Friday morning, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ironwood WLB-297 will move from Tongue Point Job Corps Center to Astorias Pier 17, where it will be berthed until Saturday evening.
The Job Corps will honor the Coast Guard and commemorate the Ironwoods 70 years of service with a ceremony at 1 p.m. Friday at Pier 17. On Saturday, community members are welcome to attend open houses from 8 to 10 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. at the Ironwood. Former crew members in attendance from around the nation will be honored.
During the 57 years between the commissioning of the Ironwood in 1943, and her decommissioning in 2000, she has seen three wars and eight homeport changes. Since 2002, the Ironwood has served as the main training vessel for the seamanship training program at TPJCC.
The Ironwood has a rich history in supporting the missions of the Coast Guard, said Capt. Len Tumbarello, director of Tongue Points seamanship program. That tradition of support has continued during the 11 years she has served Job Corps in producing quality merchant mariners for the maritime industry.
For information on the TPJCC, go to http://tonguepoint.jobcorps.gov