Canadian and U.S. Coast Guard conduct search and rescue exercise in the Arctic

Friday, October 14, 2022 8:02 a.m.

The crews of the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton and the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Sir Wilfrid Laurier conducted a search and rescue exercise near Point Hope, Alaska on October 12. (Photo courtesy Coast Guard Cutter Stratton.)

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – The crews of the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton 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 any training opportunities to ensure we are ready to assist and coordinate should a situation arise.

Brandon D. James