MD DNR Names Vessel After Robert P. Gaudette

Updated: November 26, 2012

In a ceremony to take place at Susan B. Campbell Park, City Dock, Annapolis, MD on Monday, November 26, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), along with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and United States Coast Guard (USCG), is dedicating Maryland’s new Buoy and Debris Response Vessel the Robert P. Gaudette.

DNR will name the 38-foot vessel in honor of the agency’s former Boating Services Director, Robert P. Gaudette, who was named an Admiral of the Chesapeake and who retired earlier this year after 32 years of service.

Oquawka Boats & Fabrications, an Illinois company, built the vessel which is powered by twin OMC 300 hp motors, and has state of the art navigational and charting systems. The boat is designed as a buoy tender, but also has the ability to remove debris in the shallow areas of the Chesapeake Bay.

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