Coast Guard receives new special purpose craft in Kodiak

Coast Guard District 17 NewsKODIAK, Alaska — Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Kodiak received a new 38-foot Special Purpose Craft — Training Boat on Sept. 20.

The SPC-TB is permanently stationed at the ANT Kodiak for use in aids to navigation, training and search and rescue missions. The SPC-TB replaces the ANT’s 41-foot Utility Boat with improvements in performance, crew efficiency and operational availability.

The SPC-TB is the only one of its kind in the Coast Guard. It has been used as a training platform for Coast Guardsmen at boatswain’s mate class “A” school in Yorktown, Va., since September 2010. The students learn the basics of seamanship and boat handling.

The SPC-TB is a Metal Shark aluminum boat built in Jeanerette, La.  A second SPC-TB is scheduled to be stationed with ANT Sitka later this year.

KODIAK Alaska - A Coast Guard 38-foot Special Purpose Craft - Training Boat sits at the fuel pier in Women's Bay at Coast Guard Base Kodiak Sept. 23, 2011.

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