Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Maried Hosts Cutter Round-Up

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — The Ninth Coast Guard District cutter fleet converged on Sector Sault Ste. Marie on Monday for the 2007 Ninth District Cutter Round-up.

The fleet, which includes nine Coast Guard cutters, will be here for a week of competition and training sessions.

The 2007 Cutter Round-Up, which occurs every two years, is designed to provide multiple training opportunities for the more than 300 men and women on the nine Coast Guard cutters which make up the Ninth District fleet. The last round-up was two years ago in Cleveland.

“Ninth District cutters provide the Great Lakes community with our core Coast Guard missions: search-and-rescue, buoy tending, and domestic ice breaking,” said Rear Adm. John E. Crowley, Jr., Commander of the Ninth Coast Guard District. “Without doubt, their missions visibly touch all segments of our communities. We hold this training in high regards as a way to maintain the professionalism in our traditional mission areas.”

The cutter fleet is preparing for the upcoming aids to navigation and ice breaking season.

The cutter crews will participate in leadership and job-specific training sessions and events, while exercising excellent stewardship of tax dollars by consolidating multiple and diverse events in one location.

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