USCG Debuts Mobile Communications Vehicle

For the first time in a training exercise, the U.S. Coast Guard recently deployed its mobile communication vehicle (MCV) to Juneau, Alaska.

The vehicle is one of three MCVs sent to participate in a joint training exercise with Coast Guard 17th District and Coast Guard Sector Juneau continuity of operations. The vehicle, which can offer communication and internet capabilities, gives first responders expanded capabilities in the event of an emergency, disaster recovery, and other activities.

“Each year the 17th District and Sector Juneau simulate a loss of their primary workspaces that requires them to exercise the evacuation, relocation and resumption of Coast Guard mission essential functions at various designated alternate locations,” explained Chief Petty Officer Suzanne Bitinas, operations specialist, 17th District. “Communication systems such as the MCV deployed during these continuity exercises are critical as they provide redundant and reliable communication systems that further ensure Coast Guard support of its critical mission areas.”

By Pacific Maritime