Proceedings Of The Marine

FALL 2014

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56 Proceedings Fall 2014 In summary, the Coast Guard will continue to improve SAR effectiveness by refining exist- ing capabilities and leveraging new technolo- gies. With maritime traffc projected to increase steadily, during the next 10-20 years the Coast Guard's continued leadership domestically and internationally is critical to meet rising expecta- tions for cost-effective, steady state emergency response services in the maritime environment and still remain prepared for large, complex con- tingencies. Acknowledgements: Several program offices reviewed and supported this article, for which I am thankful. Certain individuals deserve special thanks: CAPT Peter Martin, Mr. Jack Frost, and Mr. Art Allen, all in the Offce of Search and Rescue; LCDR Brian McLaughlin, Office of Aviation Forces; Mr. Thomas Owens, Offce of Boat Forces and CDR Aaron Sanders, Offce of Performance Assessment and Management. About the author: LCDR O'Mara has served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 13 years in capaci- ties from deck offcer on a 378-foot high endurance cutter, and command- ing offcer of patrol boats in California, Bahrain, and Puerto Rico. LCDR O'Mara has earned fve commendation medals, and three meritorious unit commendations. Bibliography: U.S. Coast Guard Addendum to the United States National Search and Rescue Supplement to the International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue Manual, COMDTINST M16130.2F, Jan 2013. U.S. Coast Guard Arctic Strategy, May 2013. USCG Acquisition Directorate – Rescue 21. Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Project Slate FY14. Washington, DC: U.S. Coast Guard, CG-92, Nov 7, 2013. Acquisition Directorate Unmanned Aerial System Project Description. Endnotes: 1. In ensemble averaging, sets of data are obtained and averaged together to reduce random fuctuations in the signal/data set. 2. Approximately 14 of these aircraft are expected to be acquired 2016-2020. 3. Coast Guard debuts faster boats for search-and-rescue and more. Edward Stratton, for the Daily Astorian Apr 4, 2014. 4. Acquisition Directorate Response Boat Medium Project Description. Acquisition Direc- torate Response Boat-Small Project Description. 5. Washington State Department of Transportation – Ferries Division Nation's Larg- est Ferry System 582DCB857D83/0/WSFFactSheetMarch2013Web.pdf. 6. Cruise Market Watch website, citing Cruise Lines International Association prod- ucts. Accessed at: 7. Airbus and Dreamliner Battle for Airspace. Popular Mechanics, June 15, 2010. Accessed at: battle-for-air-space. 8. FAA Aerospace Forecast Highlights Fiscal years 2013-2033. org/headquarters_offces/apl/aviation_forecasts/aerospace_forecasts/2013-2033/ media/Forecast_Highlights.pdf. 9. Culver, P., and Jesse Rangle. Black Swan 2013: A behind-the-scenes look at the Coast Guard's largest mass rescue operation exercise series. Proceedings of the Marine Safety and Security Council, Journal of Safety & Security at Sea, Summer 2014. of birds. Fortunately, the incident occurred in an area with plenty of Good Samaritans and local response resources. But, what if it had happened 50 miles off the coast? ■ More recently, the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines fight MH-370 prompts one to consider how an effec- tive MRO might be mounted in remote ocean areas far offshore. Fortunately these incidents offer the Coast Guard a library of lessons learned left in their wake. The Costa Concordia, for example, spurred domestic and international scrutiny toward crew training standards, safety equipment, and mass rescue procedures. In 2013, the Coast Guard took many lessons and rolled them into an exercise to prepare for a major cruise ship catastro- phe. Named after a rare event, "Black Swan" 9 was the larg- est full-scale exercise in maritime history and tested con- tingency preparedness and coordination for a mass rescue scenario. In the exercise, an actual cruise ship experienced a simulated catastrophe near the Bahamas, and dozens of international, public, private, non-government organiza- tions, and state entities coordinated to provide resources. Similar exercises are planned for 2015, 2017, and 2019, rotat- ing locations throughout the Western Hemisphere. Lowering the survival craft for the Black Swan offshore mass rescue operation exercise. Photo by Mr. Chris Todd, assistant public information offcer, Black Swan Mass Rescue Operation Exercise.

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