United States Coast Guard is moving six personnel from both Kodiak and Valdez
to Anchorage to monitor emergency communications. Ensign Allie Ferko
is a spokeswoman with Sector Command in Anchorage.
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unit to Anchorage.")
points out the six positions leaving Kodiak are not part of Communications
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listening in Anchorage.")
said Com-Sta (com-stay) operates U-H-F, or Ultra-High Frequency communications,
while the staff that is moving deals in V-H-F, or Very-High Frequency.
(fur-co) said having the radio personnel in Anchorage with search and rescue coordinators
will streamline the response to emergencies:
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unified command center.")
move is the first step in a process that will bring all marine communications
under one location.
Chief Petty Officer Jimmy Belcher, the Sector Anchorage Command Center
Supervisor said that mariners will not lose any communications at all with the
Coast Guard under the reorganization.
personnel that will move from Kodiak and Valdez to Anchorage will do so in
Position Indicating Radio Beacons will not be affected by the consolidation.
All EPIRB signals will continue to be heard by the Coast Guard Rescue
Coordination Center in Juneau.