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Cutter History


Built in Tacoma, Washington by Tacoma Boatbuilding, the USCGC BISCAYNE BAY was commissioned on December 8, 1979.  She has been homeported in St Ignace, Michigan since her commissioning. The BISCAYNE BAY is the fourth vessel of the Coast Guard’s 140 ft “Bay” class. This class of icebreaking harbor tug was designed to replace an aging fleet of 110 ft harbor tugs and to meet the Coast Guard’s domestic icebreaking responsibilities well into the next century.

Unit Awards

Meritorious Unit Commendation 16 Oct 1990 - Salvage of USCGC MESQUITE
Unit Commendation 06 Jan 1995 - DOMICE
Unit Commendation 19 Oct 1996 - Winter Operations
Coast Guard Team Award 09 Sept 1997 - Coast Guard Festival, Grand Haven, MI
Coast Guard Team Award 22 Jan 1998 - ATON Battery recovery operations
Letter of Appreciation 04 Apr 2001 - SAR response Beaver Island, MI
Special Operations Service Ribbon 20 Mar 2002 - Tall Ships
Meritorious Team Commendation 05 Dec 2002 - Chicago safety zone patrol
Special Operations Service Ribbon 12 Mar 2011 - Operation Coal Shovel


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