Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw reenacts Chicago maritime holiday tradition

Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw reenacts Chicago maritime holiday tradition
googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1461251439213-0'); }); A crewmember of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw offloads one of the 1,200 Christmas trees onto Navy Pier in Chicago, Dec. 2, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Master Chief Petty Officer Alan Haraf) CHICAGO — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw and the Chicago’s Christmas Ship Committee partnered...

Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw delivers Christmas trees, works buoys for Operation Fall Retrieve

Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw delivers Christmas trees, works buoys for Operation Fall Retrieve
Seaman Jared S. Medina officially delivers the Christmas trees on behalf of U.S. Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw during a ceremony Dec. 3, 2016 at Navy Pier in Chicago. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of USCGC Mackinaw CHICAGO — The Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw returned to Chicago, Dec. 3, 2016,  as this year’s “Christmas Ship” loaded with 1,200 Christmas trees. googletag.cmd.push(function()...

Great Lakes Coast Guard kicks off Operation Fall Retrieve

Great Lakes Coast Guard kicks off Operation Fall Retrieve
Crew members aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw decommission the southern Lake Huron NOAA weather buoy at sunset Nov. 19, 2013.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Alderman) CLEVELAND — In anticipation of the coming ice season and to ensure the safety of vessels transiting the Great Lakes Basin, crews in the Coast Guard 9th District began today their annual retrieval...

Operation Fall Retrieve nearly finished as 2013/2014 ice-breaking season begins

Operation Fall Retrieve nearly finished as 2013/2014 ice-breaking season begins
CLEVELAND — As the Coast Guard 9th District’s Operation Fall Retrieve approaches completion throughout the Great Lakes, the agency, in partnership with Canadian and commercial entities, has begun ice-breaking operations as part of Operation Taconite in the western Great Lakes — lakes Superior and Michigan, the St. Marys River, the Straits of Mackinac, and northern Lake Huron. Operation Fall...

Coast Guard crew set to load more than 1,200 Christmas trees onto Mackinaw for historic transit to Chicago

Coast Guard crew set to load more than 1,200 Christmas trees onto Mackinaw for historic transit to Chicago
CHEBOYGAN, Mich. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw is scheduled to load 1,220 Christmas trees onto the ship at its homeport of Cheboygan, Mich., on Nov. 25, in preparation for the 2013 Christmas Ship celebration. The trees will then be transported to Chicago where they will be offloaded on the morning of Dec.7 following a public ceremony at Navy Pier. The trees will be given to nonprofit...

Coast Guard’s Operation Fall Retrieve in full swing

CLEVELAND — Units from around the Coast Guard 9th District continue work on their annual retrieval of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway System seasonal aids to navigation, the largest domestic ATON recovery operation in the U.S. Operation Fall Retrieve, which affects lighted and unlighted buoys and beacons, began in mid October with a goal of retrieving 1,278 navigational aids. The operation...

Great Lakes Coast Guard’s Operation Fall Retrieve gets underway

Great Lakes Coast Guard's Operation Fall Retrieve gets underway
CLEVELAND — In anticipation of the coming ice season and to ensure the safety of vessels transiting the Great Lakes Basin, earlier this week the Coast Guard 9th District began its annual retrieval of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway System seasonal aids to navigation, the largest domestic ATON recovery operation in the U.S. Operation Fall Retrieve, which affects lighted and unlighted buoys...

Operation Fall Retrieve in full swing as winter approaches

Operation Fall Retrieve in full swing as winter approaches
  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...

Coast Guard nears completion of seasonal buoy replacement operation throughout Great Lakes

CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard is nearing completion of the mission to replace seasonal aids to navigation this week throughout the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway. Operation Spring Restore, an annual mission to verify and replace 1,281 aids to navigation throughout the Great Lakes region, is nearly 80% complete and almost four weeks ahead of schedule, due to an unusually light 2011/2012 ice...