>Kodiak, Alaska, Tuesday 30 SEP 2008

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USCGC ACUSHNET (WMEC 167) is a medium endurance Coast Guard Cutter home ported in Ketchikan, Alaska. She has a stellar crew of 80 personnel and carries enough fuel to be able to transit around the world. Built as a Salvage Tug during World War II, ACUSHNET is built for towing and is an ideal platform for Search and Rescue and Law Enforcement in the Bering Sea and the Arctic. As the oldest commissioned Cutter in the Coast Guard’s inventory, ACUSHNET carries the distinction of being “Queen of the Fleet” as noted by her gold numbers.

Good Morning!

Welcome to a little window in our world on America’s Last Frontier. The ACUSHNET has a long and storied history which we will let you know about in upcoming entries. She earned three battle stars in WWII and has sailed in every ocean the Coast Guard patrols. In our inaugural blog, I just want to tell you what an honor it is to serve with these fine Guardians who make up the crew of the ACUSHNET.

We are currently moored at the Coast Guard Base in Kodiak, Alaska while our boarding teams and bridge crews receive a four day intensive course on Alaskan Fisheries. Once we have completed the course, we will be departing to carry out our missions of Search and Rescue and protection of our fisheries in the Bering Sea.

We departed our homeport, Ketchikan, Alaska on 15 September 2008 and have spent the last two weeks conducting intensive training for the crew to get them ready for the patrol ahead. We tested our new propellers and engines by completing a full power trial which is an annual requirement for the Cutter. Not only did we pass the test, but we were able to achieve a speed of 17 knots which we were unable to do so before.

More tomorrow!

Cmdr. Andy Sugimoto, Coast Guard Cutter ACUSHENT (WMEC 167) Commanding Officer

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