Coast Guard to commission Cutter Sea Fox on Friday

SEATTLE — The Coast Guard will commission the cutter Sea Fox into service at Naval Base Kitsap-Keyport, Wash., 2:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, 2009.

Rear Adm. Gary Blore, Commander, 13th Coast Guard District, will preside over the commissioning ceremony. Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Charles Bowen will provide the keynote speech and will be accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Janet Bowen, who will serve as the ship’s official sponsor.

Sea Fox is an 87-foot coastal patrol boat commanded by Chief Warrant Officer Michael Lemay. It has an assigned crew of 10 and is one of the new, innovative Marine Protector classes constructed by Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, La. Among many upgrades and new advanced technology are integrated bridge systems and a stern launched small boat.

Sea Fox will be joining the cutter Sea Devil, which was formally commissioned in June 2008. Both Coast Guard cutters are assigned to Coast Guard Maritime Force Protection Unit Bangor, Wash., providing dedicated security to the Navy’s submarine fleet as they transit to and from homeport.

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