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Coast Guard will conduct exercise on Hood Canal Oct. 29
SEATTLE — The Coast Guard Maritime Force Protection Unit, based in Bangor, is scheduled to conduct an exercise on the Hood Canal on Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The exercise includes boat tactics, security zone enforcement, weapons capabilities and is designed to ensure quality training for Coast Guard personnel.
During the exercise, Coast Guard personnel will be using blank rounds and LA-51 warning munitions for live-fire training.
All necessary precautions will be taken to ensure discarded casings are collected for appropriate disposal, the Coast Guard reports, and designated spotters will monitor marine mammal activity. If any marine mammals are spotted in the vicinity, all exercise activity will cease until all wildlife depart the training area.
There will be a 100-yard safety zone in place around each participating vessel. Purposefully violating the safety zone in effect during the exercise is a crime. A broadcast notice to mariners will be transmitted on VHF-FM channels 16, 13 and 22 before, during and at the completion of the exercise.