Annual Coast Guard Buoy Round-up gets underway

This week kicks off the 2012 Coast Guard Buoy Round-up held by the 17th Coast Guard District in Juneau. The event is a week-long series of training exercises for the Coast Guard.

There are 5 ships docked in Juneau including the 225-foot SPAR, Fir, Maple and the 175-foot Henry Blake and Anthony Petit. They are joined by the Canadian coast guard vessel Bartlett.

The event is an opportunity for crews to receive training and practice in areas such as buoy maintenance, safety equipment maintenance, and first aid.

The main event is the Buoy Olympics on Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., when crews will compete against each other.

According to the Coast Guard, crews in Alaska service 1,250 navigational aids along 42,000 miles of coastline.

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