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03/19/04

Coast Guard WMD Training

The United States Coast Guard was very busy over Savannah this morning. Air Station Savannah was taking part in a joint training exercise with a special weapons of mass destruction team. This is the first time this has ever been done in the US.

Coast Guard helicopters fly Sea Marshals out to inspect suspicious ships while they're still at sea. If a possible weapon of mass destruction is found, the WMD Civil Support team from Dobbins Air Force Base is flown out to test a sample.

With the number of ships traveling in and out of the port of Savannah each day, this training is vital.

"We don't know exactly what's on these vessels and with the heightened threat level, it's very important for us to keep abreast on what's coming in and out of the ports because they could have a possible weapon of mass destruction on there," LTJG Matthew Sanford said.

Reported by: Liz Flynn, lflynn@wtoc.com

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