During record Great Lakes icebreaking season, Michigan-based Coast Guard cutter strives to maintain proficiency in other mission areas
An early and intense winter season has meant an increased demand for ice-breaking operations for the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) 9th District's icebreaking fleet, but that didn't stop the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay, homeported in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., from conducting important training earlier this week.
Across the district, icebreaking crews logged nearly four times the five-year average of operational ice-breaking hours during the first quarter of 2014.
But despite a record season for icebreaking hours by cutter crews, the Coast Guard said it will maintain focus on proficiency in all mission areas.