Coast Guard Increases Security Presence for New Years Eve and Sugar Bowl

NEW ORLEANS- Local citizens and visitors will begin seeing an increased Coast Guard presence in the air and on the water as units of Coast Guard Sector New Orleans begin operating an increased patrol schedule in preparation for New Years Eve and Sugar Bowl festivities here.

The increased security initiatives will include extra patrols, deployment of additional crewmembers and resources, and joint cooperation with local law enforcement to keep New Orleans citizens and visitors safe on and around the water.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans crews will provide increased small boat patrols of the Mississippi River to protect maritime facilities and vessels, and monitor for any suspicious activity.

Crews from Marine Safety & Security Team Galveston, Texas and crews from the Coast Guard Cutter Pelican will patrol the river daily maintaining a security presence, conducting patrols and boardings.

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans crews will fly law enforcement overflights with the upgraded more capable HH-65C Dolphin model helicopter, assisting local law enforcement by monitoring for suspicious or dangerous behavior.

Source: USCG D8 Public Affairs

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