USCG, Mexican Navy Participate in Joint SAREX

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Rear Adm. Karl Schultz, commander of the 11th Coast Guard District, visits the Mexican Navy Second Naval Region’s K-9 unit where handlers demonstrated how the dogs carry out contraband detection Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, in Ensenada, Mexico. The trip was in part of a joint two-day search and rescue exercise with members of the Mexican Navy. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Coast Guard members of the 11th Coast Guard District participated in a joint two-day search and rescue exercise, SAREX, with members of the Mexican navy's Search and Rescue Station in Ensenada, Mexico Wednesday and Thursday.

The visit included a flag officer professional exchange, presentations highlighting each country's search and rescue capabilities, and a multiple-scenario tabletop exercise requiring joint coordination and response.

"The overall objective of the United States and Mexico Search and Rescue Exercise is to exercise the interoperability of the U.S. Coast Guard and Mexican navy," said Capt. Arthur Snyder, the 11th Coast Guard District Chief of Incident Management.

The exercise aligns with the U.S. and Mexico Search and Rescue Treaty. This longstanding bilateral agreement, originally drafted in 1935 and revised in 1989, is called the Assistance to and Salvage of Vessels in Territorial Waters. This serves as the fundamental policy doctrine for SAR coordination between the U.S. and Mexico. It emphasizes continual joint training in order to maintain operational proficiency and international cooperation. The 11th Coast Guard District, Mexican navy and Search and Rescue Station Ensenada strive to conduct the U.S. and Mexico SAREX annually, with the host country typically alternating each year.

"This joint international tabletop exercise is a strong example of the ongoing positive and cooperative engagements taking place between the U.S. Coast Guard and the Mexican navy to enhance maritime safety," said Rear Adm. Karl Schultz, commander of the 11th Coast Guard District. "Through the sharing of maritime search and rescue best practices, this SAREX offered an excellent opportunity to further strengthen the professional, cultural, and social bonds between the 11th Coast Guard District and the Mexican navy's Second Naval Region."

The SAREX included a six-scenario tabletop exercise, during which Coast Guard and Mexican navy representatives presented three scenarios each, then worked together to find the best course of action to solve the hypothetical situations. Through discussions, both sides were able to identify strengths and gaps in their current procedures, while finding ways to streamline and improve SAR response coordination.

"This SAREX was very educational for all of us," said Cmdr. Jose Baños Vazquez, commanding officer of Search and Rescue Station Ensenada.  "Through it, we reinforced the proper procedures being used with the 11th District. I'm sure exercises such as this will help the international search and rescue community become stronger and more efficiently conduct maritime rescues for the good of both countries and we appreciated the professional exchange and look forward to our continued improvement in search and rescue operations."

The event also afforded members of the 11th Coast Guard District an opportunity to tour the Second Naval Region Base in Ensenada, as well as the Naval Vessel Monasterio, a ship that routinely conducts fisheries and law enforcement patrols in Mexico's waters. The Second Naval Region also organized an area familiarization trip aboard one of their high-speed Interceptor Response Boats, as well as a K-9 unit exhibition where handlers demonstrated how the dogs carry out contraband detection and train to maintain a high level of fitness and proficiency.

"I was thoroughly impressed with the professionalism and readiness of Ensenada's search and rescue officers and crew," said Snyder. "They are a highly capable, well-trained unit that clearly takes great pride in the service they provide to the maritime public."

Lunch and dinner events between participants enabled both parties to continue reinforcing international ties at the flag, senior staff and watchstander levels. The event allowed members to meet and discuss recent search and rescue cases, law enforcement operations and shared ideas on how to further strengthen the partnership and collaboration between their agencies.

"This was a very successful and productive engagement," said Schultz. "All participants demonstrated a high level of dedication and professionalism throughout the exercise, and are already eager to start the planning process for next year's event."

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  • Members of the 11th Coast Guard District take a tour of the Naval Vessel Monasterio, a Mexican Naval ship, in Ensenada, Mexico, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. The trip was in part of a joint two-day search and rescue exercise with members of the Mexican Navy. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

    Members of the 11th Coast Guard District take a tour of the Naval Vessel Monasterio, a Mexican Naval ship, in Ensenada, Mexico, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. The trip was in part of a joint two-day search and rescue exercise with members of the Mexican Navy. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

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