As part of the ongoing deployment of Rescue 21 capabilities in Alaska, the U.S. Coast Guard awarded a contract July 3, 2013, to General Dynamics C4 Systems (GDC4S) worth $2.6 million for acquisition and installation of Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment.
DSC is a key component of the Coast Guard’s efforts to enhance search and rescue communications in Alaska through the Rescue 21 system. DSC uses digital data rather than voice transmission to increase the efficiency of maritime communications, the accuracy of data transmitted, and the ability to direct that information to specific units.
Under the contract, GDC4S will be responsible for engineering, installing, and testing of DSC systems and providing and installing DSC radio transceivers at 11 remote sites. The contract also includes options for follow-on technical support, which raises the contract’s total potential value to $3.2 million.
Rescue 21, the Coast Guard’s advanced command, control and communications system, was created to better locate mariners in distress and save lives and property at sea and on navigable rivers. By harnessing state-of-the-market technology, Rescue 21 enables the Coast Guard to execute its search and rescue missions with greater agility and efficiency.
Rescue 21 is currently operational along the entire Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coasts of the continental United States as well as along the shores of the Great Lakes, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Northern Marianas Islands, covering approximately 41,871 miles of coastline and has aided in over 50 thousand search and rescue cases nationwide.For more information: Rescue 21 project page