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17th District Public Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

Date: July 17, 2012

U.S. Coast Guard 17th District Public Affairs

Contact: Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst

Office: (907) 463-2065

Mobile: (907) 321-1866

Imagery Available: Buoy tenders arrive in Juneau for roundup

Editors note: Click the image below to reveal high resolution photos.

JUNEAU, Alaska - Six buoy tenders and their crews gather at Coast Guard Station Juneau for the annual buoy tender roundup July 16, 2012. The cutters, from throughout Alaska, British Columbia and Washington, attend the roundup for consolidated training, to exchange ideas and promote camaraderie. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst.

JUNEAU, Alaska - The Coast Guard Cutter Maple and the Canadian coast guard vessel Bartlett sit side-by-side at Coast Guard Station Juneau July 16, 2012. The two buoy tender crews, along with four other U.S. Coast Guard cutter crews, travelled to Juneau for the annual buoy tender roundup. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst.  JUNEAU, Alaska - Five U.S. Coast Guard buoy tenders and one Canadian coast guard buoy tender sit moored at Coast Guard Station Juneau July 16, 2012. The cutters rendezvoused in Juneau for the annual buoy tender roundup, an event attended by cutters from Alaska, British Columbia and Washington. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst.  JUNEAU, Alaska - Five U.S. Coast Guard buoy tenders and one Canadian coast guard vessel sit moored at Coast Guard Station Juneau, in the shadow of Mount Juneau, July 16, 2012. The six vessel crews took part in the annual buoy tender roundup, a five-day event focusing on training, camaraderie and friendly competition. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst.

JUNEAU, Alaska — The 17th Coast Guard District began their annual buoy tender roundup in Juneau Sunday with the arrival of cutters based in Alaska, Washington and British Columbia.

This year's roundup brings together the crews of six buoy tenders: SPAR, Fir, Maple, Henry Blake, Anthony Petit, and the Canadian coast guard vessel Bartlett.

The five-day event will allow crewmembers to receive specialized training in areas such as engine repair, buoy maintenance, safety equipment maintenance, first aid and personnel management.

The roundup also includes a mid-week competition, the buoy tender Olympics, highlighting skills required to perform aids to navigation maintenance.

Crews aboard Coast Guard buoy tenders in Alaska service 1,250 navigational aids along 42,000 miles of coastline while actively participating in search and rescue, environmental protection, and law enforcement missions.

Editor’s Note: Media interested in attending the Buoy Tender Olympics at Coast Guard Station Juneau Wednesday, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., should contact Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst at 907-321-1866.

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