A Day in the life of the Coast Guard Cutter Hickory

Julia Kingrey of The Homer Tribune has a great story today following the crew of the Hickory during a day of evaluations. She offers an accurate look at the conditions Coast Guard crews work under.

It’s a dark and stormy morning aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory. Gale-force winds push the ship’s wheeled entry ramp violently from side to side. Black waves crash against the hull, and the 225-foot ship steadily sways in response.

Chief Warrant Officer Scott McAloon is also in a good mood. The Hickory’s crewmembers are being tested on their responses to shipboard emergencies today, and organizers are pleased with the challenging weather.

“This is great,” McAloon says, surveying the surging waves on the still-dark horizon. The morning forecast predicted eight-foot swells. “We need to be able to get out there no matter what the weather, no matter what time it is.”

A group of Navy evaluators from Honolulu are less enthusiastic about the ominous weather.

The full story is available at The Homer Tribune.

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