USCGC MACKINAW WLBB-30
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The Coast Guard is required by law to maintain a heavy ice breaking capability on the Great Lakes to assist in keeping channels and harbors open to navigation in response to the reasonable demands of commerce to meet the winter shipping needs of industry. The new USCGC MACKINAW (WLBB-30) is the only U.S. heavy ice breaking resource assigned to the Great Lakes. In addition to heavy icebreaking, the new USCGC MACKINAW (WLBB-30) has state of the art systems and multi-mission capabilities that include; servicing buoys, search & rescue, law enforcement and the ability to deploy an oil skimming system to respond to oil spill situations.