General Dynamics announced Tuesday it has turned control of its Rescue 21 Search and Rescue Communications System in Sector San Juan over to the U.S. Coast Guard.
The Falls Church, Va.-based firm said Sector San Juan, located in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, is the command center for all Coast Guard missions in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands region.
The Sector San Juan Rescue 21 setup is composed of five communication towers, one station and one command and control center.
It is the 32nd operational Rescue 21 sector and adds 1000 miles into the Rescue 21 system’s nationwide coverage. Currently, there are 245 operational towers within the national Rescue 21 system which oversees 41,700 miles of U.S. coastline.
Rescue 21 system utilizes state-of-the-art direction-finding technologies and digital communications to track distress signals.
It also equips U.S. Coast Guard personnel effective response measures towards security and maritime threats.
Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems said the system is an exemplary program that uses broadband technologies to enhancing maritime situational awareness, communication and collaboration.
Rescue 21 is interoperable with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and emergency first responders’ communication systems.
Its towers and command centers are also capable of accommodating supplementary sensors and command and control equipment- an economical solution to realize the U.S. Coast Guard’s mission.