Wisconsin-based Coast Guard crew prepares for spring buoy operations

9th Coast Guard District NewsSTURGEON BAY, Wis. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay, a 140-foot ice-breaking tug homeported here, is scheduled to begin returning seasonal buoys to waters in the Bay of Green Bay and near the outer Door Peninsula Monday.

Mobile Bay is one of two 140-foot ice-breaking tugs operating in the Great Lakes equipped with a 120-foot aids-to-navigation barge.

After spending the winter months breaking ice in support of Operation Taconite, the crew of the Mobile Bay has re-attached their ATON barge. This is one of the final preparations made before servicing the buoys that allow for safe transit throughout the region.

The crew’s responsibilities, as part of a Great Lakes-wide Coast Guard operaton dubbed Spring Restore, include replacing ice-resistant winter markers with lighted summer aids and ensuring more than 110 buoys are in their proper position. The crew’s area of responsibility encompasses Green Bay and the waters around Door Peninsula, including the Green Bay Harbor Entrance Channel, the Sturgeon Bay Ship Channel, the Strawberry Islands and Little Bay de Noc.

“Keeping all mariners safe during their travels is a priority of Mobile Bay’s crew and the entire U.S. Coast Guard,” said Lt. Cmdr. John Stone, commanding officer of the Mobile Bay. “The crew is fully committed to its task during ATON operations, and is confident that its efforts will aid in the safety of fishermen, recreational boaters, sailors and commercial mariners alike.”

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