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USCG completes Rescue 21 system

2nd November 2017 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


The US Coast Guard (USCG) has accepted into service the final tower in its Rescue 21 system, the USCG announced on 31 October.

The acceptance of the tower on 10 October marked the completion of a 20-year design and installation process to improve search and rescue (SAR) communications infrastructure throughout the US and its territories.

The Rescue 21 system is the USCG’s command, control and direction-finding communications system. It provides improved SAR communications and supports digital-selective calling, to enable the coast guard to carry out SAR operations effectively and efficiently, to locate vessels in distress and save lives and property at sea and on navigable rivers.

Rescue 21 is now operational along the coasts of the contiguous US; Hawaii; Puerto Rico; Guama; the US Virgin Islands; the Northern Marianas Islands of Saipan, Tinian and Rota; in parts of Alaska; Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio rivers and their major tributaries.

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