Posted by: arbeam | January 31, 2014

Navy League Sponsors Buoy Tender Welcome Reception

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Bremerton, Washington. The officers and crew of USCGC HICKORY (WLB 212) was greeted with a warm Western Washington welcome by the Navy League of the United States (NLUS) Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council at the Samuel Adams Brewhouse & Restaurant on Naval Base Kitsap – Bremerton. The 225-foot sea-going buoy tender recently visited the base for firefighting training and met with local military leaders and NLUS council members. One of the principal missions of the NLUS is to support the men and women of the sea services and their families.

The Chapter President, Larry Salter welcomed the officers and crew, led by Commanding Officer, LCDR Brian Krautler and Executive officer LT Jody Maisano. Salter also thanked other special guests for attending including CAPT Thomas Zwolfer, Commander, Naval Base Kitsap; CDR Thomas Sullivan, Commander, Maritime force Protection Unit Bangor; Peter Stiles, NLUS Regional President; and Carolyn Dankers, NLUS Area President.

Afterwards, Sullivan, whose Coast Guard command is embedded within local Navy bases, thanked the Navy League and highlighted the ship’s Captain. “Thanks for such a warm Naval Base Kitsap/Navy League welcome to my fellow Coastie brethren. LCDR Krautler is a great example of the quality of young officers that will run the Coast Guard of tomorrow.”

From its home port in Homer, Alaska, the crew of 40 enlisted and seven officers navigated through challenging 10 to 20 foot seas to the Puget Sound on January 26th for the important five-day training event at the Kitsap Readiness Response Center (KRRC). HICKORY is a multi-mission cutter supporting aids to navigation, search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, marine environmental protection, and homeland security missions. The cutter’s primary mission is aids to navigation around the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, and has earned the nickname “The Kenai Keeper.”

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