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Barrow: Crewmembers work aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore during a Spilled Oil Recovery System exercise (photos)

120731-G-GW487-001-Barrow SORS Aerial Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore deploy the Spilled Oil Recovery System (SORS) during an exercise near Barrow, Alaska, July 31, 2012. The SORS equipment is a vital asset to the Coast Guard’s Marine Environmental Protection mission and includes booms to sweep oil into a skimmer. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Parker. 120731-G-GW487-002-Barrow SORS Aerial Crewmembers work aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore during a Spilled Oil Recovery System exercise near Barrow, Alaska, July 31, 2012. The crew of the Sycamore is required to maintain proficiency in operating the SORS equipment by conducting an annual training exercise. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Parker. 120731-G-GW487-003-Barrow SORS Aerial Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore anchors off the Barrow, Alaska, coast July 31, 2012, as the crew participates in a Spilled Oil Recovery System exercise during Arctic Shield 2012. Sycamore is a 225-foot buoy tender homeported in Cordova, Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Parker. 120731-G-GW487-004-Barrow SORS Aerial Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore crewmembers deploy the cutter’s Spilled Oil Recovery System equipment near Barrow, Alaska, to conduct training on the ship’s built-in spill recovery gear July 31, 2012. The SORS deployment is part of multi-day preparedness exercise focused on safely dealing with hazardous materials in the maritime environment. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Parker. 120731-G-GW487-005-Barrow SORS Aerial Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore crewmembers deploy the cutter’s Spilled Oil Recovery System equipment near Barrow, Alaska, to conduct training on the ship’s built-in spill recovery gear July 31, 2012. The Sycamore and other ships in the same class are multi-mission and required to keep this equipment on board in the event of a marine hazardous material spill. U.S Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Parker. 120731-G-GW487-006-Barrow SORS Aerial Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore crewmembers deploy the their Spilled Oil Recovery System (SORS) near Barrow, Alaska, July 31, 2012. The skimming system, SORS, has four main steps: concentrate the oily sheen; skim the oil/water mix; pump oil skimmed from the water’s surface; and contain the skimmed oil in a tank or other form of storage so the oil can later be transferred to an appropriate recycling or disposal facility. U.S Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Parker. 120731-G-GW487-007-Barrow SORS Aerial The coast of Barrow, Alaska, just beyond the Coast Guard Sycamore during a Spilled Oil Recovery System exercise July 31, 2012. The SORS equipment is a vital asset to the Coast Guard’s Marine Environmental Protection mission and includes booms to sweep oil into a skimmer. U.S Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Parker. 120731-G-GW487-008-Barrow SORS Aerial An overhead view of the Spilled Oil Recovery System deployment aboard the Coast Guard Sycamore during an exercise near Barrow, Alaska, July 31, 2012. The crew of the Sycamore is required to maintain proficiency in operating the SORS equipment by conducting an annual training exercise. U.S Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Parker.