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IRIDIUM CERTUS TERMINAL able and provided over weekends, holidays and after work
One of the biggest challenges for polar operations is effec- hours. This well-received, detailed, exceptional support tive communication. The Iridium Certus Terminal was used greatly assisted in our operational planning and was critical in this evaluation to provide a communication method every to mission success,” Crane said.
day, allowing for the easy transmission of multimedia mes- Campbell’s crew also contributed to joint search and rescue sages and even the establishment of phone communications exercises with the French and Royal Danish navies, facilitated within the contiguous United States for the crew. “We tested key diplomatic engagements, and supported National Oceanic this frequently throughout the patrol to analyze and docu- Atmospheric Administration and International Ice Patrol ice- ment the operational suitability. Integrated into the ship- berg research during the 11,500-mile deployment. Campbell board telephone system, it provided clear communications became the ? rst 270-foot medium endurance cutter to earn the for command and crew to make operational and emergency Arctic Service Medal.
calls. It also proved to be highly effective as a back-up in- “This effort strengthens international partnerships and pro- ternet option when our high latitude operations challenged vides a foundation for standard operations in the rapidly de- other technology,” Crane said. veloping Arctic maritime environment,” said Vice Adm. Ste-
Final results from these ? ve technology evaluations are due ven Poulin, commander U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area. “As at the end of the year. interest and maritime traf? c in the area increase, the impor-
Campbell also deployed 13 scienti? c research buoys rang- tance of the U.S. Coast Guard’s interoperability with allied ing from the eastern shore of Nova Scotia to the Davis Strait. partners becomes more critical to ensuring we protect national
Daily images of icebergs were provided to the International and shared security interests. Exercising our unique blend of
Ice Patrol to validate and improve satellite reconnaissance. polar operational capability, regulatory authority, and interna-
This effort allowed for real-time tracking and iceberg avoid- tional leadership across the full spectrum of maritime gover- ance. “Varied scales of the operation area were readily avail- nance is vital to the future of the Arctic.”
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