USCGC Escanaba, Photo courtesy Wikipedia

The 270’ Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba returned to its homeport of Boston on February 16, 2013, after a 59-day patrol. While on patrol, the Escanaba’s crew conducted fisheries enforcement in the 1st District and participated in 3 weeks of emergency operations training in Little Creek, Virginia.

The crew conducted 17 living marine resources boardings in which boarding teams ensured that all vessels were in compliance with fishing and safety regulations.

The crew also participated in helicopter training in conjunction with Air Station Cape Cod.  Escanaba’s crew trained in several complex evolutions including vertical replenishment, hot in flight refueling and ultra-low visibility approaches. In total they conducted 66 helicopter operations while on patrol.

The 3-week program is designed to test the onboard training teams in their abilities to properly train the crew. Overall, the crew participated in 66 drills ranging from basic damage control to force protection procedures. The final exercise incorporated all training teams and tested the crew’s ability to overcome significant damage to the ship. Drill scores averaged 96 out of 100.

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