Coast Guard Cutter Cuttyhunk re-commissioned in Port Angeles

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard Cutter Cuttyhunk and its crew, commanded by Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Smasne, arrived at their homeport of Port Angeles, Wash., December 25, 2007 after the cutter spent several months at the Coast Guard Yards in Baltimore, Md.

The Cuttyhunk’s return to the Olympic Peninsula concludes a 7,300 nautical mile transit from the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Md.

The Cuttyhunk departed the service’s only shipyard November 20 after a six million dollar overhaul of that included the two main diesel engines, the two generators, all the electrical wiring and vital communication and navigation equipment. The upgrades were part of the service’s Mission Effectiveness Project (MEP). The MEP is designed to replace aging systems on board select ships in order to improve reliability, reduce future maintenance costs and meet required mission hours. The project is intended to maintain effective missions of the 110-foot Island Class cutters for an additional 15 years.

Primarily built as a law enforcement platform, the Cuttyhunk is considered a multi-mission resource used in search-and-rescue, marine environmental protection and homeland security missions. The normal crew consists of one officer, two chief petty officers and 13 enlisted personnel.

SEATTLE - Coast Guard Cutter Cuttyhunk, a 110-foot Island-Class patrol boat, was re-commissioned February 22, 2008 at it's homeport of Port Angeles, Wash. (Official Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David R. Marin)

SEATTLE – Coast Guard Cutter Cuttyhunk, a 110-foot Island-Class patrol boat, was re-commissioned February 22, 2008 at it’s homeport of Port Angeles, Wash.

Official Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David R. Marin

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