CHICAGO — The Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw returned to Chicago, Dec. 3, 2016, as this year’s “Christmas Ship” loaded with 1,200 Christmas trees.
The Coast Guard manages more than 3,000 fixed and floating federal aids in the region. The waters of the U.S. and its territories are marked to assist navigation by the U.S. Aids-to-Navigation System.
To accomplish Operation Fall Retrieve, the U.S. Coast Guard employs multiple cutters, ATON teams, and small boat stations with ATON duties. The U.S. Coast Guard also works with the Lamplighters, civilian employees who manage the inland waters of Northern Minnesota; Canadian Coast Guard crews; and the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.
In addition, members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary help inspect about 3,000 privately-owned aids to navigation in the region.