Coast Guard Cutter Elm returns home from Deepwater Horizon Spill Response

Coast Guard Cutter Elm

USCG file photo

The crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Elm was greeted by friends and family when they returned home to Atlantic Beach, N.C. from the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday.

The Elm’s crew was deployed in May to respond to the Deep Water Horizon oil spill where they conducted oil skimming missions and helped direct operations between the Mississippi Delta and Panama City, Fla.

The Elm was recently dry docked in Tampa, Fla. to undergo oil decontamination prior to returning home.

The Elm is equipped with a Spilled Oil Recovery System specially designed for Coast Guard vessels of its class. The system consists of a fast sweep boom extended over the side of the hull by an outrigger arm, and a weir skimmer that moves the oil collected in the boom onto shipboard storage tanks or a barge alongside the cutter. Using this system in its first extensive operational use, the Elm’s crew skimmed more then 500,000 gallons of oil from the Gulf of Mexico.

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