SAN FRANCISCO — U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alert, based in Astoria, was to be in San Francisco today as one of the two Coast Guard cutters showcased in Fleet Week festivities. It will head home Tuesday.

Alert and Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, based in Alameda, Calif., will be open for tours throughout the event.

 Other Coast Guard crews will police the event while on standby for potential emergency calls nearby.

“Fleet Week is a great event for the city to show its support for the troops,” said Capt. Cynthia L. Stowe, Coast Guard Sector San Francisco’s captain of the port. “The majority of Coast Guard members in the area will continue to perform their missions during Fleet Week festivities by ensuring the public’s safety and protecting the waterways along with the local authorities.”

The Coast Guard is the Bay Area’s largest military presence with more than 4,000 Coast Guard personnel based there.

The Coast Guard cutters participating in the Parade of Ships and public tours represent the newest and oldest vessels in the Coast Guard fleet. Bertholf represents the first of a new class of vessels known as National Security Cutters. The 418-foot ship provides long-range capabilities and regularly conducts counter-drug patrols from the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Central America and fisheries patrols in Alaska.


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