"Hold on!" yelled the third-class just as our Zodiac OTH (Over The Horizon) boat crossed the ship's wake at 43 knots, sending us airborne for a brief, but terrifying, second. This was my first day on board USCGC Morgenthau (WHEC-722), and the captain had suggested that I join one of his boat crews for a quick orientation. This was no ordinary Zodiac—it was an extremely fast and maneuverable weapons platform with five crew members designed to intercept and engage targets at long range. Sitting in specially designed shock-absorbing saddle seats with electronics consoles in front of each of us, we are turning into the Morgenthau for a high-speed run.
Charting Your Course: Semper Paratus
By Christopher P. Michel