Canadian and U.S. Coast Guard conduct Arctic search and rescue exercise – Coast Guard News

The crews of Coast Guard Cutter Stratton (WMSL 752) and Canadian Coast Guard Vessel Sir Wilfrid Laurier conducted a search and rescue exercise near Point Hope, Alaska, Oct. 12, 2022. U.S. Coast Guard Photo Courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Stratton.

POINT HOPE, Alaska – The crews of the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton (WMSL 752) and Canadian Coast Guard Ship Sir Wilfrid Laurier conducted a search and rescue exercise near Point Hope on Wednesday.

The exercise began with Stratton deploying a small unmanned craft to act as a vessel in distress and simulating a distress call, voiced by Petty Officer Third Class Isabel Acevedo-Garcia. Canadian Coast Guard vessel Sir Wilfrid Laurier responded to the call and notified the United States Coast Guard District 17 Command Center that the simulated vessel was in distress. The Canadian Coast Guard vessel then launched its small boat and Stratton directed its Scan Eagle aerial drone to locate the craft. Showing exceptional bilateral coordination, operations specialists aboard Stratton directed the small Canadian boat towards the stricken vessel while watching a live feed from the aerial drone. The small boat located, recovered, and returned the stricken vessel to Stratton’s crew.

“Exercises like this help strengthen our international partnerships and increase the effectiveness of our emergency response in the remote region,” said Captain Stephen Adler, commanding officer of the Stratton. “We are grateful to our Canadian partners. The Arctic is a challenging environment and we look forward to all training opportunities to ensure we are ready to assist and coordinate should a situation arise.

The U.S. Coast Guard is the national leader in surface operations in the Arctic and coordinates with international partners through joint exercises and professional exchanges to maintain a safe and prosperous Arctic region.

Cutter Stratton is a 418-foot National Security Cutter (NSC) capable of extensive worldwide deployment in support of homeland security and defense missions. NSCs routinely conduct operations from South America to the Arctic, where their unparalleled combination of range, speed and ability to operate in extreme weather conditions provides the mission flexibility needed to conduct vital strategic missions.

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Brandon D. James