USCG National Strike Force (NSF)

Mission: Provide rapidly deployable technical experts, specialized equipment, and incident management capabilities for Lead Agency Incident Commanders and Federal On-Scene Coordinators for their response and preparedness missions.

National Strike Force Coordination Center: Supports the Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific Strike Teams, USCG Incident Management Assist Team, and Public Information Assist Team, and oversees the maintenance of the Response Resources Inventory (RRI), and Oil Spill Removal Organizations (OSRO) Classification Program.

Atlantic Strike Team, Pacific Strike Team, and Gulf Strike Team: Specialized cadre of Coast Guard professionals who rapidly deploy to support USCG and EPA Federal On-Scene Coordinators

  • The USCG National Strike Force is comprised of the National Strike Force Coordination Center (NSFCC), the Incident Management Assist Team (IMAT), the Public Information Assist Team (PIAT), and the 3 Strike Teams.
  • The NSFCC supports the Federal On-Scene Coordinator through technical assistance, coordination, and plans & exercise review. The Coordination Center oversees the 3 Strike Teams, the IMAT, and the PIAT; and maintains a national inventory of oil spill response resources.
  • The NSTs are made up of highly-trained USCG professionals who rapidly deploy to incidents. They supply a range of specialized equipment including oil spill response & lightering/pumping equipment, Chem/Bio/Rad (CBR) & monitoring/detecting equipment, and general response/damage control equipment, as well as land vehicles, boats, & mobile command posts. The NSTs use their acute incident management skills to assist and support Lead Agency/Incident Commanders and Federal On-Scene Coordinators for both crisis and consequence management. Each strike team typically has between 20 and 30 deployable members at any one time. (Source:
  • National Strike Force resources are available to both USCG and EPA Federal On-Scene Coordinators.
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