The Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival, which promotes the state’s maritime heritage and spirit of innovation, is held on the historic New London waterfront.
The proud fighting ship USS COLE, an Arleigh Burke Class guided missile destroyer, and USCGC THUNDER BAY, one of the Coast Guard’s powerful fleet of ice breakers, will headline the 2017 Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival, Sept. 8-10 in downtown New London, Connecticut.
They will be joined by two other Coast Guard vessels, USCGC ALBACORE, an 87-foot coastal patrol boat homeported in New London, and 65-foot small harbor ice breaking tug BOLLARD out of New Haven and security patrol craft from Sub Base New London, plus others.
In what promises to be a spectacular first for the festival, the Coast Guard will stage a Search and Rescue (SAR) Demonstration on Thames River with a MH-60-T Jayhawk helicopter and small boat participation in full view from Waterfront Park. This is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, the 9th.
This year, festival attendees can take advantage of the water taxis that run on a regular basis with stops at City Pier, Fort Trumbull and Fort Griswold.
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