Coast Guard cancels Fleet Week cutter visits

Coast Guard cancels Fleet Week cutter visits

Coast Guard cancels Fleet Week cutter visits

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by KGW.com and KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on April 18, 2013 at 11:48 AM

SEATTLE — The Coast Guard announced Thursday it would not be sending cutters to the Fleet Week celebration at Seattle's Seafair or Portland's Rose Festival, due to federal budget cuts.

“We are reducing our participation in various community events to focus our funding on highest priority missions.” said Coast Guard Rear Adm. Keith A. Taylor. “We will continue to maintain our valuable relationships with the Pacific Northwest communities and will remain ‘Always Ready’ to answer the call.”

The Coast Guard will continue to provide safety zones and water patrols during both events.

The U.S. Navy announced earlier this month it would not be taking part in Fleet Week celebrations. Additionally the Blue Angels will not perform at Seafair in 2013.

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