Alaska-based Coast Guard cutter supports 2010 Winter Olympics

KODIAK, Alaska – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Long Island is scheduled to patrol near the San Juan Islands in support of the 2010 Winter Olympics in an effort to maintain maritime public safety and security.

The Long Island is currently patrolling with other Coast Guard units such as high endurance cutters, patrol boats, Maritime Safety and Security Teams, the Maritime Security Response Team, U.S. Navy cruisers, destroyers and multi-agency aircraft.

“The crew will maintain full accountability of all vessel traffic transiting from the U.S. to Canada during the Winter Olympics,” said Lt. John Christensen, Long Island commanding officer. “We will conduct periodic law enforcement boardings to ensure vessels are in compliance of all U.S. laws and regulations.”

The Coast Guard is the lead for all U.S. maritime military naval forces supporting the 2010 Winter Olympics and has a dual responsibility of supporting Canadian Maritime operations while contributing to the larger Canadian government communications effort in promoting public confidence and security.

Vancouver, British Columbia, will be hosting the 2010 Olympics from Feb. 12 to 28. The Olympic events will draw large crowds from around the world. Up to 450,000 participants and spectators are expected to attend the games.

The Long Island is a 110-foot multi-mission patrol boat homeported in Valdez operating in an area within the coastal waters of Central and Southeast Alaska. This is the first time the Long Island has been south of Ketchikan since the vessel arrived in Valdez.

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