Coast Guard ramps up security efforts for 57th Presidential Inauguration

Mid Atlantic Coast Guard NewsWASHINGTON — Members from various Coast Guard units throughout the United States joined together Sunday in support of the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington Monday.

Members of the Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team from Coast Guard Regional Dive Locker East, located in Portsmouth, Va., and Coast Guard Regional Dive Locker West, located in San Diego, Calif., patroled areas of the Potomac River for possible security threats.

Members of a Vessel Boarding Security Team from Coast Guard Sector Baltimore conducted initial safety inspections aboard the cruise ship Odyssey III.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Cochito, homeported in Virginia Beach, is enforcing security zones along the Potomac River.

Click HERE for more information on the security zone in place during the Presidential Inauguration.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen Malicki uses a side-scan sonar for checks of the Potomac River in Washington, Jan. 20, 2013. Malicki, a diver from Coast Guard Regional Dive Locker East was deployed to Washington with other Coast Guard members to support security efforts for the 57th Presidential Inauguration. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lisa Ferdinando

Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen Malicki uses a side-scan sonar for checks of the Potomac River in Washington, Jan. 20, 2013. Malicki, a diver from Coast Guard Regional Dive Locker East was deployed to Washington with other Coast Guard members to support security efforts for the 57th Presidential Inauguration. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lisa Ferdinando

Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Mellon monitors dive operations during checks of the Potomac River in Washington, Jan. 20, 2013. Mellon, a diver from Coast Guard Regional Dive Locker West in San Diego, Calif., was deployed to Washington with other Coast Guard members to support security efforts for the 57th Presidential Inauguration. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lisa Ferdinando

Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Mellon monitors dive operations during checks of the Potomac River in Washington, Jan. 20, 2013. Mellon, a diver from Coast Guard Regional Dive Locker West in San Diego, Calif., was deployed to Washington with other Coast Guard members to support security efforts for the 57th Presidential Inauguration. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lisa Ferdinando

Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Mellon (left) monitors dive operations during checks of the Potomac River in Washington, Jan. 20, 2013. Mellon, a diver from Coast Guard Regional Dive Locker West in San Diego, Calif., was deployed to Washington with other Coast Guard members to support security efforts for the 57th Presidential Inauguration. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lisa Ferdinando

Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Mellon (left) monitors dive operations during checks of the Potomac River in Washington, Jan. 20, 2013. Mellon, a diver from Coast Guard Regional Dive Locker West in San Diego, Calif., was deployed to Washington with other Coast Guard members to support security efforts for the 57th Presidential Inauguration. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lisa Ferdinando

Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas McCollum, a member of the Sector Baltimore Vessel Boarding and Security Team, peers into the engine room aboard the commercial passenger vessel Odyssey III prior to its disembarkation along the Potomac River in Washington D.C., Jan. 20, 2013. The VBST members perform an initial safety inspection to ensure the vessel's seaworthiness and then remain aboard the vessel during the duration of the cruise to provide increased security during the 57th Presidential Inauguration. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Matthew S. Masaschi

Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas McCollum, a member of the Sector Baltimore Vessel Boarding and Security Team, peers into the engine room aboard the commercial passenger vessel Odyssey III prior to its disembarkation along the Potomac River in Washington D.C., Jan. 20, 2013. The VBST members perform an initial safety inspection to ensure the vessel’s seaworthiness and then remain aboard the vessel during the duration of the cruise to provide increased security during the 57th Presidential Inauguration. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Matthew S. Masaschi

The crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Cochito, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Virginia Beach, Va., enforces a temporary security zone along the Potomac River for the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C., Jan. 20, 2013. The cutter's primary missions include law enforcement, search and rescue and ports, waterways and coastal security. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew S. Masaschi

The crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Cochito, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Virginia Beach, Va., enforces a temporary security zone along the Potomac River for the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C., Jan. 20, 2013. The cutter’s primary missions include law enforcement, search and rescue and ports, waterways and coastal security. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew S. Masaschi

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