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The Coast Guard Proceedings of the Marine Safety and Security Council. Volume 72, Number 1, Spring 2015

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Picture the following scenarios 1 two vessels collide on the Houston Ship Channel and thick bunker fuel gushes into the busy waterway 2 train cars derail, release toxic chemicals into Mantua Creek in New Jersey, and residents are exposed 3 a Category 5 hurricane ruptures a million-gallon oil storage tank, its noxious contents spill into flood waters that surge into New Orleans neighborhoods 4 the Department of Defense seeks subject matter expertise to destroy Syria s 620-ton chemical weapons stockpile in a complex offshore operation. Sweating a bit Or are you chomping at the bit to get to work If it s the latter, you re probably a Coast Guard strike team member. These were real all-hazard response scenarios Coast Guard operational commanders faced. While each required a unique response, they all had one thing in common the National Strike Force NSF deployed to ensure a successful outcome. For more than four decades, these highly trained and specialized teams have responded in the name of public and environmental safety to make bad scenarios better. I m proud to honor the history of our NSF through this edition of Proceedings. This issue will provide a better understanding of a capability that allows federal on-scene coordinators both Coast Guard and EPA to sleep easier at night. A national asset and special team codified in the National Contingency Plan, the National Strike Force is highly adaptive and ready to respond. It is comprised of three all-hazard response teams under the NSF Coordination Center, covering the U.S. and its territories, and providing technical expertise to international partners worldwide. The NSF was an essential force multiplier when the Coast Guard responded to the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history.

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  • Civil Defense
  • Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare
  • Water Pollution and Control
  • Radiation Pollution and Control
  • Environmental Health and Safety

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