U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant Returns To Port Canaveral After From Productive Patrol
By Space Coast Daily // September 30, 2017
included Training, Operations, hurricane evasion
BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant departed Port Canaveral on August 30 for a fisheries patrol in the 5th Coast Guard District, working along the coast from South Carolina to New Jersey.
Dealing with limited patrol time and the daunting task of hurricane evasion, Vigilant had another productive patrol filled with training and operations including a search and rescue case, helicopter refueling, fisheries boardings, nighttime pyrotechnics training, and as always, significant qualifications and promotions.
The crew enjoyed two port calls in Little Creek, VA and Wilmington, NC.
Upon departing homeport, Vigilant was tasked with working a Search and Rescue case off the coast of South Carolina.
Vigilant supported Sector Charleston for three days completing search patterns in an attempt to locate two people who were reported missing.
With multiple Coast Guard assets involved, Vigilant became an important player in extending the range of a search helicopter. While conducing a search pattern a MH-65 from Air Station Savannah requested to refuel on scene.
The crew made the ship ready within 30 minutes and their quick action prevented the helicopter form having to return to land to refuel.
It was a unique opportunity to work directly alongside several Coast Guard patrol boats, helicopters, U.S. Navy patrol planes and Sector Charleston to assist the local community.
“Our Boarding Teams gained experience and training conducting boardings on both recreational boats and commercial fishing vessels,”said Commander Dubay. “Vigilant Boarding Teams are deployed to ensure the safety of the personnel onboard the vessels and the adherence to fishery regulations.
“Our crew’s professionalism interacting with the public onboard these vessels helped to promote a positive view of the Coast Guard to the local fishing fleet.
“While this patrol was much shorter than most in my time at sea, it was great to see the superb attitude and effort of the crew through several storm avoidance maneuvers including an unexpected fuel stop in Little Creek.
“Thank you to our families for keeping us informed during Hurricane Irma, we were comforted knowing you remained safe through the storm. I look forward to another productive inport and much needed time with family and friends.”
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