Coast Guard river tender crews complete week-long training event in St. Louis

Coast Guard 8th District NewsST. LOUIS — More than 115 Coast Guard crewmembers from five river tenders completed a week of training and exercises on the deployment, recovery and maintenance of aids to navigation on the surrounding river systems.

The exercises included damage control drills, structure climbing, deployment, river navigation and deckhand school.

“The week of training was incredibly productive. The participants covered myriad topics that will increase both safety and productivity in our aids to navigation mission on inland waterways,” said Lt. j.g. Colin Fogarty, chief of the Incident Management Division for Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River. “This training will be put into immediate use as we continue our efforts to replace buoys lost or misplaced during this year’s historic flood season.”

This assembly of ships represents nearly half of the Coast Guard’s inland river fleet. They are responsible for more than 10,300 miles of inland waterways and the entire navigable lengths of the Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, and Tennessee river systems.


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