DefenseMediaNetwork has a story about how Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS) training is being done at a NATO facility in Souda Bay, Greece, on the Island of Crete. The only reference to the US Coast Guard is identification of an individual in one of the photos as a USCG officer, but I suspect the Coast Guard was involved in developing the course.
Perhaps the most interesting revelation to me was that they have a vessel dedicated to the training.
“…the 2,500-ton ex-HS Aris (A 74), formerly the Hellenic Naval Academy cadet training ship, serves as a realistic platform for live training for a variety of boarding scenarios. The ship is equipped with smoke, flashing strobes, booby traps, noise to create confusion, and role players to be rescued, detained or captured. Trainees use weapons that fire small paint pellet rounds. During the course of training, the difficulty and complexity of the scenarios can be increased. There are numerous cameras to monitor progress of training evolutions, ensure safety, and provide video for debriefing. When the teams leave they take with them a DVD with the video of their training. Aris will soon be joined by a decommissioned mine countermeasures ship, the ex-HS Alkyon (M211), which is at NMIOTC now and being modified for live training.”
This sounds like a good idea that the Coast Guard might want to consider.
(Thanks to Lee for bringing this to my attention.)