Military Capabilities

Arctic Coast Guard Forum to hold search-and-rescue exercises

13 April 2017

Key Points

  • The multi-nation forum will hold search-and-rescue exercises near Iceland in September 2017
  • Russia will host an information exchange system similar to the one used by the North Pacific Coast Guard Forum

The recently formed Arctic Coast Guard Forum will hold a multi-lateral search-and-rescue (SAR) exercise in September 2017, Admiral Paul Zukunft, commandant of the US Coast Guard (USCG) told reporters on 12 April 2017 at a Defense Writers Group breakfast in Washington, DC.

The Arctic Coast Guard Forum was formed on 30 October 2015 at the USCG Academy in New London, Connecticut, by the five Arctic littoral nation states (Canada, Denmark, Norway, the Russian Federation, and the United States) and three nation states with Arctic territorial claims (Finland, Iceland, and Sweden), which together comprise the eight member states of the Arctic Council as established by the Ottawa Declaration in September 1996.

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