Station Lake Charles to hold establishment ceremony

LAKE CHARLES, La. — The crew of Station Lake Charles is scheduled to hold an official ceremony to commemorate the establishment of the Coast Guard’s newest unit, Sept. 30, 2009, at 10 a.m. in the Contraband Room of the Lake Charles Convention Center.

The small boat station, which is located in the heart of the Lake Charles community, will serve as a multi-mission Coast Guard unit. Station Lake Charles is considered a Level 1 Port, Waterway and Coastal Security Unit, which makes its role vital in maintaining national security.

“Crewmembers of Station Lake Charles will respond to search and rescue cases, conduct armed patrols of the Lake Charles and Cameron waterways, protect public and industry infrastructure during security threats, and escort vessels through key port areas. The unit will also conduct law enforcement boardings to ensure that commercial and recreational mariners are in compliance with current policies and laws,” said Chief Petty Officer Joseph Gary, Station Lake Charles officer-in-charge.

Station Lake Charles’ area of responsibility includes: from the Cameron Jetties inland to include the Calcasieu River; the lakes and tributaries that connect to the Calcasieu River; from the Intracoastal Waterway to mile marker #253.5 (west) and from the Intracoastal Waterway to the Mermantau River (east).

The unit consists of 42 active duty members and 13 25-foot response boats.

“I’m really proud of the crew. Everyone here has done an outstanding job of completing their qualifications necessary for success. They are a group of highly dedicated and motivated individuals who strongly believe in the mission,” said Gary.

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