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Date: October 21, 2010

Contact: Jetta H. Disco

U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego Accepts Rescue 21 Search and Rescue Communications System

***Includes photos and video***

SAN DIEGO — The U.S. Coast Guard formally accepted its Rescue 21 advanced command, control and

communications system at Sector San Diego in ceremony today. The Coast Guard created Rescue 21 to

better locate mariners in distress and save lives and property at sea.


As the maritime version of 9-1-1, it facilitates better communication and interoperability among first

responders in emergency situations and provides increased communications coverage out to a minimum

of 20 nautical miles off the coastal zone. With its advanced direction-finding capabilities and increased

range, Rescue 21 helps take the search out of search and rescue. The systems also helps identify hoax

distress calls that can unnecessarily divert Coast Guard assets and manpower.


Rear Adm. Ronald J. Rábago, the Coast Guard’ s assistant commandant for acquisition joined Rear Adm.

Joseph Castillo, commander, 11th Coast Guard District, to talk about how Rescue 21 is enhancing mission

execution and maritime safety along the coast of southern California.


U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.), who serves on the House Armed Services Committee and represents

the congressional district that includes Sector San Diego, was the event’ s keynote speaker. Lee Wright,

senior director, national communications and homeland security business for General Dynamics C4

Systems, also delivered remarks. General Dynamics C4 Systems was awarded the Rescue 21 production

contract in September 2002.


“The Rescue 21 system harnesses today’ s technology and enables the Coast Guard to execute

all missions, especially its search and rescue mission, with greater agility and efficiency," said

Castillo. "Rescue 21’s direction-finding capabilities provide lines of bearing to the source of the

transmission, which significantly reduces the size of our search area and enables our watchstanders to

more accurately direct response assets to the distressed mariner."


Today’ s acceptance formally brings those capabilities to Sector San Diego and increases the total U.S.

coastline currently covered by Rescue 21 to more than 35,000 miles. For more information about Rescue

21, please visit www.uscg.mil/acquisition/rescue21.


***Click on photos below to be linked to high resolution images***


SAN DIEGO - U.S. Rep. Susan Davis, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, talks about the new Rescue 21 search and rescue operations system during an acceptance ceremony held at Coast Guard Sector San Diego, Oct. 21, 2010. Davis along with Rear Adm. Joseph Castillo, Commander of the11th Coast Guard District and Rear Adm. Ronald J. Rábago, the Coast Guard’ s assistant commandant for acquisition, and Lee Wright, of General Dynamics C4 Systems delivered remarks during the ceremony. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco.


SAN DIEGO - U.S. Rep. Susan Davis, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, talks about the new Rescue 21 search and rescue operations system during an acceptance ceremony held at Coast Guard Sector San Diego, Oct. 21, 2010. Davis along with Rear Adm. Joseph Castillo, Commander of the11th Coast Guard District and Rear Adm. Ronald J. Rábago, the Coast Guard’ s assistant commandant for acquisition, and Lee Wright, of General Dynamics C4 Systems delivered remarks during the ceremony. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco.


SAN DIEGO - Rear Adm. Joseph Castillo, Commander of the 11th Coast Guard District, talks about how the new Rescue 21 operations system takes the ‘search’ out of search and rescue, during an acceptance ceremony held at Coast Guard Sector San Diego, Oct. 21, 2010. Castillo along with Rear Adm. Ronald J. Rábago, the Coast Guard’ s assistant commandant for acquisitions, U.S. Rep. Susan Davis, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, and Lee Wright, of General Dynamics C4 Systems, delivered remarks during the ceremony. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco.


SAN DIEGO - Rear Adm. Joseph Castillo, Commander of the 11th Coast Guard District, talks about how the new Rescue 21 operations system takes the ‘search’ out of search and rescue, during an acceptance ceremony held at Coast Guard Sector San Diego, Oct. 21, 2010. Castillo along with Rear Adm. Ronald J. Rábago, the Coast Guard’ s assistant commandant for acquisition, U.S. Rep. Susan Davis, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, and Lee Wright, of General Dynamics C4 Systems, delivered remarks during the ceremony. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco.


SAN DIEGO - Rear Adm. Ronald J. Rábago, the Coast Guard’ s assistant commandant for acquisitions, discusses the Rescue 21 communications system with local San Diego media at Coast Guard Sector San Diego after an acceptance ceremony held Oct. 21, 2010. Rábago along with Rear Adm. Joseph Castillo, Commander of the 11th Coast Guard District, U.S. Rep. Susan Davis, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, and Lee Wright, of General Dynamics C4 Systems delivered remarks during the ceremony. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco.


SAN DIEGO - Rear Adm. Ronald J. Rábago, the Coast Guard’ s assistant commandant for acquisition, discusses the Rescue 21 communications system with local San Diego media at Coast Guard Sector San Diego after an acceptance ceremony held Oct. 21, 2010. Rábago along with Rear Adm. Joseph Castillo, Commander of the 11th Coast Guard District, U.S. Rep. Susan Davis, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, and Lee Wright, of General Dynamics C4 Systems delivered remarks during the ceremony. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco.


***Click on photo below to be linked to video***

SAN DIEGO - Rear Adm. Ronald J. Rábago, the Coast Guard’ s assistant commandant for acquisition, and Capt. Tom Farris, Commander of Sector San Diego, discuss the Rescue 21 communications system and safety with local San Diego media at Coast Guard Sector San Diego after an acceptance ceremony held Oct. 21, 2010. Rábago along with Rear Adm. Joseph Castillo, Commander of the 11th Coast Guard District, U.S. Rep. Susan Davis, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, and Lee Wright, of General Dynamics C4 Systems delivered remarks during the ceremony hosted by Farris. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco.

SAN DIEGO - Rear Adm. Ronald J. Rábago, the Coast Guard’ s assistant commandant for acquisition, and Capt. Tom Farris, Commander of Sector San Diego, discuss the Rescue 21 communications system and safety with local San Diego media at Coast Guard Sector San Diego after an acceptance ceremony held Oct. 21, 2010. Rábago along with Rear Adm. Joseph Castillo, Commander of the 11th Coast Guard District, U.S. Rep. Susan Davis, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, and Lee Wright, of General Dynamics C4 Systems delivered remarks during the ceremony hosted by Farris. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco.

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