Operation Fall Retrieve in full swing as winter approaches

Great Lakes Coast Guard News 
Cleveland – Operation Fall Retrieve, which involves 16 Coast Guard units along with two contracted companies who are hard at work retrieving 1,282 navigational aids, is scheduled to be completed by Dec. 28. The aids, approximately half the region’s total, are taken out of service during the winter months due to decreased vessel traffic and to minimize damage from ice and severe weather.

Petty Officer 1st Class William Vaughn gives instructions to deck force members while securing a navigational buoy to an aids-to-navigation barge connected to the the Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay, a 140-foot ice breaking tug, during buoy operations in Lake Erie, Nov. 27, 2012.  The crew of the Bristol Bay is decommissioning some navigational buoys and replacing others as part of Operation Fall Retrieve, which is designed to limit damage done to navigational buoys during the winter months.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read.

Petty Officer 1st Class William Vaughn gives instructions to deck force members while securing a navigational buoy to an aids-to-navigation barge connected to the Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay, a 140-foot ice-breaking tug, during buoy operations in Lake Erie, Nov. 27, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read.

The deck force aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay, a 140-foot ice breaking tug, uses a crane to manuever a navigational buoy aboard an aids-to-navigation barge connected to the cutter, Nov. 27, 2012. The crew of the Bristol Bay is removing navigational buoys from Lake Erie as part of the 9th Coast Guard District's annual Operation Fall Retrieve, which is designed to limit damage to navigation buoys in the Great Lakes during the winter months. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read.

The deck force aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay, a 140-foot ice-breaking tug, uses a crane to maneuver a navigational buoy aboard an aids-to-navigation barge connected to the cutter, Nov. 27, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read.

Seaman Christian Wilson, a crewmember aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay, tightens a chain connected to a buoy to secure it to the deck of an aids-to-navigation barge connected to the Bristol Bay, during buoy operations in Lake Erie, Nov. 27, 2012. The crew of the Bristol Bay is decommissioning some navigational buoys and replacing others as part of Operation Fall Retrieve, which is designed to limit damage done to navigational buoys during the winter months. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read.

Seaman Christian Wilson, a crewmember aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay, tightens a chain connected to a buoy to secure it to the deck of an aids-to-navigation barge connected to the Bristol Bay, during buoy operations in Lake Erie, Nov. 27, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read.

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