Budget reductions cause Coast Guard to cancel asset participation in Portland Rose Festival and Seattle Seafair

Pacific Northwest Coast Guard News
SEATTLE — The Coast Guard announced the cancellation of cutter and air asset participation during the 2013 Portland Rose Festival’s and Seattle Seafair’s Fleet Week celebrations, Thursday.

Recent fiscal reductions, due to the Budget Control Act of 2011, have resulted in reduced Coast Guard participation in community outreach programs in 2013.

In this photo released by the Coast Guard, The Coast Guard Cutters Bluebell, homeported in Portland, Ore., and Henry Blake, homeported in Everett, Wash., are moored up at the 2009 Portland Rose Festival, June 5, 2009. Four Coast Guard Cutters including the buoy tenders Fir, Henry Blake and Bluebell and the 87-foot Tern made the trip to the festival. (Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer Shawn Eggert)

Rose Festival file photo  by Petty Officer Shawn Eggert

“We are reducing our participation in various community events to focus our funding on highest priority missions.” said Rear Adm. Keith A. Taylor, commander of the 13th Coast Guard District. “We will continue to maintain our valuable relationships with the Pacific Northwest communities and will remain ‘Always Ready’ to answer the call.”

Cancelling cutter and air asset visits is one of many steps the Coast Guard is taking to preserve the Coast Guard’s ability to meet the highest-priority mission activities, including search and rescue, critical security operations, and emergency response.

The Coast Guard will continue to provide safety zones and maritime enforcement during both events.

The Coast Guard believes there is value in demonstrating the capabilities of our assets, and will assess participation in future events on a case-by-case basis as the Coast Guard’s budget permits.

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