The Bay Area’s Coast Guard: continuing a Fleet Week tradition

ALAMEDA, Calif. – For Coast Guardsmen and military members in the Bay Area, Fleet Week is an opportunity for the public to get up close and recognize those who serve in their community. The many festivities in this annual event offers much for participants and visitors to understand Coast Guard history and missions.

A pair of Blue Angels pass over USCG Station Golden Gate's 47-foot Motor Lifeboat (MLB 47267) during Fleet Week activitiesThis weekend, the Coast Guard Cutter Active will be highlighted as part of the Parade of Ships while Coast Guard crews will also be on duty enforcing special local regulations for Fleet Week to help keep mariners safe.

“Fleet Week honors the dedication to duty and sacrifices of the men and women of the sea services, past and present,” said Capt. Cynthia L. Stowe, Commander, Coast Guard Sector San Francisco. “Coast Guardsmen, Sailors and Marines are woven into the fabric of the Northern California community–we are dedicated to serving maritime safety and security and actively working together to enhance the quality of life in the Bay Area.”

Dubbed as “Guardians to the Gateway of the Pacific,” the Coast Guard is the Bay Area’s largest military presence, and is home to its newest fleet of Legend Class Cutters, namely, the Cutters Bertholf and Waesche, that continue the rich tradition of federal maritime law enforcement. In fact, the service shares many Bay Area historical milestones dating back to 1848: restoring order during the chaos of the Gold Rush, building the Alcatraz Light Station, establishing a Revenue Cutter base station for Bering Sea Patrols in Alaska, and responding to the infamous 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.

Today, more than 4,000 Coast Guard men and women are based in the Bay Area, serving at boat stations, a buoy tender, an air station, five cutters, training centers, and regional headquarters that coordinate operations throughout California and the entire Pacific.  Coast Guard men and women here perform a variety of missions, including search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, inspections and fisheries, aids-to-navigation, port security and anti-terrorism patrols, illegal drug and migrant interdiction,  and environmental protection.

For more information on Coast Guard history in the Bay Area, click on this link for a fact sheet.

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