It was during that same boat hunting trip that we came across the newer USCGC MACKINAW (WLBB-30) snapped below, getting her superstructure re-painted while moored at the coast guard station in Cheboygan, MI. Commissioned in June 2006, the ice breaking cutter also serves as a navigational aid tender, as well as conducts search and rescue, and Homeland Security ops, pollution response, law enforcement and public affairs. Built at the Marinette Marine Shipyards in Marinette, Wisconsin, the 240'x58.8' USCGC MACKINAW (WLBB-30) uses two 'Azipods' for her main propulsion. These, coupled with her powerful bow thruster, makes the MACKINAW exceptionally maneuverable. Azipods also remove the need for the traditional rudder as the thrusters can turn the cutter 360 degrees around her vertical axis to direct the MACKINAW's thrust in any direction. COOL!! Also, since the azipods are controlled indiviually, the MACKINAW also lacks the need for a traditional ship's wheel. WOW!! c):-o
|CCGS GRIFFON and CSL ASSINIBOINE at Port Colborne - March 8 2006|
|Tanker ALGOSEA at Port Colborne - February 10, 2013|
|Bay-class ice breaking tug USCGC KATMAI BAY (WTGB-101)|
It's all been kind of like the old board game 'Snakes & Ladders' for the Canadian and U.S. coast guard ice breakers, which regardless of the flag they fly, they work together as one ensuring the safe transit and movement of commerce for both nations.
Go Coast Guards GO!!