MAILING ADDRESS: USCGC MELLON (WHEC 717)
Attn: (Crewmember's name)
1519 Alaskan Way South
Seattle, WA, 98134
WELCOME TO THE MELLON
We are excited to have you on board and look forward
to getting to know you during your time with us. MELLON is a great
ship that focuses on safety, professionalism, and teamwork. We believe
in working hard and operating the ship with discipline and proficiency while
having fun and building morale. While on board, you can expect to
learn the ways of the Coast Guard, see exciting parts of the world while
fulfilling MELLON's missions, gain access to skills and qualifications you
need for success in your chosen career path, and make some lifelong friends
along the way.
WELCOME ABOARD MESSAGES
Welcome Aboard Messages are sent to each new recruit before graduation.
Within that message will be unit contact information, your designated
sponsor's name and email address, as well as instructions for reporting to
the cutter. Feel free to call the ship during normal working hours
(keep in mind the three hour time difference) if you have not received your
welcome aboard message. When you call, ask for the ship's office and
five them your name. If there is no answer when you call, it means we
are underway. In that case, send an email to YNC Michael Alexander
(email@example.com) and request the name of your sponsor.
COMMERCIAL PHONE: (206)217-6290
WELCOME ABOARD VIDEO
Copies of MELLON’s most recent Alaska patrol video
are available at TRACEN Cape May for recruits who have been assigned to the
unit. We suggest you ask your company commanders for an opportunity to watch
them before you leave. The TRACEN Cape May Public Affairs Officer will be
able to help locate a copy if necessary. The video provides a glimpse at
what life will be like for you when you arrive, the work you will be doing,
and the fun you will have underway!
firstname.lastname@example.org. The Ombudsman will help you and your family with any
questions about housing, the Seattle area, TRICARE, family life in the Coast
Guard, and other resources for families.
MELLON was designed to perform each of the Coast
Guard’s missions, which include search and rescue, defense operations, law
enforcement, and environmental protection. MELLON typically deploys to the
Eastern Pacific along Central America, and the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea
for fisheries patrols in the north.
Be sure to check out MELLON’s command philosophy
before you report on board by visiting
TYPICAL SA/SN JOB ASSIGNMENTS
“Deckies” are assigned to the deck division
within the Operations Department. The first six months for a Seaman or
Seaman Apprentice reporting aboard will be a busy and exciting time.
Underway, deckies participate in all deck evolutions under supervision of
the Boatswain’s Mate. They are responsible for handling mooring lines,
anchoring the ship, raising and lowering the ship’s small boats, steering
the cutter, and upkeep of MELLON’s exterior.
By the end of four months on board, all SA and SN will
qualify on helm and lookout and in-port security watch standing.
TYPICAL FA/FN JOB ASSIGNMENTS
After your check-in process is completed, you will be
assigned to either the Main Propulsion Division (“Main Prop”) or the
Auxiliary Division (“A-gang”) where you will begin the qualification process
while you assist your assigned division with the daily work routine.
Engineers are responsible for maintaining and repairing systems within and
outside of the engine room, ship fueling, aviation fueling, and small boat
maintenance, among other important tasks.
As a FA or FN, you will qualify as a security watch
stander in port and underway, and an auxiliary (generator) watch stander in
OTHER TYPICAL E2/E3 ASSIGNMENTS
Within 4 months, all E2 and E3 personnel are required to complete basic and advanced
DCPQS, in-port security, and qualifications in their respective divisions.
Underway, break-in (i.e. unqualified) personnel can expect to stand two
4-hour watches each day until qualified. In port security break-ins will be
on a 1 in 3 duty rotation standing two 4-hour watches, meaning they will be
required to stay on the ship once every three days and stand two watches on
their duty day. For qualified
personnel, MELLON is on a 1 in 5 rotation, meaning duty sections stand watch
once every five days.
The Damage Control Officer will set up a training plan
that covers all of the required sections every two months. You may find this
challenging at first, but you will complete it easily within the required
time. Very few exceed the four month standard. This qualification is
necessary for the survivability of the ship. Damage control is the
responsibility of the entire crew, from the Commanding Officer to our newest
Finally, all nonrated personnel will be required to
help the galley by serving as mess cooks on a rotating basis. Mess cooking
is an opportunity to help maintain crew health and happiness and is usually
done for two weeks to one month at a time.
RATINGS REPRESENT AT UNIT
BM, DC, EM, ET, FS, GM, HS, IT, ME, MK, OS, SK, YN. On
some deployments, MELLON will work with aviation rates (AMT, AET) and
intelligence specialists (IS). Non-rates are welcomed and encouraged to
speak with petty officers to learn about various rates and jobs.
The Coast Guard allows advancement to petty officer via
on the job training known as striking,
in lieu of formal “A” school. There are currently no strikeable rates, but
striker programs are subject to change in the future.
INSTRUCTIONS / UNIFORM FOR REPORTING
GETTING TO BASE SEATTLE
If flying into Seattle, find a Shuttle Express Share Ride at the airport and give the driver the address (1519 Alaskan Way South at Pier 36 in Downtown Seattle). Shuttle Express will cost about $20.00, while a taxi will cost $40.00. Alternatively, try the Central Link light rail from SeaTac to Stadium for $3.00. You will be reimbursed for the cost of your transportation. Alternatively, if MELLON is in port, you may call the ship to arrange for a duty van to pick you up from the airport and take you to Base Seattle.
SPECIAL PROCEDURES FOR REPORTING AFTER HOURS
None. Report to Quarterdeck in Tropical Blue
IF THE UNIT IS UNDERWAY WHERE TO REPORT
During working hours, report to the Base Seattle
A&T Program Manager in Building 1. The guards at the front gate will direct
you to the appropriate building.
After working hours, ask the gate security guard to notify the Command Duty
Officer that you are reporting to the MELLON per orders. Call (206) 217-6564
if you run into any problems.
UNIFORM NORMALLY WORN DURING THE WORKDAY
Operational Dress Uniform (ODU) and composite-toed boots. The underway
uniform will be authorized when MELLON is at sea; this is the ODU long or
short sleeved tee shirt and pants with composite-toed boots. Black, brown,
or navy blue deck shoes (i.e. topsiders) are authorized after the workday
RECOMMENDED UNIFORM ITEMS IN ADDITION TO SEABAG
Extra ODU t-shirts, moisture-wicking
undergarments, extra socks (black or plain white athletic crew socks are
Single E2s / E3s will live on board when they
first report to MELLON while being processed for barracks or government
leased housing. Members with personal transportation available are eligible
for government leased apartments, located primarily south of Seattle. New
members will meet with MELLON’s housing officer when reporting aboard to
determine housing arrangements.
Married members or members with dependents will receive
Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) to live on the economy.
Day parking for personnel who commute to work is
available on base during in-port times. Free, long-term, secured parking is
available at Naval Base Everett when MELLON goes underway. If you are
reporting while the cutter is away from homeport, please note that you
cannot leave your automobile on base when you fly out to meet the cutter.
Summer 65-70°, mostly sunny. Winter: 40-50° with
heavy precipitation and light snowfall.
UNIT MUTUAL ASSISTANCE REPRESENTATIVE / CONTACT
ELC2 Aaron McCarthy, (206) 217-6290,
MELLON offers many opportunities for education.
Local colleges such as Washington State University and the University of
Washington offer on-campus and distance learning. There are many other
colleges in the area that accommodate our fluid schedule. Tuition assistance
is available to help students cover costs. Although MELLON’s underway
connectivity is not as fast as in-port connectivity, it is more than
adequate for submitting assignments. When you report aboard, you will have a
chance to discuss educational opportunities with MELLON’s education officer.
BASE SEATTLE FACILITIES / MWR
Base Seattle offers an exchange, laundry
facilities, galley, a large gym with basketball court and fitness classes,
medical clinic and a work-life office.
NEAREST MILITARY FACILITY
There are several military facilities in the
surrounding areas. Naval Base Everett in Everett, WA; Naval Base Kitsap in
Bremerton, WA; and Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, WA all offer
additional MWR services and commissaries.
RELIGIOUS SERVICES IN THE AREA
Seattle and its surrounding areas offer services
for many different religions and denominations. Underway, MELLON provides
Protestant and Catholic services on Sunday mornings.
A passport is good to have for foreign port
calls, but it is not required. Speak to the passport representative at
either TRACEN Cape May or Base Seattle for an official government passport,
especially if you are meeting MELLON in a foreign port of call!
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