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Life After Sept. 11

Local Coast Guard Flotilla got a new boat earlier this year to patrol the waters. It is part of a Department of Homeland Securities initiative to better protect ports.

This photo is a local component to a larger project in coordination with Action America to document how the country has been affected by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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The Coast Guard Station Annapolis, in Bay Ridge, earlier this year took delivery of a new Response Boat to allow it to better patrol Greater Annapolis waters and the Chesapeake Bay.

Since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, improving the safety of major waterways and large ports has been a priority of the Department of Homeland Security. And the bay leads directly into the Port of Baltimore.

The new $2 million, 41-foot boat will improve the Coast Guard’s performance and ability to respond to incidents. The new boat has significantly faster speeds—maximum of 42.5 knots—and a longer range at about 250 nautical miles, according to a release.

While the new boat is designed to enhance response capability, it also is expected to allow crews to extend their searches and patrols of ports and waterways.

Do you have stories to share of significant, or subtle, changes in your life, family, business or community since 9/11? Please share them at john.wilfong@patch.com.

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