Rescue 21 is 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. The system was accepted at Sector Buffalo Aug. 22, 2012.
Rescue 21 enables the Coast Guard to execute its search and rescue missions with greater agility and efficiency.
Improved information sharing and coordination with the Department of Homeland Security and federal, state and local first responders
Geographic display to assist in identifying hoax callers, conserving valuable response resources
Digital Selective Calling (DSC) support, which allows mariners in distress with DSC-equipped radios to transmit, at the push of a button, their exact GPS position and vital vessel information to the Coast Guard and other DSC-equipped vessels
Improved clarity, recording and playback capabilities for all communications
Simultaneous monitoring and relaying of information over multiple radio frequencies
Portable tower communications equipment for use during emergencies and natural disasters
Automated transmission of urgent marine information broadcasts