The United States Coast Guard 'Cutter Midgett' arrived in Puerto Vallarta yesterday morning. They'll be here until Friday morning. Some activities you may want to attend include:
• Wednesday, April 29 - Soccer match against a team from the Mexican Navy at 9:00 am. This match will be held on the grounds of the Mexican Navy Base in the Marina area.
• Wednesday, April 29 - Reception for Officers and Chiefs at Murphy's Irish Pub on the malecon near the lighthouse from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. 150 pesos buffet W/ draft beer.
• Thursday, April 30 - Community Relations project with the Navy League to paint and repair a Jardin de Ninos near Ixtapa. Meet at the pier where the ship is docked at 8:30 am.
• Thursday, April 30 - Ship Tour. Meet dockside at the ship at 10:00 am.
USCGC Midgett (WHEC-726) is the twelfth and last of the United States Coast Guard's fleet of 378 ft (115 m) high endurance cutters. With her crew of twenty four officers and one hundred sixty enlisted men and women, she is homeported in Seattle, Washington under the operational and administrative control of Commander, Pacific Area (COMPACAREA).
Coast Guard Cutter Midgett's keel was laid April 5, 1971 at the Avondale Shipyard in New Orleans, Louisiana, and she was launched on September 4, 1971. She was commissioned on March 17, 1972. The Midgett was decommissioned and placed in Fleet Renovation and Maintenance (FRAM) on January 7, 1991 and was placed in "In Commission Special" status as of April 25, 1992. She was fully re-commissioned in February 1993. She is a multipurpose ship, designed to meet the many and varied missions of today's Coast Guard. Her responsibilities include Homeland Security, Search and Rescue, Maritime Law Enforcement, and Alien Migrant Interdiction Operations as well as maintaining military readiness in support of NATO allies and the U.S. Navy. One of ten high endurance cutters on the west coast, her normal patrol areas include the Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska and Central American waters, enforcing the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act (200-mile or 320-kilometre limit) and drug interdiction laws.
The Midgett appears on the cover of the 1979 Jefferson Starship album Freedom at Point Zero.
For more information, email Dennis Rike of American Legion Post 14 at email@example.com.
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