Coast Guard Cutter Oak Wins AtoN Olympics

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Oak, from Charleston, S.C., took first place at the Aids to Navigation Olympics for the Seventh Coast Guard District today, at the Naval Ordnance Test Pier in Port Canaveral.

Crew members from the Coast Guard Cutter Joshua Appleby, from St. Petersburg, Fla., took second place, followed by the crew of the CGC Hudson, from Miami Beach, Fla., in third place. All the crew members were challenged in seven events designed to test their ability to use deck equipment, wire buoy lamps and use a de-watering pump.

“When waterways close in the aftermath of a hurricane, these units respond to repair aids to navigation and re-open the waterways,” said Lt. j.g. John Lisko, the district prevention and waterways management field operations assistant for the Seventh Coast Guard District, “This training mission is a great way for units to get together, share practices and build camaraderie, so when disasters strike, they will be ready.”

The ATON Olympics is held every three years. The event is designed to sharpen the skills of the ATON crews throughout the Seventh Coast Guard District, which includes Puerto Rico, Key West, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

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  1. joseph keith says:

    my daughter is on the joshua appleby.
    one tough young lady.
    very proud of her.

    joseph keith