After having been out of port for close to a year, the US Coast Guard Cutter, Mobile Bay, is expected to return to its mooring area on Sturgeon Bay’s west side waterfront Thursday morning. A local contingent will be on hand at about 9AM to welcome the vessel and its crew back home. The public is welcome to join the get-together. The Mobile Bay is celebrating its 40th year of service in 2019, having been launched in December of 1978 and commissioned on September 2nd, 1979. The 140-foot vessel carries a crew of 30 officers and enlisted and operates under the motto, “Breaking the trail, marking the way.” It has been in Maryland going through what the Coast Guard calls a “service life extension project,” one of nine Coast Guard ice-breakers to have been retrofitted under the program.