Coast Guard to conduct MEXUS training

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas – The Coast Guard is scheduled to conduct training with several federal, state, and local agencies along with the U.S. Air Force Reserve, NOAA, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, and the Mexican Navy to serve the public in an exercise on June 3-5, 2008, on South Padre Island.

MEXUSGULF 2008 is a full scale exercise which will take place over the course of 3 days, and is an opportunity for the U.S. to practice notification, mobilization, and deployment procedures with the Mexican Navy. A full scale exercise of this nature means the deployment of multiple assets including ships, aircraft, and environmental response equipment.

The MEXUS Plan is an agreement between the United States and Mexico to respond to oil or hazardous material spills that threaten to migrate across our respective boarders. The response organization will practice their initial response actions and mobilization to a command post when the exercise begins.

As each agency has different functions, MEXUSGULF 2008 will allow each agency to share a common picture during a shared response. The exercise will explore response strategies as well as exercise elements of the MEXUS Plan, and evaluate the Regional Response Team VI near-shore expedited dispersant approval process.

MEXUSGULF 2008 is a planned simulation of a major pollution incident within the Corpus Christi Area contingency plan and migrates into the Matamoros area of operations.

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