It may be the best name ever, but it also serves a critical need. Secretary Napolitano talks a lot about how important our state and local partnerships are to keeping our borders and ports safe. Project SeaHawk exemplifies this idea.
Based in Charleston, South Carolina, Project SeaHawk brings state and local authorities together with federal resources and personnel to enhance our maritime security and response abilities, making our ports safer. The Secretary, joined by U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, announced on Monday that responsibility for the pilot program would be transferred from the Department of Justice to DHS on October 1st, 2009.
“Project SeaHawk is an innovative security program designed to increase our maritime security capabilities,” said Secretary Napolitano. “By working with our state, local, and Federal partners we will improve overall situational awareness, increase information sharing and continue to collaborate to find more effective and efficient ways to protect our ports.”
Responsibility was transferred to DHS as part of the SAFE Port Act of 2006.