Crown Prince of Denmark Visits Coast Guard Sector New York

NEW YORK — The Crown Prince of Denmark, Frederik André Henrik Christian, visited U.S. Coast Guard Sector New York on Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island, N.Y., at about 10:30 a.m. today. The Crown Prince is in town attending his Creative Nation 2007 conference.

U.S. Coast Guard Captain Robert O’Brien, Sector New York Commander and Captain of the Port for New York and New Jersey, briefed Prince Frederik on the Coast Guard’s many missions. The Danish party toured the Coast Guard’s New York Vessel Traffic Center (VTC), which is similar to an air traffic control center. The VTC safely manages the movement of 150 merchant vessels and as many as 1,000 passenger ferries through the Port of New York and New Jersey daily. The VTC, through its many video cameras positioned throughout the port area, also provides maritime domain awareness for the service’s maritime security mission.

The Crown Prince of Denmark, 39, will be the 10th Frederik in a line of monarchs when he succeeds the throne from the Royal couple Queen Margrethe II and Prince Consort Henrik.

“We are proud that the Crown Prince has taken time during his obviously busy schedule to visit with Coast Guard Sector New York and learn how we secure our regional maritime transportation system and protect the citizens of the New York metropolitan area,” said O’Brien. “This truly was a unique experience for many of our Coast Guard family who may never be this close to a Crown Prince again.”

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