Coast Guard, Navy and Canadian Forces hold mission capability and planning talks

Coast Guard District 5 NewsPORTSMOUTH, Va. – The U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy and Canadian Maritime Forces Atlantic, held three-party staff talks to discuss the mutual homeland security and defense issues of the three maritime commands charged with protecting the East Coast, Dec. 1-2, 2011, in Suffolk, Va.

The meeting provided an opportunity for the senior leaders to view the capabilities of local Coast Guard units, including the Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane, Air Station Elizabeth City, Station Little Creek, Sector Hampton Roads and the Maritime Security Response Team. Meanwhile, staffs from each command participated in working groups focusing on maritime homeland defense and security; command, control, communications, computers and intelligence; and joint exercises such as Frontier Sentinel.

“The three-party talks are instrumental for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Navy to coordinate our efforts on shared maritime defense and maritime security issues,” said U.S. Navy Vice Adm. David Buss, U.S. Fleet Forces, Deputy Commander for Fleet and Joint Operations. “The combined efforts allow us to identify gaps and seams in our processes and to collaboratively work together to eliminate them.”

Staff members from the commands established working groups to tackle issues of mutual interest and develop recommendations. Thorough briefs to the flag officers accomplished a number of goals including enhancing relationships, closing gaps in maritime homeland security and defense, improving humanitarian aid and disaster relief plans and operations, strengthening joint planning processes, sharing information to enhance maritime domain awareness and developing a road map to implement a three-way, comprehensive vision for future collaborative efforts.

“The three-party staff talks are a key component in our effort to strengthen relationships and enhance unity of effort between the Coast Guard, Navy and our Canadian Partners to the north. The relationships we build now help make our coasts safer by improving layered security in the Atlantic Area of responsibility,” said Atlantic Area commander, Vice Adm. Robert Parker.

The annual staff talks began in 2007 and have lead to the development of interoperability plans among the three services as well as act as a forum for developing objectives for the annual Frontier Sentinel exercise series.

The three commands are also working on plans for the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812, which will be commemorated with ship visits, historical re-enactments, and celebrations in ports from New Orleans to Boston and throughout the Great Lakes from April through August 2012. The Coast Guard’s rich military history and successes in battle will be honored during events throughout the year.

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