Coast Guard Cutter Healy update: April 15, 2014

Healy crewmembers taking the new small boat for a spin. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Chapman.

Healy crewmembers taking the new small boat for a spin. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Chapman.

Hello friends and family!

Welcome to the Coast Guard Cutter Healy blog! Or for those of you who have been following for our past deployment or two, welcome back! The ship completed its dockside maintenance period and has also completed a two week shakedown cruise, validating all of the crew and contractors’ hard work during the dockside. Read on for some details about the past two weeks!During the first week of shakedown, one of the main focuses was testing the new small boat. Members from Coast Guard Headquarters Interface Testing and Evaluation Team came underway with the ship to assist in training the crew on the operation of the new small boat, as well as looking at more efficient ways to launch and recover it.

An otter hangs out as the crew conduct anchoring operations near Victoria, British Columbia. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Healy.

An otter hangs out as the crew conduct anchoring operations near Victoria, British Columbia. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Healy.

We conducted several other navigation drills including mooring and unmooring evolutions. And what better place to practice mooring up than Victoria, British Columbia? The mooring evolution actually went so smoothly that the ship didn’t disturb the otter that was eating its lunch on the camelback we moored alongside. A camelback is a piece of wood used to distribute the weight of the ship across pilings of a pier while the ship is moored.

The crew also trained for helicopter operations during two days of flight operations. We worked with MH-65 Dolphin helicopters crews from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles to conduct training for both our crew and for the helicopter pilots. One of the pilots we worked with actually achieved his 500th shipboard landing!

Healy crew conducting air operations with MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Healy.

Healy crew conducting air operations with MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Healy.

To finish off the two week shakedown cruise, the ship hosted friends, families and colleagues aboard for a lunch cruise on Saturday, April 12. Just over 250 guests came aboard for the four-hour cruise. The guests were able to enjoy one of the rare sunny Seattle days out in Puget Sound with the sea breeze in their faces and the smell of grilled hamburgers and hot dogs drifting from the flight deck. Both crewmembers and guests enjoyed food served in the hangar by the amazing galley staff and crew volunteers.

This past week we also recognized our Sailor of the Quarter for the second quarter. Congratulations to MK2 Robert Martin for earning SOQ!!! We also recognized our Ombudsman, Mrs. Irene Orellana for Ombudsman Appreciation Day. Thank you, Irene, for everything that you do for the Healy crew families and friends!!!

That’s all for now. Come back later in May for updates on our next deployment, Arctic West Summer 2014! For more updates and to read about past deployments visit our webpage!

Very respectfully,

LTJG Rebecca Follmer
Public Affairs Officer
USCGC HEALY (WAGB-20)

Ex Arctic Scientia
“From the Arctic, Knowledge”

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