Re-enlistment on ice: U.S. Coast Guard cutter crew takes break for ceremony

    Wednesday the USCG Cutter Hollyhock was breaking ice in the Straits of Mackinac, BM3 Jacob Northup re-enlisted on ice. Photo courtesy: USCG

    STRAITS OF MACKINAC, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- It's not your run of the mill swearing-in ceremony, but it couldn't be more fitting for the crew members of the Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock.

    Wednesday while the ship was breaking the ice in the Straits of Mackinac, BM3 Jacob Northup mentioned he was set to re-enlist and said it would be unique to have the swearing-in before the ship got underway. Northup said his Captain loved the idea and the ceremony took place.

    After posting the photos on the U.S.C.G Hollyhock and U.S.C.G Great Lakes Facebook pages, people have been congratulating Petty Officer Northup and also thanking the hardworking crews on the Great Lakes.

    The U.S. Coast Guard National Ice Rescue School even responded on a Facebook post with "The most Coast Guard thing we've seen all week!"

    "The responses have been overwhelming. I'm beyond grateful for the opportunity to serve another four years in the Coast Guard. This was a once in a lifetime experience, and I'll never forget it," wrote Petty Officer Jacob Northup.

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