Coast Guard deployable units on display during Coast Guard Festival

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – Four specialized U.S. Coast Guard units will be on display during the 2009 Coast Guard Festival, featuring divers, security teams and hazardous incident responders.

Coast Guard Regional Dive Locker East, from the Maritime Security Response Team in Virginia will make its first visit to the Festival. Divers will man a display from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, July 27 at Escanaba Park, which will provide a great way to learn about this elite Coast Guard program while waiting for the Parade of Ships which begins at 1 p.m., Monday, July 27. The display will also be up at other times noted below.

Port Security Unit 309 from Port Clinton, Ohio, one of the Coast Guard’sdeployable specialized forces, will return for its 14th Festival. The PSU recently completed a lengthy deployment providing port security in several locations in the middle east and will display one of their transportable port security boats (TPSB) and a weapons emplacement in Mulligan’s Hollow for Kid’s Day Tuesday, July 28, and at Escanaba Park at times noted below.

PSU 309 will participate in the Grand Parade on August and the Coast Guard National Memorial Service July 31.

Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) New Orleans will have a boat and underwater robot display at Escanaba Park at times noted below. MSST New York will exhibit their K-9 team at Kids day and at Escanaba Park at times noted below. One of the handlers will be the Coast Guard’s first female dog handler, Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Erin Daly. She and Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Jeffrey Fallon will demonstrate their dogs’ abilities to find contraband.

The Coast Guard Atlantic Strike Team from Fort Dix, N.J. returns to showcase their ability to respond to hazardous incidents of all types. They will display their Hazardous Materials Response Trailer, Level A Hazmat Entry Team, including a Mini-Andros Robot, on Harbor Drive near Columbus, at times noted below. They will participate in the Grand Parade.

All events are free to the public. A schedule is provided below, although all times are subject to change. Coast Guard perosnnel will be available to answer questions. The Coast Guard is committed to making the public’s experience a pleasant one, and asks for everyone’s cooperation and patience with safety/security requirements, including bag searches and frequent rest periods for the working dogs.

All four units are Deployable Support Forces, part of the Coast Guard’s Deployable Operations Group which provides expeditionary forces to meet threats around the nation and world.

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