NY Naval Militia crews training on Lake Champlain this week

The New York State Naval Militia's Patrol Boat 400 is docked on the Hudson River on Aug. 26, 2009, prior to a random antiterrorism measures program patrol off the Entergy Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, N.Y., by members of the New York National Guard's Joint Task Force Empire Shield, which has been continuously providing military support to civilian authorities since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill) (Released)

WHITEHALL, N.Y. (AP) – Two patrol boats manned by members of New York State’s Naval Militia are conducting training on Lake Champlain over the next few days.

The state Division of Military and Naval Affairs says the two 22-foot long Metalcraft Kingfisher boats will travel 100 miles from the lake’s southern end at Whitehall in Washington County to the Canadian border at Rouses Point in Clinton County.

The purpose of this week’s training is to familiarize the crews with operation of the patrol boats and with navigating on Lake Champlain.

The vessels will also stop at the U.S. Coast Guard station in Burlington, Vermont, as part of the training mission, which begins today and runs through Friday.

The Naval Militia operates a fleet of nine patrol boats which can support federal, state and local agencies.

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