.

Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons will not be affected by the consolidation. All EPIRB signals will continue to be heard by the Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Center in Juneau.

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