Coast Guard Sector Long Island Conducts Homeland Security Training

NEW LONDON, Conn.,–Coast Guard Station New London is hosting Tactical Coxswain’s Training in the Thames River in New London, Conn., from November 14th to the 16th of this week.

Rescue boat crew members from Coast Guard Stations Montauk, Eaton’s Neck, New Haven, and New London will be conducting tactical maneuvering exercises from the Coast Guard Academy to the entrance buoys of the Thames River from the deck of 25-foot tactical response vessels.

Tactical maneuvering instructors from the Coast Guard Special Missions Training Command in Camp Lejeune, N.C., are conducting the training in direct support of the submarine and ferry escort missions routinely conducted in the Long Island Sound area.

During the exercise the boat crew members will fire blank rounds from MK 240 machine guns mounted at the bow of six vessels.

The public should expect to hear the weapons firing throughout Thursday and Friday afternoons in the vicinity of the Thames River.

Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound has issued a Broadcast Notice to Mariners alerting mariners in the area and advising them to keep clear of the exercise as it is going on.

“This is a great opportunity to bring several of our units in the Long Island Sound area together to train, and work alongside each other,” said Capt. Daniel Ronan, Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound Commander. “The Homeland Security mission is an important mission for our country and we have to continue to train our crews as much as possible. We will be giving our crews an on the water classroom experience that will allow them to test our tactics and procedures to improve their ability to protect the valuable resources in and around Long Island Sound.”

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