Coast Guard Cutter Thetis returns to Key West, Florida

7th Coast Guard District NewsKEY WEST, Fla. — The Coast Guard Cutter Thetis returned to Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., Friday following an 11-month maintenance period at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Md.

The cutter Thetis underwent an 11-month Mission Effectiveness Program (MEP) at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore. The purpose of the lengthy maintenance period was to extend the service life of the cutter long enough for replacement cutters to be built. During this time period contractors revamped many of the engineering systems and living quarters aboard the Thetis. Improvements included a new machinery control system, new damage control equipment for fire protection, and refurbished living spaces for the crew.

In late January 2012 the Coast Guard Yard signed the cutter Thetis back over Cmdr. Doug Schofield, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Thetis.

The cutter Thetis is one of the two Medium Endurance Cutters stationed in Key West and is responsible for conducting search and rescue, law enforcement, and homeland security missions throughout the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean.

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