Detroit-area Coast Guard units to participate in Detroit River Days celebration

DETROIT — Detroit-area Coast Guard units are scheduled to participate in the Detroit River Days celebration along the international waterfront, Friday through Sunday.

Coast Guard personnel will be providing free unit tours, search-and-rescue demonstrations and boating safety information.

The Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay will be moored at the GM Plaza and open for tours on Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, aboard an MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter and a boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Belle Isle, in Detroit, will perform a SAR demonstration Saturday, at 1:30 p.m.

Members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary will be present to provide boating safety information throughout the weekend.

Coast Guard Sector Detroit is the parent command to 10 subordinate units in eastern Michigan and western Ohio, and is responsible for all Coast Guard missions in the navigable waters along a 472-mile international border with Canada.

Sector Detroit and its tenant commands make up the largest active-duty military presence within the Detroit city limits. The Coast Guard’s history in Detroit dates back as early as 1874 with the completion of the still-standing U.S. Lighthouse Service building, which is adjacent to the current Sector Detroit facility at the foot of Mt. Elliott Avenue.

More information on the weekend’s events can be found at www.DetroitRiverDays.com.

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