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Sector Sault Sainte Marie

Guardians of the Northern Lakes


Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie is responsible for all Coast Guard missions on Lake Superior and Northern Lakes   Michigan and Huron including surrounding navigable waterways, Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement, Aids to Navigation,  Marine Safety, and Homeland Security.

Located on the St. Mary's River in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, the Sector is the operational and administrative commander of 15 subordinate field units, which include 8 Multi-Mission Small Boat Stations, 1 Marine Safety Unit,  2 Aids to Navigation Teams, and 4 Coast Guard Cutters.

Sector  Sault Sainte Marie’s missions are accomplished by a dedicated workforce of 248 Active Duty, 70 Reserve, and 26 civilian personnel. The Sector's vessel inventory includes: 2 47' Motor Lifeboats; Medium; 10 25' Response Boat - Small; 1 49' BUSL; 3 21'/23' TANBs; and 12 NSBs; plus 1 airboat.

The all-volunteer Coast Guard Auxiliary, 9th Central Region, supports Sector Sault Sainte Marie performing a wide variety of operational, educational, support and training missions with 400 personnel throughout the region.

Sector Sault Sainte Marie was established on June 27, 2005, by combining the former Group Sault Sainte Marie and Marine Safety Office.

The Sector Commander is the operational commander for all missions within his/her area of responsibility.  The Sector Commander's legal authorities include Captain of the Port, Officer in Charge of Marine Inspections, Federal on Scene Coordinator, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator and Search and Rescue (SAR) Mission Coordinator.

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