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9th District Public Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

Date: Aug. 22, 2012

Ninth Coast Guard District

Contact: Ninth Coast Guard District External Affairs Office

Office: (216) 902-6020

Mobile: (216) 310-2608

PHOTOs: Coast Guard Sector Buffalo accepts new Rescue 21 search-and-rescue communications system, demonstrates capabilities of new response boat

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Capt. Steven Wischmann, commander Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, Congressman Brian Higgins, U.S. Representative of the 27th District of New York, Rear Adm. Michael N. Parks, commander of the 9th Coast Guard District, and Capt. John Wood, manager of the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Acquisitions Program at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., listen to opening remarks at Sector Buffalo's Rescue 21 official acceptance ceremony held at Sector Buffalo, N.Y., Aug. 22, 2012.

Rescue 21 is the Coast Guard's advanced command, control and direction-finding communications system, and by harnessing this state-of-the-market technology the Coast Guard can execute its search and rescue missions with greater agility and efficiency.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read

       

Rear Adm. Michael N. Parks, commander of the 9th Coast Guard District, speaks during a ceremony at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, N.Y., where the sector officially accepted the Rescue 21 program, Aug. 22, 2012.

Rescue 21 is the Coast Guard's advanced command, control and direction finding communications system, and by harnessing this state-of-the-market technology the Coast Guard can execute its search and rescue missions with greater agility and efficiency.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read

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Rear Adm. Michael N. Parks, (second from right), commander of the 9th Coast Guard District, speaks with Congressman Brian Higgins, U.S. Representative for the 27th District of New York, during a ceremony at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, N.Y., where the sector officially accepted the Rescue 21 program, Aug. 22, 2012.

Rescue 21 is the Coast Guard's advanced command, control and direction finding communications system, and by harnessing this state-of-the-market technology the Coast Guard can execute its search and rescue missions with greater agility and efficiency.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read

Capt. John Wood, manager of the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Acquisitions Program at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., speaks with the media at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, N.Y., Aug. 22, 2012.

Rescue 21 is the Coast Guard's advanced command, control and direction finding communications system, and by harnessing this state-of-the-market technology the Coast Guard can execute its search and rescue missions with greater agility and efficiency.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read

Buffalo, N.Y. — The Coast Guard held a ceremony and demonstration Wednesday morning to officially accept the new Rescue 21 communications system at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo.

Rescue 21, the Coast Guard’s advanced command, control, and direction-finding communications system, was created to more efficiently locate mariners in distress.

Sector Buffalo's Rescue 21 system became operational in September of 2011. Since then, it has been used in more than 618 search and rescue cases, contributing to the Coast Guard's rescue of 139 mariners.

Rear Adm. Michael Parks, commander of the 9th Coast Guard District, and Capt. Steve Wischmann, commander of Sector Buffalo, participated in a brief ceremony and demonstration, showing local officials and media how Rescue 21's state-of-the-art technology is enhancing search-and-rescue mission execution and maritime safety along the sector's entire area of responsibility, which spans from Vermillion, Ohio, to Massena, N.Y.

Congressman Brian Higgins, U.S. Representative for New York's 27th District, was the event’s keynote speaker. Capt. John Wood, manager of the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Acquisitions Program at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., also delivered remarks, as did Michael Monteilh, engineering director for Rescue 21 at General Dynamics C4 Systems.

Sector Buffalo becomes the last of the 9th Coast Guard District's four sector commands to accept the Rescue 21 communications system, following similar ceremonies for Sector Detroit, Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., and Sector Lake Michigan, in Milwaukee.

Click here for information from Sector Detroit's acceptance ceremony in September 2011.
Click here for information from Sector Lake Michigan's acceptance ceremony in April 2012.
Click here for information from Sector Sault Ste. Marie's acceptance ceremony in June 2012.

"With Sector Buffalo's official acceptance of the Coast Guard's advanced Rescue 21 communications system, I'm proud to say that this cutting-edge technology has been implemented across the entire Great Lakes region," said Parks.  "This upgrade is a real game-changer in that it enhances the Coast Guard's ability to hear and quickly answer the call when a mariner is in need across the expansive system of waterways and, with its advanced triangulation capabilities, may help us take some of the 'search' out of 'search and rescue.'"

Personnel from Station Buffalo also made themselves available to demonstrate the advanced capabilities of the station’s new 45-foot Response Boat-Medium.  The RB-M can respond faster than previous boats of similar size with a top speed in excess of 40 knots, has advanced search capability with an installed forward-looking infrared search technology.  Additionally, with twin jet propulsion, the vessel is able to respond in shallower water.

"In addition to eagerly accepting Sector Buffalo's Rescue 21 system, I'm also glad to see Station Buffalo making great use of the advanced capabilities of their new 45-foot response boat," said Wischmann.  "This new asset allows the crew to get on scene faster, safely operate in heavier weather, access shallower water, and remain on scene longer — all things that contribute to their ability to respond and assist mariners in distress."

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