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42 Proceedings Summer 2014 www.uscg.mil/proceedings Chronology March 29 to March 31, 2013. ▶ The exercise forward team departs Fort Lauderdale, Fla., via the Balearia fast ferry with the control network com- munications equipment, and conducts controller and evaluator training. ▶ Pathfnder task force members embark the Bahamas Celebration in West Palm Beach, Fla. ▶ Exercise team members coordinate secure parking for staging sites and fnalize the bus transportation contract. April 1, 2013. ▶ Buses pick up volunteers in Clearwater, Fort Pierce, West Palm Beach, and Port Everglades. ▶ Van shuttles between Orlando and Port Canaveral. ▶ Monarch of the Seas disembarks last passengers and prepares for exercise. ▶ Volunteer check-in at Port Canaveral cruise ship terminal. ▶ Control radio network activates in Free- port; repeaters on hotels and Monarch of the Seas. ▶ Vessel familiarization, safety training, and cabin assignment. ▶ Monarch of the Seas departs Port Canav- eral to begin exercise. April 2, 2013. ▶ Norwegian Sky arrives at Freeport Har- bor. ▶ Norwegian Sky's exercise forward team conducts Freeport participants' safety training, then deploys to the landing site at the Grand Bahamas Yacht Club. ▶ Monarch of the Seas arrives three miles ofshore of entrance channel, and per- sonnel conduct safety brief before the abandon-ship process. ▶ Safety group vessel, cutters, Royal Bahamas Police Force, Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association, and feld observers in place ofshore to begin the sched- uled elements of the day. ▶ Obser ver group in place of fshore aboard the M/V Victoria to observe the ofshore portion of the exercise. ▶ Security in place and escorts ready for landing site and volunteer transporta- tion to second rescue element. ▶ Landing site ready to receive passen- gers and crew. ▶ Bahamas customs and immigration set up. ▶ Incident command post active. ▶ Rand Memorial Hospital personnel con- duct triage training for medical staf, as per exercise medical plan. ▶ Norwegian Sk y departs for Nassau, Bahamas. ▶ Monarch of the Seas moors at shipyard. ▶ Volunteers and exercise staf check in at hotel. ▶ Exercise staf conducts hot wash of the day's elements. April 3, 2013. ▶ Sixty-five volunteer actors deploy to Freeport International Airport for pro- cessing through U.S. Consulate and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, and then back to the landing site to serve as arriv- ing passengers and crew at the family reception center. ▶ Sixty volunteers serve as wounded pas- sengers for triage and medical surge processing. ▶ Florida advanced surgical transport (FAST) team embarks U.S. Coast Guard C-130 in Opa Locka, Fla., to Freeport to set up critical care unit. ▶ Rand Memorial Hospital trauma center activates. ▶ Opa Locka airport patient receiving center activates. ▶ Family reception center activates. ▶ Medical patient triage at Rand Memo- rial Hospital. ▶ Critical patients transfer to FAST team for stabilization, and then board U.S. Coast Guard C-130 to Opa Locka for advanced medical care. ▶ Eighty volunteers process through family reception center and board the Bahamas Celebration for evacuation home. ▶ U.S. Coast Guard C-130 returns to Free- port for additional patients and trans- ports FAST team back to Opa Locka. ▶ Secure Opa Locka airport receiving cen- ter. ▶ Dry dock Monarch of the Seas. April 4, 2013. ▶ Move Monarch of the Seas volunteers to Bahamas temporary shelter. ▶ Transport 80 volunteers from West Palm Beach to secure parking areas at original staging locations. ▶ Provide transportation for remaining volunteers. ▶ Secure control communications net- work. ▶ Open temporary shelter and provide food and water. ▶ Evaluators' meeting and hot wash. Unscripted Challenge The Monarch of the Seas was not sched- uled to be dry-docked until the afternoon of April 4. The dry dock became available just before midnight on April 3, so the ship was dry-docked several hours early. N u m e r o u s vo l u nte e r s e x p e r i e n ce d the challenging dry-docking process. Deprived of lights, air conditioning, and other modern conveniences, they fnally disembarked the ship, carrying their gear down numerous 45-degree ladders. Summer2014_22.indd 42 5/13/14 9:46 AM