In February of 2009 the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter ANACAPA, homeported in Petersburg, AK, left their cutter in the hands of the Legacy Sustainment Support Unit (LSSU) at the CG Yards in Baltimore, MD. Yesterday, ten months later, the crew of the ANACAPA performed brilliantly as they exercised the cutter through Sea Trials in the Chesapeake Bay. The completion of sea trials marks the first major milestone in their roughly two month voyage home to Southeast Alaska. The crew of the ANACAPA arrived in Baltimore a week ago and began loading equipment, personal items, food and supplies onboard the 110 foot cutter. In only two short days they had restored the ship to livable condition and began living aboard. After three days they had re-established the galley and resumed normal shipboard life – quite an accomplishment in such a short time! As the 10th 110 foot cutter to undergo the Mission Effectiveness Project (MEP) at the CG Yard, the ANACAPA underwent minor hull renewal, a generator upgrade, complete rewiring, a full systems groom, a fresh coat of paint, and many other upgrades and renewals in an effort to standardize the Coast Guard’s patrol boat fleet and extend the service life of these 20 to 30 year old cutters.

The ANACAPA will continue training out of Baltimore, MD and then depart for Petersburg, AK later this month. Updates will be posted here periodically.