Coast Guard vessels open to public during Coast Guard City celebration

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard is scheduled to have a variety of vessels on display and available for public tours as it celebrates its 220 years of service to America during Portsmouth’s inaugural Coast Guard City celebration, Aug. 4 – 8.

  • Wednesday: The Coast Guard Cutter Beluga will be at the High Street Landing. Tours will be available from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Coast Guard Station Little Creek Response Boat-Medium, Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Utility Boat and Response Boat-Small, Auxiliary’s Raven Rescue will be on display from 9 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday: Hampton Roads Aids to Navigation Team Trailerable Aids to Navigation Boat will be at the North Street Landing. Tours will be available from 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Friday: The Coast Guard Cutter Beluga will be at the High Street Landing. Tours will be available 4 – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: The Coast Guard Cutter Beluga will be at the High Street Landing. Tours will be available 9 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 5 p.m. Coast Guard Station Little Creek Response Boat-Medium, Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Utility Boat and Response Boat-Small will be on display from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday: The Coast Guard Cutter Beluga will be at the High Street Landing. Tours will be available 9 – 11 a.m.

From its inception as the Revenue Marine, the Coast Guard has evolved to become the world’s premier multi-mission, maritime service, conducting operations around the globe to execute its 11 missions.

“Coast Guardsmen are agile, adaptable and multi-missioned,” said Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp, Jr. “Born as revenue cuttermen, lighthouse keepers, steamboat inspectors and surfmen, we have expanded to meet the maritime needs of our nation. As Coast Guard men and women, we share a bond of pride in our rich heritage and a common purpose to uphold our honorable traditions.”

The Coast Guard began its service to America in 1790 within the Treasury Department as the Revenue Marine, later renamed the Revenue Cutter Service. The Revenue Cutter Service joined with the U.S. Lifesaving Service in 1915 to create the Coast Guard. The U.S. Lighthouse Service was added to the U.S. Coast Guard in 1939, followed by the Steamboat Inspection Service in 1946. The Coast Guard transferred from the Treasury Department to the Department of Transportation in 1967 and to the Department of Homeland Security in 2003.

“We are still keepers of the lights, but we also now patrol far more distant waters,” said Papp. “We readily go wherever there are important, difficult and dangerous maritime duties to be performed.”

For more information on tour and display schedules, please contact the 5th District public affairs office at 757-398-6272.

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