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Congressman John Garamendi Holds Coast Guard Subcommittee Hearing on “Blue Technology” to Improve Maritime Efficiency and Mission Performance and Boost the U.S. Maritime Economy

May 11, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – This week, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City, CA), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, held a hearing alongside Subcommittee Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) on “Blue Technology” that could improve efficiency and mission performance for both the Coast Guard and other maritime stakeholders.


“This hearing was long overdue,” said Garamendi. “These emerging maritime technologies, which are already spurring substantial growth in the global ocean economy, have the potential to transform maritime infrastructure, information systems, and environmental stewardship for the Coast Guard and other maritime industries. Our allies and adversaries alike have been turning their attention to innovations in maritime technologies, and it is vital for the Coast Guard to fully understand the capabilities and complexities of these emerging systems.


“The Coast Guard has a vital role as the nation’s only multi-mission, military maritime law enforcement agency. Our Subcommittee will use what we learned today to ensure that the Coast Guard receives the support and directives it needs to take advantage of emerging Blue Technologies to accomplish its missions with maximum efficiency, safety, and environmental care.”

A video of Mr. Garamendi’s opening remarks is available here. Testifying at the hearing were:


  • Rear Admiral Michael J. Haycock

Assistant Commandant for Acquisition and Chief Acquisition Officer

United States Coast Guard


  • Mr. Eric J. Terrill, Ph.D.

Coastal Observing Research and Development Center

Scripps Institution of Oceanography


  • Mr. Michael B. Jones


The Maritime Alliance


  • Mr. Chris Coyle


International Ocean Science and Technology Industry Association


  • Mr. Thomas S. Chance

Chief Executive Officer

Autonomous Surface Vehicles, LLC


  • Ms. Tuba Ozkan-Haller, Ph.D.

College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

Oregon State University


  • Rear Admiral Jonathan W. White, USN, Ret.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Consortium for Ocean Leadership