Sector Detroit command center accepts cutting-edge technology

Photo of Rescue 21 Acceptance Ceremony

DETROIT - Rep. Hansen Clarke, who represents MichiganÕs 13th Congressional District and serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security, thanks those involved with acquiring Rescue 21 at Coast Guard Sector Detroit during an acceptance ceremony for the cutting-edge search and rescue communications system there Sept. 30, 2011. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Jorgensen)

The Coast Guard in Detroit came one step closer Friday to eliminating the often time-consuming and frustrating search aspect of search and rescue when leaders there unveiled new cutting-edge technology now available to search and rescue controllers in Sector Detroit’s command center.

Sector Detroit Deputy Commander, Cmdr. E.J. Marohn formally accepted the search and rescue communications system, called Rescue 21, during a ceremony at the sector Friday.

U.S. and Canadian Coast Guardsmen, local marine police officers and sheriffs, harbormasters and other industry partners crowded into Sector Detroit’s training room to listen as Congressman Clarke Hansen, Marohn, Coast Guard Deputy Assistant Commandant for Acquisition Michael Tangora, and Vice President of Federal Systems and Cyber Solutions for General Dynamics C4 Systems Bill Ross highlighted the benefits and capabilities of the new communications system.

Photo of Rescue 21 Acceptance Ceremony

DETROIT - Lt. Justin Westmiller of Coast Guard Sector Detroit demonstrates to Canadian Coast Guardsmen and other industry partners how Rescue 21 works and explains the capabilities and benefits of the cutting-edge search and rescue communcations system following an acceptance ceremony at Sector Detroit Sept. 30, 2011. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Jorgensen)

With increased communications coverage and advanced direction-finding capabilities, Rescue 21 allows responders to quickly locate mariners when responding to distress calls, helping to take the search out of search and rescue.

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