Last Saturday on Door County Outdoors, Lieutenant Jason Stanko, Executive Officer on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay joined us for a conversation. The Mobile Bay is one of nine cutters in the Coast Guard’s “Bay” Class of icebreaking tugs. The ship’s primary mission is icebreaking, and Stanko says that the Mobile Bay is designed for power…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/stanko1.mp3|titles=LT Jason Stanko- built for power]At full power, the Mobile Bay is capable of breaking up to 30-inches of ice in continuous mode. But Stanko says they saw plate ice of 4 to 4.5 feet thick and encountered windrows of ice that were 6-7 feet thick. He explains the different methods they use while breaking ice…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/stanko2.mp3|titles=LT Jason Stanko- How we break ice]The Mobile Bay is also one of two ships equipped with a 120-foot Aids-to-Navigation barge operating on the Great Lakes which is used during Operation Spring Restore and Fall Retrieve…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/stanko3.mp3|titles=LT Jason Stanko- Aids to Navigation]Stanko also confirmed that Rear Admiral Fred Midgette, Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District will be at next months Coast Guard City celebration in Sturgeon Bay. Listen to our full interview with Lieutenant Jason Stanko and the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay by clicking Door County Fishing Report. This Saturday at 8:30, we’ll have a conversation with Mike Richard from Howie’s Tackle and Archery about their open house/customer appreciation event.