Maritime Security Response Team demonstrates capabilities

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano visited the Coast Guard Integrated Support Command in Portsmouth for a demonstration of the capabilities of the Coast Guard’s Maritime Security Response Team Monday.

During Napolitano’s visit, the MSRT demonstrated their underway boarding techniques, including a vertical insertion from a helicopter and a hook-and-climb boarding from a 25-foot Defender Class response boat, on the Coast Guard Cutter Frank Drew.

After the demonstration, Napolitano gave a press briefing on the Coast Guard’s role in national port security and counterterrorism, pledging her support for the Coast Guard’s missions.

WAVY-TV 10 sent a reporter along to cover the story.

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