Get to know your District: Coast Guard Cutter Naushon crew

The Coast Guard Cutter Naushon floats just off the bottom at low tide in Ketchikan, Alaska, Aug. 4, 2012.  Tidal fluctuations can exceed 22 feet in south eastern Alaksa.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

The Coast Guard Cutter Naushon is a 110-foot Island-class patrol boat homeported in Ketchikan, Alaska. The Naushon has a crew of 17 members that conduct missions such as law enforcement, search and rescue, fisheries and pollution response. Meet a few of the crewmembers who serve and protect aboard the ship.


Lt. Diana Ferguson

Lt. Diana Ferguson, the commanding officer of the Naushon, reported aboard along with 13 new crewmembers. As her first command assignment, Ferguson said she was lucky to get an amazing crew that was willing to dive right into cutter life. When she is not underway, Ferguson is with her husband, her two dogs and her cat. She enjoys spending time playing roller derby, hiking and doing arts and crafts. When her tour aboard the Naushon is complete, Ferguson plans to spend a year in graduate school majoring in performance technology.Lt. Diana Ferguson, the commanding officer of the Naushon, reported aboard during the summer of 2014 along with 13 new crewmembers. As her first command assignment, Ferguson said she was lucky to get an amazing crew that was willing to dive right into cutter life. When she is not underway, Ferguson is with her husband, her two dogs and her cat. She enjoys spending time playing roller derby, hiking and doing arts and crafts. When her tour aboard the Naushon is complete, Ferguson plans to spend a year in graduate school majoring in performance technology.

 

 

 

 

Petty Officer 2nd Class Alex West

This year has brought a lot of firsts to Petty Officer 2nd Class Alex West. He reported to his first cutter, came to Alaska for the first time and he and his wife had their first child. West reported to the Naushon as an independent duty gunner’s mate eight months ago. His responsibilities on board include maintaining the cutter’s armament, helping the crew with weapons qualifications, and supervising the cutter’s law enforcement program. Shortly after reporting, he welcomed his daughter Elizabeth.This year has brought a lot of firsts to Petty Officer 2nd Class Alex West. He reported to his first cutter, came to Alaska for the first time and he and his wife had their first child. West reported to the Naushon as an independent duty gunner’s mate eight months ago. His responsibilities on board include maintaining the cutter’s armament, helping the crew with weapons qualifications and supervising the cutter’s law enforcement program. Shortly after reporting, he welcomed his daughter Elizabeth.

“I am still getting used to being a father,” said West. “It’s different to worry about someone more than yourself.”

With patrols on the cutter that are typically 5-10 days, West is not away from his wife and daughter for extended periods of time. When he is off-duty, he enjoys playing video games and shooting his firearms. He also recently became a licensed amateur radio operator, allowing him to communicate on radio frequencies reaching people in places such as Russia and Germany. Native to Washington, West wanted to be stationed in Alaska during his career.

“My favorite part about being on a cutter in Alaska is mooring up every night in places that could be on a postcard,” said West.

 

Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Sargent

Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Sargent is a member of the engineering department aboard the Naushon. He wanted to come to Alaska to enjoy hunting, fishing and the outdoors while his two kids are still young. After being on the Naushon for 18 months, Sargent is scheduled to transfer and advance this summer.Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Sargent is a member of the engineering department aboard the Naushon. He wanted to come to Alaska to enjoy hunting, fishing and the outdoors while his two kids are still young. After being on the Naushon for 18 months, Sargent is scheduled to transfer and advance this summer.

“I have enjoyed the experience of living in Alaska,” said Sargent, “but being an engineer on a cutter here can be challenging.”

The remoteness of the Naushon’s homeport of Alaska can cause delays for receiving parts, making some aspects of his job difficult. Although the seclusion of the boat creates some challenges, it also yields a very close crew.

“The crew here is great,” said Sargent. “We are definitely more close-knit than my previous crews because Ketchikan is so small.”

 

 

 

Seaman Chris Marenco

Not only is Seaman Chris Marenco new to the Naushon, he’s new to the Coast Guard. After graduating bootcamp in July 2015, Marenco reported to the cutter.Not only is Seaman Chris Marenco new to the Naushon, he’s new to the Coast Guard. After graduating bootcamp in July 2015, Marenco reported to the cutter.

“When I arrived here the crew was very welcoming,” said Marenco. “One of the guys bought me an Alaskan burger and showed me around.”

A Miami native, Marenco had hoped to come to Alaska for a change in weather and scenery, something different. He enjoys the small-town community of Ketchikan and being stationed on the Naushon. He recently became fully qualified crewmember, and his goal is to become a damage controlman.

“He has the desire to advance and a thirst for knowledge,” said Petty Officer 3rd class Matthew Benevides, Marenco’s supervisor.

 

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonah Patterson

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonah Patterson is the independent duty food service specialist aboard the Naushon. Although he is a native of Hawaii, Alaska is not unfamiliar to him. Prior to reporting to the Naushon, Patterson spent two years at Coast Guard Air Station Sitka. Being an independent food service specialist allows him to run the galley for the ship’s 17-member crew.Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonah Patterson is the independent duty food service specialist aboard the Naushon. Although he is a native of Hawaii, Alaska is not unfamiliar to him. Prior to reporting to the Naushon, Patterson spent two years at Coast Guard Air Station Sitka. Being an independent food service specialist allows him to run the galley for the ship’s 17-member crew.

“It’s a lot of fun cooking for this crew,” said Patterson. “ It’s nice knowing they enjoy my food and they are always open to trying new things, allowing me to be more creative with my cooking.”

Patterson shops for groceries before underway trips and during port calls, prepares three meals a day while underway and does the administrative duties that go along with the job.

“I like independent duty,” said Patterson. “It gives me freedom and control in my job. It’s fun to be able to cook what I want and what I think the crew will like.”

Patterson has only been a member of the Naushon crew for seven months, but he has made a good impression on the crew.

“It really doesn’t matter what he makes,” said Seaman Chris Beazley, a Naushon crewmember, “it’s always good.”

 

 

 

 

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