Coast Guard Sector Mobile hosts JROTC cadet tour

8th Coast Guard District NewsMOBILE, Ala. — A group of 150 U.S. Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps cadets from the Atlanta, Ga., area toured units from Coast Guard Sector Mobile, Thursday.

The cadets took a tour of the 160-foot Coast Guard Cutter Saginaw, 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Stingray and a shoreside demonstration from Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Mobile.

Crewmembers provided guided tours of the Saginaw and Stingray and demonstrated a diverse array of gear essential to Coast Guard missions. Crewmembers from ANT Mobile demonstrated the operation of lampchangers in lighted aids to navigation and a brief overview of the system of lights, colors and shapes found in the federal aids-to-navigation system.

The cadets donned firefighting equipment and quizzed the crewmembers on their experiences and career opportunities available in the U.S. Coast Guard.

“We’re always proud to show our ship; the crews work very hard,” said Chief Warrant Officer Todd Murphy, commanding officer of the Saginaw. “This was a great opportunity to encourage these young folks to come our way and perhaps become Coast Guardsmen.”

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