Coast Guard Rescue 21 system comes to Hampton Roads

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard’s Rescue 21 Acquisition Project will hold an acceptance ceremony and demonstration at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads, Sector Command Center Joint, 4000 Coast Guard Blvd., here Monday at 11 a.m.

Rescue 21 is the Coast Guard’s critical command, control and communications acquisition project, offering cutting edge technology to mariners nationwide. The system is the backbone of the National Maritime Distress and Response System, a maritime version of 911 that allows the boating public, the Coast Guard and other response agencies to communicate more effectively in emergency situations in the marine environment.

There will be a video showcasing the system, followed by remarks by Coast Guard Rear Adm. Ronald Rabago and Capt. Patrick Trapp, commander of Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads.

The advanced Rescue 21 system offers:

* Direction-finding capability
* Reduction of coverage gaps along the coast
* Enhanced playback capability improving clarity of calls
* Digital archiving of calls
* Increased, simultaneous channel monitoring capacity

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