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June 10, 2006


 

Ceremonies Decommissioning of the USCGC Mackinaw Ice Breaker WAGB-83 and Commissioning of the new USCGC Mackinaw Ice Breaker WLBB-30, Cheboygan, Michigan. - Boatnerd.com Staff


Friday evening both boats are ready for the big day.

Another view.

WAGB-83

WLBB-30

Ice Breaker Museum Mackinaw Committee souvenir sales tent.

Buses transported all guests from the K-Mart parking lot to the base.

WAGB-83 in fill dress.

Bow view.

Giant cake bearing the emblems and mottos of both Mackinaws.

WLBB-30 dressed for commissioning.

Brow sign.

Full view pilothouse.

Recently added stack extensions.

Huge tent ready to seat the 2500 expected guests.

New base sign honors both Mackinaws.

Author Sandy Planisek signs copies of her book documenting the last crew of WAGB-83.

Cheboygan Daily Tribune writer Mike Fornes signs copies of his book illustrating the history of WAGB-83.

The Unite States Coast Guard Band from New London.


Crew of WAGB-83  "Man the rails" in preparation for decommissioning.

WAGB-83's last crew coming ashore.

Executive officers lead the parade.

Each crew member salutes the American flag.

The official party comes ashore after lunch on the WAGB-83.
Speaker of the House of Representatives Dennis Hastert,
Michigan Representative
Bart Stupak,
WLBB-30 ship Sponsor
Mrs. Jean Hastert,
followed by admirals and commanders.

Lone sentry left on board.

Crew of WLBB-30 assembled under the tent.

Crew of WAGB-83.

USCG Commandant, Admiral Thad Allen addresses the assemblage.

More than 2,000 guests attended the ceremonies.

Decommissioning crew in position on WAGB-83.

The American flag is lowered.

The USCG Ensign is lowered for the last time.

Decommissioning crew comes ashore.

Sounding taps for WAGB-83.

USCG Ensign being raised on the WLBB-30.

The American flag is raised.

Crew of the WLBB-30
 "Man your ship"!

Crew of WLBB-30
"Man the Rails".

Full view.

19 gun salute for the new Mackinaw.

Retiring the colors
 
Commanders of the two Mackinaws -
(l) Commander Joseph McGuiness WAGB-83,
and
 (r) Commander John Little
WLBB-30.

Mackinaw alumni were present in abundance.
 


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