Proceedings Of The Marine

FALL 2011

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(GLWRULDO 7HDP Champion's Point of View by CAPT DAVID MCBRIDE &KLHI 2IÀFH RI 6HDUFK DQG 5HVFXH Historically, the United States Coast Guard has been known for its heroic rescues; countless journals and news stories have documented those successes. Coast Guard air crews, boat crews, and cuttermen are considered some of the best WUDLQHG DQG PRVW SURÀFLHQW LQ WKH EXVLQHVV ,Q DGGLWLRQ ZH FRQWLQXH WR FRRUGLQDWH with and learn from our national and international search and rescue partners. This issue of Proceedings provides a small look into the growth of those partner- ships, within and external to the Coast Guard. It also highlights some of our chal- lenges, especially with regard to long-range search and rescue, mass rescue at sea, and domestic disaster response. Despite the best efforts of the Coast Guard and our partners, approximately 500 persons per year remain unaccounted for. Another 500 are recovered deceased. Preventing these accidents and deaths is a team effort for the Coast Guard response and prevention communities. 7KHUHIRUH RQH RI WKH PDMRU REMHFWLYHV IRU WKH 2IÀFH RI 6HDUFK DQG 5HVFXH LV LPSURY- ing our technology. For example, efforts to replace the aging Search and Rescue Satellite Tracking System with the new SAR/GPS system are underway. SAR/GPS ZLOO JUHDWO\ UHGXFH WKH WLPH LW WDNHV WR UHFHLYH QRWLÀFDWLRQ RI D 0+] GLVWUHVV beacon alert and increase location accuracy. This, along with other improvements WR GLVWUHVV EHDFRQV DV ZHOO DV WKH DGGLWLRQ RI QHZ FRPPHUFLDOO\ DYDLODEOH QRWLÀFD- WLRQ GHYLFHV ZLOO LPSURYH WKH &RDVW *XDUG·V DELOLW\ WR UHFHLYH HDUO\ QRWLÀFDWLRQ RI a distress situation. As you read these articles, understand that there are many organizations, teams, and individuals involved in the search and rescue system. It is crucial that we FRQWLQXH WR ZRUN ZLWK WKHVH SDUWQHUV WR LPSURYH RXU SODQV DQG ÀQG QHZ ZD\V WR leverage each other's talents. Semper Paratus. %DUEDUD &KLDUL]LD Executive Editor /HVOLH & *RRGZLQ Art Director 6DUDK . :HEVWHU Associate Editor Proceedings is published quarterly by the Coast Guard's Prevention Direc- torate, in the interest of safety at sea under the auspices of the Marine Safety & Security Council. Special permission for republication, either in whole or in part, except for copy- righted material, is not required, pro- vided credit is given to Proceedings. The articles contained in Proceedings are submitted by diverse public and pri- vate interests in the maritime commu- nity as a means to promote maritime safety and security. The views ex- pressed by the authors do not neces- sarily represent those of the U.S. Coast Guard or the Department of Homeland 6HFXULW\ RU UHSUHVHQW RI¿FLDO SROLF\ (GLWRULDO &RQWDFW Editor, Proceedings Magazine U.S. Coast Guard 2100 2nd Street SW Stop 7681 Washington, D.C. 20593-7681 202-372-2316 6XEVFULSWLRQ 5HTXHVWV &KDQJHV Proceedings is free. Please include mailing label informa- tion when changing address. Subscriptions, Proceedings Magazine U.S. Coast Guard Attn: Proceedings Magazine 2100 2nd Street SW Stop 7681 Washington, D.C. 20593-7681 Fall 2011 Proceedings 5

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