Teams simulate finding weapons of mass destruction

WARRENTON    — The U.S. Coast Guard and Oregon National Guard simulated finding and eliminating explosives on the Job Corps’ vessel Ironwood Wednesday.

In the joint simulated exercise, the Coast Guard delivered its boarding teams and K-9 teams onto the motor vessel Ironwood, a Tongue Point Job Corps Center training ship.

They found mock indications of explosives and potential weapons of mass destruction, detained the ship’s crew and brought in the National Guard’s 102nd Civil Support Team to eliminate the simulated explosive and radiological threat.

“This was a remarkable and realistic exercise that enhanced our ability to respond, in cooperation with the CST, to threats delivered by sea,” said Cmdr. William Gibbons, Coast Guard Sector Columbia River chief of response.

“This effort was made possible by our strong and enduring partnership with the Oregon National Guard, as well as with the Tongue Point Job Corps.”

The Coast Guard’s Sector Columbia River, Vessel Boarding Security Team, Air Station Astoria and Maritime Safety and Security Team Seattle, along Oregon National Guard’s 102 Civil Support Team, the teachers and students aboard the motor vessel Ironwood made the event possible.



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