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Lessons Learned from the deployment of Florida RDSTF Waterborne Response Teams in support of the U.S. Coast Guard in the protection of U.S. Navy assets.

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Operation Sturgeon

  1. 1. OPERATION STURGEON Lessons Learned from the deployment of Florida RDSTF Waterborne Response Teams in support of the US Coast Guard in the protection of US Navy assets Prepared and presented by: Mark R. DuPont, FWC Chief Intelligence and Domestic Security Officer
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>The Request </li></ul><ul><li>The Opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>The Plan </li></ul><ul><li>The Execution </li></ul><ul><li>The Takeaways </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Request <ul><li>What: Protect a High Value Asset </li></ul><ul><li>Escort In and Out of Mayport </li></ul><ul><li>When: Due it for 11 weeks, July thru September </li></ul><ul><li>Daily, Monday thru Friday, 2+ Missions per day </li></ul><ul><li>Why: Coast Guard only has the resources to due 40% </li></ul><ul><li>“ Can you (FWC) do it?” </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Opportunity <ul><li>Not just a mission, this is an opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>Not an FWC mission… an RDSTF Mission </li></ul><ul><li>An opportunity to display the Florida’s Spirit of Cooperation </li></ul><ul><li>An opportunity to exercise RDSTF Waterborne Response Teams (WRTs), because its never been done </li></ul><ul><li>An opportunity to perform this escort mission with multi-agency federal, state, and local cooperation, because its never been done </li></ul><ul><li>An opportunity to set a national standard. Carpe Diem! </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Plan: Test, Train, Exercise <ul><li>Integrate our test and exercise operation (Sturgeon) into the CG escort mission (Operation Cuddlefish) </li></ul><ul><li>Open the opportunity to our partners with the “Plug and Play” model </li></ul><ul><li>Test our ability to deploy forces from great distance </li></ul><ul><li>Test our ability to interact with other agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Test and exercise our interoperability communications tools </li></ul><ul><li>Test and exercise our administration, planning, logistics and our incident command management abilities </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Response <ul><li>WRTs from throughout the state answered the call within 48 hours from as far away as Lee County and Miami </li></ul><ul><li>FDOT, CST, DNDO, DOH, all agreed to use this opportunity to exercise our protocols and capabilities in our Rad/Nuc Prevention and Detection enterprise </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Execution <ul><li>Teams from Bay, Okaloosa, Duval, Nassau, Lee, Miami-Dade, conducted one week of planning, familiarization and training, for all WRT team leaders, 2 weeks prior to the event </li></ul><ul><li>Deployed our Command Trailer, an operational coordinator, our communications technicians, and logistics and administrative support… Each and Every Week of the Op . </li></ul><ul><li>Dedicated one of the operational weeks to our Rad/Nuc Detection and Prevention Enterprise </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Rad/Nuc Execution <ul><li>Trained/Prepared for what is most likely </li></ul><ul><li>2 Different Scenarios: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Officer on patrol, conducting boarding of large private yacht. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>When in alarm hits, what actions do you take (Subject Interview, Notification, Dispatch Notification) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>When Secondary Screening is required, what actions do you take (Who gets notified, what resources are requested, and from where) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Working from intel during an event, find the target. Combine landside and maritime units. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Develop an operational strategy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Establish Teams </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Establish Incident Command </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Establish Comms with multiple units/agencies </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. What we learned and accomplished <ul><li>Florida knows how to work together </li></ul><ul><li>Our maritime Rad/Nuc Detection and Prevention plan is ready to move forward with equipment acquisition </li></ul><ul><li>Our WRTs are a force multiplier for the Coast Guard, and an AT-FP resource for the Navy </li></ul><ul><li>We have established a model for the nation </li></ul>
  10. 10. Communication Takeaways <ul><li>Tested and proved our ability to talk to each other: Air to surface, State to Local, DOD to State </li></ul><ul><li>Improved our CST’s communication capabilities </li></ul><ul><li>FIN had never been exercised in this manner, and we discovered secure comms issues, and made recommendations to fix them </li></ul><ul><li>Need to improve DOD air to surface communications </li></ul>
  11. 11. Operational Takeaways <ul><li>Although 2 boat escorts are the minimum, more is better </li></ul><ul><li>Helicopters are even “more” better </li></ul><ul><li>Tactical Interoperability is critical </li></ul><ul><li>Communications are critical </li></ul><ul><li>Intelligence has a purpose </li></ul><ul><ul><li>US Water Patrol </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subject under a bridge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People operating around Blount Island </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ I have never felt safer in any port, before this. Job well done.” Commanding Officer, USS Scranton </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Rad/Nuc Takeaways <ul><li>We have finalized our Rad/Nuc Detection equipment list </li></ul><ul><li>We perfected our maritime protocol </li></ul><ul><li>We maximized and leveraged our partner expertise </li></ul>
  13. 13. The Future