Coast Guard Cutter Barbara Mabrity avaliable for public tours

NEW ORLEANS – In conjunction with the Coast Guard’s 2007 Innovation Expo, the Coast Guard Cutter Barbara Mabrity is scheduled to be open for public tours, at the Spanish Plaza Dock here, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m., until 4 p.m.

The Barbara Mabrity is a 175-foot buoy tender, homeported in Mobile, Ala. The crew’s responsibilities include servicing and repairing aids to navigations and environmental response along the Gulf Coast.

The Barbara Mabrity was named after a Key West Lighthouse Keeper that maintained the lighthouse from 1826 until 1864, enduring three hurricanes and the loss of five of her children when the lighthouse crumbled during a storm. She retired at the age of 82 and later died in 1867.

The annual Coast Guard Innovation Expo is scheduled to be held Monday through Thursday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. With this year’s theme of “Improving Mission Execution and Sustainment,” the expo will highlight the newest technology, as well as some of the Coast Guard’s recent efforts to modernize and reorganize our service. The Expo also serves as a venue to present and discuss the many challenges faced in maritime homeland security.

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