9 years of shipboard duty, 7 hurricanes, 2 North Atlantic gales (perfect storm weather), four years in Gulf of Alaska. Hairiest part was SAR, always was in worst possible weather. when other ships/fishing boats/commercial crabbers were ducking into port to avoid weather, we were headed out to rescue the stragglers.
I'm glad you asked this question. The Coast Guard is almost a mystery. They save drowning victims, inspect vessels, intervene drug smuggling, but they do need to step up their advertising and PR image. They catch the brunt of jokes within the military community, but some of their vessels look like they would inflict SERIOUS pain! They have neat aviation toys as well. The guys that dive into arctic waters knowing they only have moments to say alive themselves? Forget about it!!! I wish we had more active members on RallyPoint. The 3 that are well known to us are among the best people I have ever interacted with on here. I'd actively recruit them to join, but everybody knows how busy the Coasties are in the desert of Arizona.
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