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24 Proceedings Summer 2016 www.uscg.mil/proceedings provides 375,000 jobs to the region. It is the nation's leading coal exporter and facilitates the safe transport of millions of intermodal shipping containers. Virginia is the third- highest producing state (behind Alaska and Louisiana) for fisheries by volume and houses the largest manufacturer of fish oil and fishmeal in North America. To add to an already robust area of responsibility, the partners also ensure the safety of more than 250,000 registered recreational vessels. Like a well-oiled ship engine is powered by myriad com- ponents, America's waterways are fueled by effective inter- agency collaboration. This is the basis for the relationship forged between U.S. Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads and the Port of Virginia. The Virginia Port Authority, U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Vir- ginia Maritime Association, Customs and Border Pro- tection, and numerous state and local agencies all share a common purpose: to promote the strength, readiness, safety, and security of this crucial piece of the Eastern Seaboard. This is highlighted through joint efforts in four areas of concentration: search and rescue, incident management, maritime security, and vessel safety. Search and Rescue More than 200 first responders and support staff from federal, state, and local agencies covering three states converge in Hampton, Virginia, every year for a Port of Virginia and U.S. Coast Guard-hosted search and rescue forum. The forum spans five days and includes joint training that emphasizes interoperability, including everything from the first contact in a dispatch center, to nighttime search patterns, to cold water survival. The week's training also incorporates maritime law enforce- ment and includes training specifically tailored to these The Sector Hampton Roads area of responsibility encom- passes the Atlantic Coast from the Virginia/Maryland bor- der to the Virginia/North Carolina border. It also includes all navigable waters including the Chesapeake Bay; the Eliz- abeth, James, and Rappahannock Rivers; the intracoastal waterway; and several inland lakes. It is a complex arrange- ment of missions and waterway users, with some of the deepest natural shipping channels on the East Coast. Not only is it home to the largest U.S. naval base in the world, the area also encompasses a rapidly growing infrastructure that supports all aspects of the Department of Defense. The Port of Virginia, which is mainly situated in the cities of Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Chesapeake, Virginia, is the third-largest port on the East Coast based on tonnage, generates $165 million a day in commerce, and Sector Hampton Roads Virginia Strength and readiness through collaboration. by l T k aren l ee Sector Hampton Roads U.S. Coast Guard l T a shle Y d u F resne Sector Hampton Roads U.S. Coast Guard Mr. Tre Y Cl IFT on U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Regions First responders and support staff representing federal, state, and local agencies from Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina converge in Hampton, Virginia, for an annual search and rescue forum. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist Trey Clifton.