Videoray - News - September 28,
VideoRay Presented to Delegation
Headed by General Ed Eberhart of NORAD/US NORTHCOM
St. Louis County UnderSheriff
Dave Phillips gives a brief on the Department’s
VideoRay ROV to a distinguished delegation including
General Ed Eberhart of NORAD/US NORTHCOM.
Photo courtesy USCG.
St. Louis County Sheriff’s
Office Shows VideoRay as Part of “A Success
Story for How Homeland Security Funds Have Been
Spent on Essential, Dual Use Equipment”
Duluth, MN, September 28, 2004 --
During a tour at Coast Guard Station Duluth, the
VideoRay underwater robot was presented to a high
profile delegation including General Ed Eberhart,
Commander of North American Aerospace Defense
Command and U.S. Northern Command , several retired
and active generals, and other dignitaries. Marine
Safety Office Duluth and Station Duluth hosted
the General and his group during a Civic Leader
Tour of Duluth, MN, on September 10, 2004.
“I presented the VideoRay as an example
of a success story for how Homeland Security funds
have been spent on essential, dual use equipment,”
says St. Louis County Undersheriff David Phillips,
who briefed the delegation on the ROV and gave
a hands-on demonstration in the water. The VideoRay
was purchased through a state homeland security
grant specifically earmarked for volunteer rescue
or ambulance agencies and has since been used
for successful body recoveries and underwater
investigations. Phillips says, “The VideoRay
is a tool with homeland security implications
that is affordable for a local agency to use dually:
for drowning and underwater crime scene work as
well as homeland security.”
The delegation also received a tour of the Duluth/Superior
Harbor on Station Duluth’s 44-foot motorized
lifeboat and a demonstration of homeland security
equipment by the 55 th Civilian Support Team,
a Minnesota National Guard unit.
Members of the delegation
get a hands on demonstration of the St. Louis
County Sheriff Department's VideoRay ROV.
Photo courtesy USCG.
In a recent article by Merrie Schilter Lowe,
NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs, entitled
“Lack Of Maritime Security Leaves U.S. Ports
Open To Attack,” Eberhart stated that the
US has made progress “in terms of securing
our seas and ports” since September 11,
2001. He referenced the use of law enforcement
to check cargo ships "before they even depart
the port of origin," and the increased level of
"collaboration and cooperation" between the Joint
Harbor Operations Centers in San Diego, Calif.,
and Norfolk, Va., which Eberhart stated now serve
as a "prototype" for other port officials.
As commander of NORAD, Eberhart’s responsibility
includes protecting the US against internal or
external threats to the nation. As Commander
of USNORTHCOM, Eberhart oversees homeland defense
and coordinates military assistance to civilian
authorities during a presidential declared emergency
For comments, contact: David Phillips, Undersheriff
St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, Duluth , MN
, PH: 218-726-2339, e-mail: email@example.com.
LCDR Mark Ledbetter , Executive Officer Marine
Safety Office Duluth, MN , ph: (218) 720-5286
ext 132 ; Fax (218) 720-5258 ; e-mail MLedbetter@msoduluth.uscg.mil
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