itCG-Maritime Security Response Team, Rescue 21 in action, four rescued from bees

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  • DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano visited the CGC Frank Drew in Portsmouth, Virginia yesterday to discuss maritime security and watch the Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team (MSRT) demonstrate their counterterrorism and advanced interdiction capabilities. The MSRT was established in 2004 to enhance the national response to weapons of mass destruction incidents. Although the team is trained to meet chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats, it is also prepared to meet any maritime challenge. Video and pictures included.
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  • When only one distress call is made and it doesn’t include a position, Guardians must spring into action using their training, experience and ingenuity to gather information and try to identify an approximate location. But now, with the new Rescue 21 system, correlating positions with distress calls is becoming easier and faster.
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  • Coast Guard rescued four people from a boat that was invaded by “thousands” of bees yesterday on the Indian River in Central Florida. Funny? Maybe, but only for a minute or two. These small pests may not be your typical maritime threat, but they are surely a weapon of destruction to people stranded by them on a boat.
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