Honolulu, July 17, 2017 —
Good Day HEALY Blog Enthusiasts! The past two weeks have been full of excitement both inport and at sea. Since our last update, HEALY held a port call in Honolulu, HI, conducted a battery of training and drills and had a few morale events along the way. On July 17th, HEALY will moor in Seward, AK, a favorite haunt of HEALY sailors for a five day logistics and crew rest stop. In Seward, HEALY will mobilize the first of four summer missions, 1701, the 21 day Coast Guard Research and Development Center mission.
On July 4th, HEALY moored in Honolulu, HI in order to onload a number of NOAA drifter buoys for deployment on our trip north, conduct operational tests of HEALY’s Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel (LCVP), and have some crew rest.
During the port call HEALY held three widely attended morale events planned by members of the morale committee. First, crewmembers took time to hike Diamond Head and snorkel in Hanauma Bay. Then, halfway through the portcall, over fifty crew members attended the famous Hale Koa luau, a repeat event from the crew’s last trip to Honolulu. Finally, about ten crewmembers went for their first SCUBA diving trip around the island of Oahu! None of these events would be possible without the careful planning of MSTC Will Winegar, CS1 Lisa Densmore, FN Nichole Zepeda, and SN Frank Lenihan. Thank you all for dedicating your time to make these events a reality!
After our port call in Honolulu, HEALY got underway on a sunny Sunday bound for her home, the Arctic! Before we got too far away from tropical waters, HEALY took the last opportunity to enjoy some swim call! Unfortunately, jellyfish cut our activities a little short, but everyone swam away unscathed. After the brief stop, HEALY continued northbound making best speed on two main diesel engines.
During our second week underway, HEALY continued training new personnel aggressively in new watch positions and refreshing some of our old knowledge. EMCM Scotty Hudson led a training on the use of the ship’s bow thruster for new and old conning officers, the crew conducted a flooding drill, and BM2 Jim Bowell led a pyrotechnics shoot.
This week, ENS Carlie Gilligan, ENS Ryan Carpenter, ENS Sam Wood, M/N Samuel LePage, and MSTC Will Winegar qualified as quartermaster of the watch (QMOW). QMOWs are responsible for maintaining about ten different ship’s logs, assisting the OOD in executing the plan of the day, and helping maintain a safe navigational picture for the safety and security of all those sailing in HEALY. Additionally, ENS Jennifer Haley and MK3 Ashley Harshell qualified as Technician of the Watch (TOW). The TOW is responsible for doing a thorough round of the ship every two hours, and oftentimes, they are the first sent to respond to any reports of casualties aboard HEALY. Hats off to our newly qualified...stand a taught watch!
On Saturday, HEALY recognized three new permanent cuttermen, EM1 Tanner Ralston, CS1 Lisa Densmore, and MK2 Jeffrey Bernard. The designation of Cutterman is held in high regard throughout the Coast Guard. The permanent Cuttermen’s Insignia represents over five years of assignment to sea duty. Permanent Cuttermen are authorized to wear their silver (enlisted) or gold (officer) pins on their uniforms for the duration of their time in the Coast Guard. The ceremony began with a “Cuttermen’s Call,” a gathering of all permanent cuttermen onboard HEALY’s, after which the crew was called to muster and congratulate the new inductees. Congratulations to CS1, EM1, and MK2!
Following the ceremony, HEALY’s crew enjoyed some well deserved holiday routine and the ship’s cadets prepared a farewell meal of spaghetti and Italian sausage allowing the mess cooks to enjoy time off as well. A big thank you to our cadets for stepping up! Sunday closed out with a fish call for all hands organized by F&S3 Sterling Van Horn and EMCM Scotty Hudson. Thanks for your help SUPPO and Master Chief!
I look forward to meeting again after our Seward port call. Check back weekly for more information on HEALY’s Arctic West Summer 2017 mission!
ENS Chris DiBari
Public Affairs Officer
USCGC HEALY (WAGB 20)
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