>Cutter Maple returns from Canada


Sitka, Alaska.—The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Maple returns home from Canada.
The officers and crew spent the last two weeks along the inside passage waterways of Southeast Alaska and British Columbia (B.C.) retrieving buoys lost from storms and training with their Canadian Coast Guard counterparts in Victoria, BC.
The beginning of the two-week trip brought Maple to Prince Rupert, B.C. to pick up a buoy that had been torn from its mooring in coastal Washington during a large storm almost a year earlier.  The buoy traveled nearly one thousand miles before washing up on the shore of the Queen Charlotte Islands. 
Once buoy operations were complete, Maple continued its travels south to Victoria where the crew spent a week cross training with the Canadian Coast Guard Pacific Fleet in seamanship, professional development, and sharing common experiences between sailors.
“Once the buoy came ashore, the Canadian Coast Guard notified us and operations were formed to bring and return it to active service. These buoys are vital to the safe and efficient flow of commerce and whenever we can reuse or recycle a buoy we make the effort to keep them in circulation” said Lieutenant Commander Dan Gray, Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Cutter Maple.  Gray went on to say: “We were fortunate to have our Canadian partners assist us in the recovery of a discrepant buoy and then enjoy their hospitality for a week of joint professional development and camaraderie in Victoria.”
Maple returned to Sitka on November 2nd to continue servicing its own buoys and navigational aids in the southeast Alaska region.
Commissioned on 19 Oct 2001, Cutter Maple is a 225-foot Juniper-Class buoy tender stationed in Sitka, AK. Maple is operated by seven officers and a crew of 46 men and women.