Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton crew conducts Hurricane Irma relief efforts

Damaged observed during an assessment of the St. John's River by the Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton crew in Mayport, Florida, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. The Hamilton crew surveyed the Port of Jacksonville, assessed the status of aids to navigation and surveyed the waterways for hazards in order to provide a clear picture of the damage caused by Hurricane Irma for Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton)

Damaged observed during an assessment of the St. John’s River by the Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton crew in Mayport, Florida, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton began conducting Hurricane Irma relief efforts Tuesday on the east coast of Florida.

The Hamilton crew arrived off the coast of Jacksonville early Tuesday morning, after battling through the narrow band of more than 15-foot seas between Hurricane Irma and Jose throughout the weekend. Upon arrival, the crew began conducting a preliminary assessment of the entrance to the St. Johns River in Jacksonville.

The Hamilton crew deployed its 35-ft Long Range Interceptor small boat to survey the port, whose five man crew traveled up the river, assessed the status of aids to navigation, surveyed the waterway for hazards and made contact with Coast Guard Station Mayport, in order to provide a clear picture of the damage for Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville.

“The Hamilton, one of the newest National Security Cutters in the Coast Guard fleet, is already demonstrating its value and capabilities in its ability to provide helicopter support, small boat operations, medical support, and command and control from off-shore as the cutter and crew respond to the needs of Florida’s citizens following the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma,” said Capt. Mark Gordon, the commanding officer of the Hamilton.

Hamilton is one of two 418-foot National Security Cutters homeported in Charleston, S.C.

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