>At sea, 08-09 Oct 2008

>ACUSHNET is currently riding out a storm in the protection of the Shumagin Islands. The storm currently covers most of the Bering Sea and Western Alaska and packs winds in excess of 70mph. We will stay here for a couple of days so that the worst can pass before we move on again. For the weather fans, it is a 960 mb low.

One of the hallmarks of Coast Guard operations is our ability to do small boat ops in most weather conditions. It could be for Search and Rescue, law enforcement, homeland security or a myriad of other missions, but we are very good at it. The driver’s of the small boats are called Coxswains or Coxns. One of the best onboard ACUSHNET is BM2 Phil Ketcheson. BM2 Ketcheson hails from Juneau, AK and together with his wife Jodie are expecting their first child. In addition to his Coxn duties, BM2 K is a quartermaster of the watch (helps navigate), a law enforcement boarding officer, and one of the leaders on board.

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