Coast Guard attends 39th annual Silver Bell Awards Dinner

Vice Adm. Charles D. Michel, Vice Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, stands with members of the Hellenic Coast Guard, Italian Coast Guard and Italian Navy at the Silver Bell Awards Dinner June 9, 2016 in New York City. This was the 39th Annual Awards Dinner honoring mariners from around the globe for their efforts at sea. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Steve Strohmaier)

Vice Adm. Charles D. Michel, Vice Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, stands with members of the Hellenic Coast Guard, Italian Coast Guard and Italian Navy at the Silver Bell Awards Dinner June 9, 2016 in New York City. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Steve Strohmaier)

NEW YORK — U.S. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Charles D. Michel, Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard, attended the 39th annual Silver Bell Awards Dinner in New York, Thursday.

Vice Adm. Michel presented the Seamen’s Church Institute Lifesaving Award to the Hellenic Coast Guard, the Italian Coast Guard and the Italian Navy, honoring their courage and compassion in assisting migrants and refugees on the Mediterranean Sea.

The Seamen’s Church Institute, a foundation that serves mariners through education, pastoral care and legal advocacy, hosted the dinner.

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