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26 Proceedings Summer 2016 www.uscg.mil/proceedings responders and allow them to safely identify radio- active material. According to Mr. Roger Tomlinson, Port Security Specialist for Sector Hampton Roads, "The mindset that we have here at Sector Hampton Roads, due to our collaborative spirit and mutual recognition, has made us a very forward-leaning port. This is just one example of what we have been able to accom- plish." The VA AMSC doesn't just fight terrorism; it con- tinually looks over the horizon to stay proactive in addressing port growth, as the Panama Canal expansion will allow deeper and wider ships to transit from Eastern Asia through the United States and Europe. With its naturally occurring deep approaches, the Port of Virginia will be a major player in canal-related trade. However, with larger ships becoming the norm, we must work together to balance the needs of the world's largest naval fleet with the economic needs of the commercial shipping industry. With the growing number of possible security threats on Virginia's waterways, the VA AMSC has correspondingly expanded its mission. The executive committee has char- tered eight mission-specific subcommittees: • lower Chesapeake Bay users, • port readiness, • marine transportation system planning, • law enforcement, • port risk assessment, • recreational vessels, • cybersecurity, • radio nuclear threats. The last two subcommittees were added in 2015 to focus the AMSC on such threats, collectively enhance waterway safety and security, identify threats, and ensure the most efficient and effective preventive, mitigation, and response measures. For example, the radio nuclear threat subcom- mittee has acquired more than $500,000 in radio nuclear detection equipment from the Department of Homeland Security to be strategically distributed to local law enforcement within the Port of Hampton Roads. This initiative will dramatically minimize transit time for Oil skimmers simulate the response to an oil spill in a joint training exercise with partici- pants from multiple agencies. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Joshua Canup. First responders, Coast Guard Station Little Creek personnel, and Virginia Beach EMS personnel practice search and rescue techniques at the annual search and rescue forum in Hampton, Virginia. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist Trey Clifton. "A st rong interagency approach is required to meet the challenges ahead." — CAPT Rick Wester, deputy sector commander, Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Vessel Safety The first towing vessel seminar at Sector Hampton Roads took place more than 15 years ago. Ever since that first semi- nar, Coast Guard and Virginia Maritime Association (VMA) personnel have co-hosted the annual national Towing Ves- sel Safety Seminar, providing training for towing vessel crewmembers from the Port of Virginia and beyond.