Coast Guard Cutter Sea Dog to arrive in Kings Bay

KINGS BAY, Ga. – The Coast Guard Cutter Sea Dog (WPB 87373) is scheduled to arrive at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay Monday at approximately 4:00 p.m.

Sea Dog is an 87-foot coastal patrol boat commanded by Chief Warrant Officer Tyrome Tillet, and it has an assigned crew of 10 Coast Guard personnel. Sea Dog is the 73rd Marine Protector Class patrol boat constructed by Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, La. Among many upgrades and uses of advance technology are integrated bridge systems and a stern launched small boat.

Sea Dog will be joining the cutter Sea Dragon, which was formally commissioned in January 2008. Both Coast Guard cutters are assigned to Coast Guard Marine Force Protection Unit Kings Bay, which provides dedicated security to the Navy’s submarine fleet as they transit in and out of Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay.

Sea Dog will be formally commissioned during a ceremony scheduled for July 2 at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. Rear Adm. Steve Branham, Commander, Seventh Coast Guard District, will preside over the time-honored naval tradition, which marks the formal establishment of the new cutter. U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss is scheduled to attend the commissioning along with his wife, Julianne. Mrs. Chambliss is the ship’s sponsor and will also speak during the ceremony.

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