Coast Guard Sector Detroit to accept new SAR communications system

Coast Guard District 9 NewsDETROIT— The U.S. Coast Guard will hold a ceremony and demonstration in Detroit Friday to commemorate the acceptance of the Rescue 21 search-and-rescue communications system in Coast Guard Sector Detroit.

The Coast Guard created Rescue 21 to better locate mariners in distress and save lives and property at sea and on navigable rivers.

The Coast Guard’s deputy assistant commandant for acquisition, Michael Tangora, will join Capt. Jeff Ogden, commander of Coast Guard Sector Detroit, to explain how Rescue 21 is enhancing mission execution and marine safety along the coast of eastern Michigan and northwestern Ohio.

Rep. Hansen Clarke, who represents Michigan’s 13th Congressional District and serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security, will be the event’s keynote speaker. Bill Ross, vice president of federal systems and cyber solutions for General Dynamics C4 Systems, will also deliver remarks. General Dynamics C4 Systems was awarded the Rescue 21 production contract in September 2002.

By harnessing today’s cutting-edge technology, Rescue 21 enables the Coast Guard to execute all its missions, especially search and rescue, with greater agility and efficiency. With increased communications coverage and advanced direction-finding capabilities, Rescue 21 helps take the search out of search and rescue. More information about Rescue 21 can be found at

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