Coast Guard command center

SOUTH PORTLAND — A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last week for the newly renovated command center at the United States Coast Guard Sector Northern New England (SNNE) headquarters here.

“We saw your dedication during the recent government shutdown, which I strongly opposed due to the tremendous harm it caused to the Coast Guard, other federal employees, and their families,” Senator Susan Collins said at the ceremony. “Despite going without paychecks, you remained on the job with total commitment. The outpouring of support you received from the communities you serve demonstrated the respect and gratitude you have earned from the American people.

“This new command center upholds our nation’s obligation to provide you with the resources needed so that you can be ‘Always Ready,'” she said.

Nearly 600 active-duty, reserve, and civilian personnel work for the U.S. Coast Guard SNNE, most of them stationed in Maine. Maine is home to three ice breaking ships, and they perform critical winter missions. The tugs make sure that ice doesn’t block pier access, which is necessary to deliver essential supplies to island communities. They keep critical commerce flowing, and they relieve ice dams on rivers to help prevent flooding in the spring.

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