Representatives from 23 federal agencies, including NNSA, recently observed emergency response drills in Washington State’s Puget Sound. The full-scale exercise was designed to prevent and respond to a simulated small vessel radiological/nuclear smuggling scenario. It was part of the Puget Sound Area Maritime Training and Exercise Program led by the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound.
The full-scale exercise comprised two scenarios: a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device on a Washington State ferry and radiological/nuclear smuggling on a small vessel. Dick Pappas of NNSA’s Office of Second Line of Defense observed the drills and full-scale exercise. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory provided technical support for the specialized detection equipment, training, drills, and exercise.
The Small Vessel Preventative Radiological/Nuclear Detection effort began as a Department of Homeland Security Domestic Nuclear Detection Office pilot in 2007. The continued initiative is now funded via port security grants with the Seattle Fire Department as the regional grantee.
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(left) Dick Pappas (left) observes a joint U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection boarding team during drills in Sequim Bay, Wash.
(right) Law enforcement members detain a “threat vessel” during a port security simulation exercise.