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Cutter Maple completes Northwest Passage voyage



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The Coast Guard Cutter Maple arrives at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. The Maple just completed transiting the Northwest Passage, the first Coast Guard vessel to complete that journey in over 60 years.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Barry Bena 


The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Maple follows the crew of Canadian Coast Guard Icebreaker Terry Fox through the icy waters of Franklin Strait, in Nunavut Canada, August 11, 2017. The Canadian Coast Guard assisted Maple's crew by breaking and helping navigate through ice during several days of Maple's 2017 Northwest Passage transit.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn


Coast Guard Cutter Maple crew member Seaman Jeffery Moore keeps lookout from the bridge as the Maple follows Canadian Icebreaker Terry Fox into Bellot Strait in Nunavut, Canada, August 12, 2017. The Maple crew's 2017 Northwest Passage transit marks the 60th anniversary of the Northwest Passage transit made by U.S. Coast Guard Cutters Storis, SPAR and Bramble, along with the Canadian Icebreaker HMCS Labrador.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn.


U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Maple crew members prepare to tie up alongside the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Amundsen in the Arctic waters of Queen Maud Gulf, August 8, 2017. The Canadian Coast Guard crew provided fuel for the crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Maple in support of the Maple's transit through the Northwest Passage to the Atlantic.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn


Petty Officer 2nd Class Brittney Gatewood, a crew member of the Coast Guard Cutter Maple (WLB 207), plots a fix on a navigational chart aboard the bridge of the 225-foot seagoing buoy tender underway on an historic voyage in the Bering Strait, Alaska, up through the Northwest Passage, July 20, 2017. Cutter Maple and crew are scheduled to arrive in late August to the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore.

U.S. Coast Guard photo


The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Maple follows the crew of Canadian Coast Guard Icebreaker Terry Fox through the icy waters of Franklin Strait, in Nunavut, Canada, August 12, 2017. The Canadian Coast Guard assisted Maple's crew by breaking and helping navigate through ice during several days of Maple's 2017 Northwest Passage transit.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn


JUNEAU, Alaska — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Maple arrived at Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Maryland, Tuesday, after completing their voyage through the Northwest passage.

The Maple departed from their homeport in Sitka, Alaska, July 12. They transited above the Arctic Circle for 27 days.

The Maple will now undergo scheduled maintenance in dry dock at Coast Guard Yard for repairs and upgrades. The Maple’s crew will return to Sitka to take command of the 225-foot Coast Guard Cutter Kukui, which was previously homeported in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is currently completing a mid-life renovation at the Yard. 

This summer marks the 60th anniversary of three Coast Guard cutters and one Canadian ship that convoyed through the Northwest Passage, which are several passageways through the complex archipelago of the Canadian Arctic. From May to September of 1957 the crews of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutters Storis, SPAR and Bramble, along with the crew of the Canadian ice breaker HMCS Labrador, charted, recorded water depths and installed aids to navigation for future shipping lanes.

Coast Guard Cutter Maple is a 225-foot seagoing buoy tender. It was commissioned on Oct. 19, 2001.

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