Coast Guard hosts Alabama Commanders Summit participants

Coast Guard District 8 NewsMOBILE, Ala. — The Coast Guard Cutter Barbara Mabrity hosted participants of the Alabama Commanders Summit at Coast Guard Sector Mobile, Tuesday.

The participants where given a tour of the Mobile port system as part of the annual summit and were also treated to a description of the Barbara Mabrity’s capabilities and operational obligations from Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Carroll, commanding officer of the cutter.

“This is the first time the Coast Guard has hosted this recurring, working meeting of military base commanders and Alabama state leaders,” said Capt. Tom Maine, commander of Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile. “The Coast Guard plays a central role in the emergency response issues that are the focus of these meetings. Our unique coastal perspective and the chance to see Coast Guard capabilities were highlights for all participants.”

The 175-foot Keeper Class Coastal Class Buoy Tenders represent the new wave in buoy tending. They are the first Coast Guard cutters equipped with Z-Drive propulsion units instead of the standard propeller and rudder configuration. They are designed to independently rotate 360 degrees. Combined with a thruster in the bow, they give the Keeper-Class cutters unmatched maneuverability.

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