Coast Guard launches Rescue 21 system for finding distressed boaters

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., 27 Dec. 2005. The U.S. Coast Guard has accepted and activated Rescue 21, a new command, control and communications system produced by General Dynamics C4 Systems that brings 21st century technology to its search and rescue mission.

Through a system of integrated wireless communications and location finding features, Rescue 21 enables the Coast Guard to quickly locate boaters in emergency situations, even if their "mayday" call is only seconds in length.

Rescue 21 improves the Coast Guard's ability to locate and assist distressed boaters by integrating digital technology for better direction finding capability, which improves response time and reliability. It uses towers along the coastline to increase communications coverage in coastal areas and improves interoperability with other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and with first responders.

Rescue 21 is currently installed in regions along the Eastern seaboard (from Manasquan, N.J., to Belle Haven, Va.). Once fully implemented, it will be the Coast Guard's primary command and control system along the 95,000 miles of coastline for which it is responsible.

"It's not only a life-saving maritime safety system to transform the Coast Guard's ability to protect boaters and save lives at sea, it's also a vital tool to enhance our day-to-day operations," said Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thomas Collins, who also pointed out that the new system moves the Coast Guard "a quantum leap forward" in command and control capability.

Rescue 21 will replace the Coast Guard's aging National Distress and Response System (NDRS) built during the 1970s. The new system was officially commissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard on December 20 at a ceremony at the Coast Guard Air Station in Atlantic City, N.J. The nationwide rollout to 44 additional regions is slated for completion by 2011.

"Rescue 21 is a major component the US Coast Guard has needed for a very long time and is an absolute key aspect of search and rescue as it was originally intended. As the Coast Guard undertakes a greater role in protecting our waters and borders, Rescue 21 will significantly contribute to the success of their homeland security mission," said Chairman Frank LoBiondo (NR-2nd/N.J.) of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.

** First Rescue

Maryland resident George Strawn credits the Coast Guard and the new system for his rescue. The boat in which he and two friends were fishing capsized off the coast of Ocean City, Md., in November. The boaters were able to send a mayday call before the boat overturned but Strawn was left clinging to the side of the boat about three miles outside Ocean City Inlet. Unknown to the boaters at the time, the Coast Guard was tapping into the advanced direction finding capability of the Rescue 21 system to access the location coordinates captured from the mayday call.

"We could see them circling north of us. Then all of a sudden instead of continuing north, they came directly toward us. They had contacted Chincoteague (Va.) using Rescue 21 coordinates that sent them straight to us. So Rescue 21 and some good Coast Guard personnel got me out of the water," Strawn said.

General Dynamics C4 Systems is a leading integrator of secure communication and information systems and technology. With more than 11,000 employees worldwide, the company specializes in command and control, communications networking, space systems, computing and information assurance for defense, government and select commercial customers in the United States and abroad.

General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 71,900 people worldwide and had 2004 revenue of $19.2 billion. The company is a market leader in mission-critical information systems and technologies; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and business aviation. For more information, see www.generaldynamics.com.


Military & Aerospace Photos

Most Popular Articles

Related Products

SBC-K7 Embedded PC for Instrumentation and Control

The SBC-K7 is an ideal platform for embedded instrumentation that combines an Atom PC running Win...

Rugged Mobile Communications Server

Advanced communications server designed to be deployed in environments where it needs to meet cer...

RR2P Removable Canister RAID System

Transportable data storage for mobile field use aboard planes, ships and ground transport. 2U, du...

P317xx Portable Computer System w/ Three 17" LCDs

The P317xx portable " lunchbox" system is unique in offering three 17" 1280x1024 resolution LCD d...

M1U20xx 1U Military-Grade Computer System

The M1U20xx Military-Grade Rack Mount System is a reliable high-performance mil-spec 1U solution ...

M4U20xx 4U Rackmount Military-Grade Computer

A 4U rugged military-grade computer offering the latest long-availability high-performance mother...

TFX-19 Trifold Rackmount LCD

The TFX1-19 is a rugged military grade high performance 2U rackmount LCD panel display offering t...

CCXR-17 Slideways Side Access Rackmount LCD Keyboard

The CCXR-17 is a unique Side Access space-efficient military-grade high-performance 1U rackmount ...

Sensors Unlimited GA1280JSX High Resolution, Mil-Rugged, Extended High Sensitivity InGaAs SWIR Camera

Manufactures a high resolution, mil-rugged, extended high-sensitivity 0.9 Mpixel InGaAs SWIR came...

High Temperature Resistant Linear Position Sensors Perform in Military and Defense Applications with High Accuracy

Macro Sensors has designed a series of high temperature and rugged LVDT linear position sensors t...

Related Companies

Innovative Integration

  Since 1988, Innovative Integration has grown to become one of the world's leading suppliers of DSP and data ac...

Elma Electronic Inc

Who we are...   About Elma Electronic Systems   The Systems division of Elma Electronic Inc. supplies the

Winchester Systems Inc

At its founding in 1981, Winchester Systems introduced its first 5 MB disk system for Intel development system users....

Extreme Engineering Solutions Inc (X-ES)

 Extreme Engineering Solutions, Inc. (X-ES) is a leader in the design, manufacture, and support of standard and ...

American Infrared Solutions (AIRS)

American Infrared Solutions

Raycom Electronics

Raycom Electronics, Inc., a subsidiary of Electro Technik Industries (ETI), was incorporated in 1965.  The compa...

GE Intelligent Platforms

GE Intelligent Platforms is a leading global provider of embedded computing systems and modules for a wide range of a...

Trenton Systems Inc

Designs and manufactures rugged rackmount computers and MIL-STD-810 systems using both standard COTS as well as custo...

Intersil Corp

Intersil is leveraging a deep portfolio of intellectual property, a history of design and process innovation and a sy...
Wire News provided by   

Press Releases

Low Viscosity, One Part Cyanoacrylate Is Non-Toxic and Meets ISO 10993-5 Specifications

Master Bond MB250NT is widely used for a variety of applications ranging from repair to high speed producti...

Thermally Conductive, Two Component Epoxy Passes USP Class VI Tests and ISO 10993-5 Specifications

With biocompatibility and cytotoxicity certifications, Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med is often selected for bond...

One Component, Snap Cure Epoxy Features High Strength Properties

Suitable for a variety of applications in the electronic, aerospace and OEM industries, Master Bond EP3SP5F...

One Part Epoxy Resists up to 500°F and Meets NASA Low Outgassing Specifications

Master Bond Supreme 12AOHT-LO is a one component epoxy for a variety of bonding and sealing applications in...

VICTORY Shared Processing, Fire Control Computer, and Switch for Ground Vehicles Introduced by Curtiss-Wright

Curtiss-Wright Corporation today announced that its Defense Solutions division has introduced a new fully i...

CURTISS-WRIGHT CONGRATULATES NORTHROP GRUMMAN ON SUCCESSFUL FIRST FLIGHT OF SECOND MQ-4C TRITON UAS

Curtiss-Wright Corporation’s Defense Solutions division applauds Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) o...

Curtiss-Wright’s New Rugged Mobile IP Router Subsystem Features an Integrated Cisco® 5915 ESR Router

Curtiss-Wright Corporation today announced that its Defense Solutions division, a Cisco® Systems Solution T...

GE Announces First Sub-Credit Card-Sized Multi-Function High Definition (HD) Video Tracker

HUNTSVILLE, AL.— OCTOBER 13, 2014—GE’s Intelligent Platforms business today announced at AUSA (October 13-...

Webcasts

Meeting the Gen3 backplane challenge with OpenVPX and COTS

Tight Pentagon budgets mean military systems must stay in the field for longer than ever before. This doesn't mean obsolete technology, however. Today's military electronics are being upgraded constantly, an...
Sponsored by:

Design Strategy Considerations for DO-178C Certified Multi-core Systems

Join Wind River to learn how system architecture and design choices can minimize your DO-178C certification challenges.

Sponsored by:

Flying, Sailing or Driving - The Rugged, Embedded Intel-based Server that goes where you need it!Flying Sailing or Driving

Leveraging the power of server-class processors is no longer relegated to the confines of data centers. Through several innovations, Mercury Systems has ruggedized Intel’s server-class chips for deployment. ...
Sponsored by:

All Access Sponsors


Mil & Aero Magazine

April 2015
Volume 26, Issue 4
file

Download Our Apps



iPhone

iPad

Android

Follow Us On...



Newsletters

Military & Aerospace Electronics

Weekly newsletter covering technical content, breaking news and product information
SUBSCRIBE

Cyber Security

Monthly newsletter covering cyber warfare, cyber security, information warfare, and information security technologies, products, contracts, and procurement opportunities
SUBSCRIBE

Defense Executive

Monthly newsletter covering business news and strategic insights for executive managers
SUBSCRIBE

Electronic Warfare

Quarterly newsletter covering technologies and applications in electronic warfare, cyber warfare, optical warfare, and spectrum warfare.
SUBSCRIBE

Embedded Computing Report

Monthly newsletter covering news on embedded computing in aerospace, defense and industrial-rugged applications
SUBSCRIBE

Unmanned Vehicles

Monthly newsletter covering news updates for designers of unmanned vehicles
SUBSCRIBE