Supporting Coast Guard Units

 Special Support is non-routine mission requiring extra planning and is often a short notice event

   On 15 January, the flotilla was requested to support the cutter Block Island which was the subject of a Fox News story.  We quickly assembled a crew, got the required permissions for out of season cold weather work and on 18 January supported the Coast Guard mission.  The story aired on 13 February using footage of the Block Island short from our Auxiliary facility:

Mission briefing on foredeck

  Foredeck all-hands mission briefing
 The cutter makes its approach
 Cutter Approaching

 Vessel in Distress

 Tired boaters on vessel in "distress" await help
 Cutter lowering rescue craft
 Cutter lows rescue boat
 picking up Fox film crew Changing roles after receiving assistance, we load the Fox News crew on our vessel
We are now the platform for the new crew filming the cutter
Cutter pick up rescue swimmer
  Another new mission, safety boat for swimmer just getting back on board