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25 Summer 2016 Proceedings www.uscg.mil/proceedings tasks, from boarding and searching to demonstrations of drug and radioactive material-detecting equipment. This collaborative training provides many benefits, includ- ing identifying challenges, building professional working relationships, and learning best practices. Mr. Bryan Miers, a participant from the Henrico County Fire Department, citing Richmond's geographic distance from the rest of the exercise simulating a worst-case discharge of fuel oil in the vicinity of U.S. Coast Guard Base Portsmouth and the Craney Island Fuel Depot on the Elizabeth River. The exercise required participants to conduct the operations necessary in an emergency oil spill response, including cre- ating a unified command; establishing the incident plan; creating finance, logistics, and public information compo- nents; and generating oil recovery strategies. This allowed participants to improve preparedness; identify weaknesses and strengths; assess the adequacy of resources, plans, and policies to support the pollution response mission; and share best practices. Planning for this exercise required a joint effort among U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, and Virginia Department of Envi- ronmental Quality personnel for more than a year. Accord- ing to LT Ashley Dufresne, contingency planner and pub- lic affairs officer for USCG Sector Hampton Roads, "The exercise was a great opportunity to work with other agen- cies within the port of Hampton Roads to test our ability to respond to incidents." Maritime Security The Virginia Area Maritime Security Committee (VA AMSC) was established on October 23, 2003. Since that time, it has grown to comprise members from more than 20 state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Coast Guard, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Navy, Virginia Department of Public Safety, and numerous others. The committee's main focus is to enhance maritime homeland security in the U.S. Coast Guard captain of the port area of responsibility, which includes developing and coordinating a comprehensive area strategy to minimize the threat of a transportation security incident and respond to any security incidents. The national towing vessel seminar features a search and rescue demonstration and the annual Tug Boatman's Challenge, where local mariners compete in practical skills and industry exercises. U.S. Coast Guard photos by Auxiliarist Trey Clifton. "Following the search and rescue forum, first responders in the Port of Virginia and the surrounding region will be better pre- pared to collaboratively conduct search and rescue, pollution response, and law enforcement operations." — Rear Admiral Stephen Metruck, commander, Coast Guard Fifth District port, noted, "We wouldn't know each other's capabilities without this training." Incident Management In 2015, the Coast Guard and other federal, state, and local agencies participated in a two-day, government-led, full- scale exercise to evaluate the capabilities and effectiveness of the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Area Con- tingency Plan. Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads, along with Naval Sta- tion Norfolk, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the Hampton Roads Incident Management Team, the Virginia Port Authority, and others participated in the