USCG & SAR Groups from Guam and CNMI Conduct Joint Exercise

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Guam –  United States Coast Guard Sector Guam, along with the members of Search and Rescue (SAR) Groups Commonwealth Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and Guam held a joint exercise in Sasanhaya Bay, Rota on September 3.

Coast Guard Sector Guam personnel, the Coast Guard Cutter Assateague and SAR agencies from Guam, Saipan, and Rota, which included members from the Guam Police Department’s Marine Division, Saipan and Rota’s Emergency Management Office, the Rota Department of Public Safety, CNMI Fish and Wildlife, and Rota Fire Department conducted a multi-agency exercise aimed at enhancing communications and response interoperability.

The exercise evaluated the SAR Groups’ ability to establish an Incident Command Post to respond to a dive boat experiencing engine trouble while drifting away from an inexperienced snorkeler in the water, near Rota’s Coral Gardens. Despite the sea conditions, weather and limited resources, the joint SAR Group exercise between CNMI, Guam, and local SAR agencies was a very successful in achieving the primary exercise objectives: testing communications, evaluating the flow of information, and assessing joint SAR capabilities.

On the day preceding the exercise, classroom training on navigation, communications, and safety was given to the participating agencies by members of Coast Guard Sector Guam and Coast Guard Station Apra Harbor.

If there are any questions or inquires regarding this exercise please contact LT Marlon Heron

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam Chief, Contingency Planning and Force Readiness, at 355-4941