Coast Guard participates in Bay Area’s annual Fleet Week tradition

Coast Guard District 11 NewsSAN FRANCISCO – U.S. Coast Guard men and women throughout the Bay Area are scheduled to participate in San Francisco Fleet Week events taking place Oct. 6 through 11.

The many festivities in this annual event offer numerous opportunities for participants and visitors to learn about the various Coast Guard missions and to tour the Coast Guard Cutters Bertholf and Alert.

These two Coast Guard cutters will be highlighted as part of the Parade of Ships while other Coast Guard crews will be performing pier and ferry security sweeps, ensuring the continued flow of commercial vessel traffic, enforcing safety and security zones, and enforcing boating safety regulations, as well as, standing by for search and rescue cases or other emergencies.

“Fleet Week is a great event for the city to show its support for the troops,” said Capt. Cynthia L. Stowe, Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Captain of the Port. “The majority of Coast Guard members in the area will continue to perform their missions during Fleet Week festivities by ensuring the public’s safety and protecting the waterways along with the local authorities. All recreational boaters should remember to wear their life jackets anytime they are out on the water especially during times of increased vessel traffic.”

The Coast Guard is the Bay Area’s largest military presence with more than 4,000 Coast Guard men and women based here. These Coast Guard personnel perform a variety of missions including search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, inspections, fisheries enforcement, aids to navigation, port security, anti-terrorism patrols, environmental protection, and illegal drug and migrant interdiction.

The Coast Guard cutters participating in the Parade of Ships and public tours represent the newest and oldest vessels in the Coast Guard fleet. The Cutter Bertholf, homeported in Alameda, is the first of a new class of vessels known as National Security Cutters. The 418-foot ship provides long-range capabilities and regularly conducts counter-drug patrols from the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Central America and fisheries patrols in Alaska. The Cutter Alert, a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Astoria, Ore., was commissioned in 1969. The Alert and its crew conduct patrols throughout the Pacific as well as regional patrols in the Pacific Northwest.

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