>And the training begins…


CGC MAPLE left port in early September to establish the Mt. Edgecombe weather buoy. Unfortunately heavy weather prohibited the MAPLE from setting the weather buoy… ironic, eh?! MAPLE was forced to return to port.
The next day, MAPLE set out for their journey through the Inside Passage, crossing the Canadian Border and finally mooring back in the USA at the CG pier in Seattle on Sunday morning. Throughout the week the crew participates in Fire Fighting and Damage Control Schools. Crew members were able to fight actual fires in a controlled environment, giving them the experience needed to stay calm during an actual casualty.
Also, all ship drivers were able to attend a Navigation Simulator. Surrounded by television screens, they sailed upon the waters of the ‘Big Blue’ and were given different situations, testing their navigational skills and learning about the importance of situational awareness.
After a week of training and taking in the feel for a ‘Big City’ again, MAPLE is headed North to Naval Station Everett to continue the drills, inspections, and evaluations needed to ensure the readiness connoted by their motto, Sempter Paratus!