Arctic Coast Guard Forum

Arctic Guardian - The Arctic Coast Guard Forum's first live exercise

On September 4 to 8, 2017, the Canadian Coast Guard will attend the Arctic Coast Guard Forum’s first search and rescue exercise, the Arctic Guardian. This exercise, aboard the CCGS Pierre Radisson, will be testing cooperation between member states of the Arctic Council during an emergency response in Reykjavik, Iceland. This exercise provides an opportunity for the Canadian Coast Guard to demonstrate its world-leading abilities in search and rescue operations in partnership with the other seven countries participating.

Arctic Coast Guard Forum Meetings

The last Arctic Coast Guard Forum (ACGF) meeting took place from March 20 to 24, 2017, in Boston, Massachusetts.

The next experts meeting of the ACGF (working level) will be held in Turku, Finland, from November 6 to 10, 2017.

The next meeting of the ACGF will be held in Oulu, Finland, in March 2018.

Arctic Coast Guard Forum - What is it?

The Arctic Coast Guard Forum is an annual meeting established in 2015 by the five Arctic littoral nation states (Canada, Denmark, Norway, the Russian Federation, and the United States) and three nation states with Arctic territorial claims (Finland, Iceland, and Sweden), which together comprise the eight member states of the Arctic Council. The objective of this forum is to strengthen multilateral cooperation and coordination of Coast Guard activities between the eight member states within the Arctic maritime domain. The member states meet to leverage collective resources to help support and develop safe, secure and environmentally responsible maritime activities in the Arctic. This year’s forum will see the first exercise testing cooperation between member states’ search and rescue units during an emergency response. The Arctic Guardian 2017 exercise will be held in Reykjavik, Iceland.

CCGS Pierre Radisson during the first search and rescue exercie Arctic Guardian
CCGS Pierre Radisson during the first search and rescue exercie Arctic Guardian
CCGS Pierre Radisson during the first search and rescue exercise Arctic Guardian
CCGS Pierre Radisson during the first search and rescue exercise Arctic Guardian
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