The U.S. Coast Guard’s Aids to Navigation Team (ANT) that is based out of Milford Haven, Virginia, supports CBIBS with critical services. They pulled CBIBS Upper Potomac from on board their buoy tender and replaced it with an ice buoy so that the CBIBS buoy and its sensors can stay safe over the winter. The NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office greatly enjoys working with the ANT, and is thankful for their service. Support is a two-way street in this scenario: The ANT frequently uses data from the CBIBS Stingray Point buoy at the mouth of the Rappahannock River to help make critical decisions regarding their safety as they go about their duties.
For example, water temperature is used to determine which safety gear—“float coats” or drysuits—the crew needs to use during cold-weather operations. And wind speed and wave height data can help the team know what to expect when they head out on the water.
The unit’s crew used a mobile app to check water temperature at the CBIBS Upper Potomac buoy before they left the dock for the removal operation. Crew members wore insulated dry suits that provide protection from the elements when air and water temperatures go below 50 degrees. The suits are designed to keep a crewmember dry and provide buoyancy if he or she were in the water during these conditions.
BMC Ben Brown is the unit’s Officer-in-Charge, which means that he oversees the operation and safety of all crewmembers.
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Each coin measures 2 inch (50mm) in diameter.
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