Polaris 2019 – the Arctic Coast Guard Forum’s second Live Exercise


The Forum’s first ever Live Exercise, the Arctic Guardian, was successfully held in Reykjavik in September 2017. Now the Forum is preparing for its second joint exercise, which will take place in Finland in the first week of April 2019. The exercise, Polaris 2019, will build on the lessons learned from the Arctic Guardian, but the scenario of the exercise is planned to be taken a step further, as Polaris 2019 will focus on Mass Rescue Operations (MRO) connected to maritime incidents.


The landscapes of the second ACGF Live Exercise organized in the Gulf of Bothnia in April 2019 will be very different from those of ACGF's first Live Exercise, the Arctic Guardian. Picture: Patrick Kelly, USCG

At this stage several Arctic Coast Guard Forum Members are looking to participate in Polaris 2019 with their own assets. The exercise will also gather observers from all eight Arctic states Coast Guards.

Organizing a large-scale international Coast Guard exercise such as Polaris 2019 requires extensive planning. Therefore the planning of Polaris 2019 already started in January 2018 in Helsinki, and it continued in March 2018 in Oulu during the ACGF Experts meeting. The next planning event will be held in October 2018, when the ACGF Experts gather in Helsinki for the Mid Planning Conference of Polaris 2019.

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