>Coast Guardsmen conduct flag changing, tour trawler


UNALASKA, Alaska – The San Diego-based crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton were part a flag replacement ceremony at the Unalaska Memorial Park dedicated to Coast Guardsmen who served on the Bering Sea Patrol Saturday.
The crew exchanged a weathered national ensign, Alaska state flag and Coast Guard standard for new ones following remarks regarding the significance of the Bering Sea Patrol.
Capt. Matthew Gimple, commanding officer of the Hamilton, officiated the ceremony at the memorial park. The ceremony concluded with Gimple reading the Coast Guardsman’s prayer.
On Wednesday, Gimple and three boarding officers from the Hamilton toured the 123-foot Seattle-based fishing vessel American Beauty in order to reinforce the relationships between the Coast Guard and the commercial fishing fleet. The Coast Guardsmen learned how a trawling vessel operates.
The visit also allowed boarding officers to discuss embarkation procedures and boarding safety on unfamiliar vessels. The captain of the American Beauty expressed his gratitude for the Coast Guard’s presence in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska.
The Hamilton is the first Secretary Class High Endurance Cutter commissioned in 1967 and is homeported at Naval Station San Diego.
To view the Coast Guardman’s prayer click link: http://www.ratlines.com/CoastGuardPrayer.htm