Coast Guard recruits spend afternoon aboard buoy tender

CAPE MAY, N.J. – Coast Guard Training Center Cape May recruit companies Yankee and X-ray 177 were given a unique opportunity to see first hand everything they learned during their eight weeks at Coast Guard basic training.

On, Sept. 20, 2007, 45 recruits marched to the Training Center Cape May pier here the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Elm, homeported in Atlantic Beach, N.C., welcomed them aboard for an afternoon underway.

“Were here to take both companies underway to show them what the Coast Guard is about,” said Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Powell the commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Elm. “This will give them a heads up for what they’re in for.”

Powell said he wanted the recruits to get a first-hand glimpse at what happens aboard a sea-going buoy tender and wanted them to know this is the real Coast Guard.

The recruits graduated fromĀ  boot camp today, at a ceremony held on the parade field of the training center. One lucky recruit named Catherine Jojola, from Los Lunas, N.M., will be reporting aboard the Cutter Elm Oct. 4.

“I couldn’t ask for anything better,” said Seaman Recruit Catherine Jojola. “I was surprised I got orders to work aboard this buoy tender.”

During several hours underway on the Cutter Elm, the recruits participated in a man-overboard drill and watched the crew pull an 18,000 pound buoy onto the deck of the boat to perform maintenance on it.

“I’m loving it,” said Seaman Recruit Matthew Ferrel of Vineland, N.J. “This is a lot more intense than seamanship class.”

After the recruits returned from their trip underway the crew of the Cutter Elm joined them for a pizza party at the Coast Guard Training Center.

“It’s awesome to see our recruits apply everything we’ve been teaching them,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Darril Kiest, a company commander with Training Center Cape May. “I hope they go out and rock the Coast Guard.”

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