Coast Guard Cutter Dependable returns from 50-day North Atlantic patrol

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable is scheduled to return to the ship’s homeport of Cape May, N.J., Sunday following a 50-day North Atlantic patrol to conduct search and rescue, living marine resource preservation and homeland security operations.

Departing on April 21, the cutter crew began their patrol off the coast of New Jersey, conducting training operations with a rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City. Upon completion of training, the cutter proceeded north toward Georges Bank to enforce fishery and safety regulations.On May 1, the Dependable crew conducted helicopter training operations again, this time off the coast of Massachusetts with a helicopter crew from Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., and law enforcement teams from Maritime Safety and Security Team 91112, based in New Orleans. On May 23, the Dependable represented the cutter fleet while participating in the Coast Guard Academy graduation ceremony in New London, Conn. Anchored in the Thames River, Dependable served as the backdrop while President George W. Bush addressed the graduating cadets.

During the patrol, Dependable boarding teams conducted 38 living marine resources (LMR) boardings in which a total of 11 safety violations were found to include: shaft seal leak; high water alarms; exposed hazards; expired hydrostatic releases on Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB) and life rafts; expired flares and lack of crew safety training. In addition to fisheries boardings, the crew conducted seven ports, waterways, and coastal security (PWCS) vessel inspections prior to allowing those vessels entry into the Port of New York.

During the patrol, the crew enjoyed port calls in Newport, R.I., Halifax, Nova Scotia, New London and Boston.

Capt. David S. Klipp, having reached the end of his tour as commanding officer of the Cutter Dependable, is scheduled to be relieved by Cmdr. Laura M. Dickey during a change-of-command ceremony Thursday.

Coast Guard Cutter Dependable

Coast Guard crews from various units conduct training off the coast of Massachusetts, May 1, 2007.

Members of Maritime Safety and Security Team 91112, based in New Orleans, conducted vertical insertion training from an HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., onto the flight deck of the Cutter Dependable, a 210-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in Cape May, N.J.

The vertical insertion “fast-roping” technique is used by Coast Guard crews to board vessels in adverse weather or to board non-compliant vessels to conduct security boardings. The Honorable Scott W. Lang, mayor of New Bedford, Mass., was aboard the cutter to witness the evolutions.

U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Lt. j.g. Johna Rossetti, Cutter Dependable

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