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Mid Atlantic Media Contact: (757) 398-6272

5th District Public Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

Date: July 11, 2012

Contact: Public Affairs Detachment Baltimore

Office: (410) 576-2541

PHOTO RELEASE: Coast Guard welcomes cutter to upper Chesapeake Bay

The Coast Guard Cutter Chock, a 65-foot Small Harbor Tug, is moored to the pier at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore during a welcoming ceremony for the cutter and its crew, Wednesday, July 11, 2012. The cutter changed their homeport from Portsmouth, Va., to Baltimore allowing the Coast Guard to have improved ice-breaking capacity for the upper Chesapeake Bay and Port of Baltimore. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lindberg. Chief Petty Officer Brian Kuhar, the officer-in-charge of the Coast Guard Cutter Chock, addresses the crowd during a welcoming ceremony for the cutter and its crew at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Wednesday, July 11, 2012. The cutter changed their homeport from Portsmouth, Va., to Baltimore allowing the Coast Guard to have improved ice-breaking capacity for the upper Chesapeake Bay and Port of Baltimore. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lindberg.


BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard officially welcomed a 65-foot Small Harbor Tug and crew during a ceremony at the Coast Guard Yard here Wednesday.

The Coast Guard Cutter Chock and its eight person crew changed their homeport from Portsmouth, Va., to Baltimore.

"The relocation of the cutter Chock to Sector Baltimore will greatly enhance the Coast Guard's multi-mission response capabilities including significantly improved ice-breaking capacity for the upper Chesapeake Bay and Port of Baltimore,” said Capt. Mark O’Malley, the commander of Coast Guard Sector Baltimore. ”It's truly a privilege to have the cutter as part of Sector Baltimore, a cutter with such a long history of superior service to the mariners of the Chesapeake Bay."

The Chock was constructed in Jacksonville, Fla., in 1961 and its current missions include law enforcement, aids to navigation, ice breaking and conducting maritime safety patrols

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