Local, state, federal agencies participate in Coastal Trident exercise

The Port of Hueneme, Calif., along with local, state and federal emergency response agencies, participated from June 16-19 in the Coastal Trident Regional Maritime Security and Response Exercise along the Southern California coast.

The exercise, which involved more than 90 agencies, included air, sea and land exercises designed to test response plans, systems and command and control procedures.

Officials also participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday to celebrate approximately $12 million state funds and Federal Emergency Management Administration grants to improve security technologies at the Port of Hueneme.

Lawmakers and other officials attended the ceremony.

"In Ventura County, we understand the critical importance of port security to protecting our homeland from threats," Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Calif.) said. "Last year, the House Appropriations Committee did not set aside any funds for the port security grant program, so I offered an amendment to the Homeland Security Appropriations bill to ensure the program would receive funding. My amendment was accepted with broad bipartisan support."

Priority projects include surveillance technologies and infrastructure upgrades at the port, a helicopter imager for the Ventura County Sheriff's Department and risk management plans for the Oxnard and Ventura County fire departments.

The Port of Hueneme moves $8 billion in goods every year and provides approximately 10,000 trade-related jobs.