The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Cypress represented the service as part of the 2018 New Orleans Fleet Week from April 20-23, 2018. This year’s event on the banks of the Mississippi River accompanied the city’s Tri-Centennial celebration and Tall Ship Festival.
Leading up to this highly visible triannual celebration, the crew spent countless hours repainting, refurbishing, and renovating Cypress so it could shine in the heart of the 8th District. Never satisfied with a single mission, Cypress worked with Air Station New Orleans to conduct a helicopter search-and-rescue hoist exercise over a 98-mile river transit to New Orleans. The training and follow-on Buoy Deck movie night provided the first morale boost of many for the crew during the event.
Upon mooring at Woldenberg River Park alongside four multinational tall ships, Cypress and its crew prepared for the 8th District’s reception. More than 150 guests attended the reception including: four flag officers; the Marine Corps Forces Reserve commander; representatives from Navy Region Southeast and Navy Expeditionary Group Two; senior officers; city officials; and Cypress’ crew. Guests were given an elegant service and dining experience by the culinary division who prepared banh mi sliders, strawberry cheesecake bites, and various delicious appetizers throughout the social evening on the buoy deck.