Maritime Enforcement Agencies Get Training near USS Lexington

If you were out by the USS Lexington on Tuesday and saw boats racing around in the water, you might have seen part of the training that protects our port.

It was one of the many exercises that Port of Corpus Christi officers and the Texas Game Warden are participating in this week. They are learning new scenarios and how to protect or port.

It is all part of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, or the NASBLA. In their training this week, they are trying to protect the sea ports from any terrorist activity or natural disaster.

On Tuesday, they set up security zones around the USS Lexington. Officers had to prevent any outside target from getting through to the Lexington.

NASBLA's goal is to train all local maritime enforcement agencies across the U.S. by the same rules.

"If we all come together in a nationwide crisis, we could all work together because we know each other's tactics, and we know what we are suppose to do in protecting a high-value asset," NASBLA Instructor Jack Martin said.

Officers usually spend half a day training in the classroom and another half day practicing what they learn.

This is the second time that this training has been done here in Corpus Christi. So far, about 2,000 officers all across the U.S. have received this training.


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