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Cruisingdad 07-31-2013 02:00 PM

Coast Guard Tour
 
This post is late, but just now have time to post it.

Before we left St Pete, the USCG put on a open house. We were hesitant about it at first, but it was fantastic! It is a must see for those that can make one.

They have everything tere from their cutters and utility ships, to the smaller patrol boats. You are welcome to walk all through them and all the crew and officers answer questions. Super, super friendly people.

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/n...ps4a4421a3.jpg


We got to see a c130 (is that the right plane??) fly right over us and that thing was seriously loud.

THey also do a live rescue from a helo. For those that have never seen this, it is pretty incredible. I cannot imagine doing this in a real sea, and those things are loud too. It would be great training for everyone that is going to go on a long passage to see what they do and how they do it. It was an eye-opener for us. The rescue swimmer that jumps from there is one seriously brave fellow!!


http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/n...ps5e6bebeb.jpg


http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/n...ps6fd4a1f7.jpg

They even show you their weaponry (not loaded) and have safety classes. IIRC, the USCG (just ST Pete) had over 1400 rescues on the water last year! 1400! I forget how many millions of dollars of drugs they intercepted, but that was staggering too.

Anyways, if anyone ever gets a chance to check it out, it is well worth it. Really makes me proud of the guys and gals that are out there watching out over us. A big thanks! Kids will never forget it.

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/n...ps587c1e93.jpg

Brian

kellysails 07-31-2013 06:00 PM

Re: Coast Guard Tour
 
Thanks for sharing!

I'm a big coasty fan. While I did spend four and half years in the Marine Corps, which I loved, in hindsight (somewhat) I regretted that I did not enter the Coast Guard. My last twenty years on the water has certainly influenced that thought process.

Seaduction 07-31-2013 06:10 PM

Re: Coast Guard Tour
 
HOORAH!

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Originally Posted by kellysails (Post 1067338)
Thanks for sharing!

I'm a big coasty fan. While I did spend four and half years in the Marine Corps, which I loved, in hindsight (somewhat) I regretted that I did not enter the Coast Guard. My last twenty years on the water has certainly influenced that thought process.


jimgo 07-31-2013 10:48 PM

Re: Coast Guard Tour
 
I was a civilian employee of the USCG a few decades ago, and met many Coasties. I agree with you, Brian, I'm glad they are there. They are the unsung heroes of our armed forces.

jeepjeff 08-01-2013 04:35 AM

Re: Coast Guard Tour
 
Glad you enjoyed it! Years ago, when we had a slow pitch softball team we would invite the Saginaw River CG squad to a game and then would bbq after. Very good times were had by all and, although they were very competitive, we got to meet a great bunch of people.


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