The boatswain mate’s eyes tire while standing bridge watch after an all-night law enforcement case. Inevitable petty bickering arises once the ice cream supply dwindles after day four of a three-week patrol. The tension builds as 24 crewmembers on a fast response cutter live and work constrained to just 154 feet. Yet that tension fades as the messdeck erupts in laughter during the daily lunchtime viewing of The Price is Right. It fades under the triumphs of teamwork as the crew interdicts a ‘go-fast’ boat and prevents a load of illegal narcotics from reaching U.S. shores. The tension is then replaced entirely with joy as the electronics technician finally sees the green flash from the setting sun at sea for the first time. These are just a glimpse of the emotions of everyday life at sea on board a Coast Guard fast response cutter (FRC).
How the Miami Cutter Fleet is Adapting to COVID-19
By Lieutenant Commander Kristopher Ensley, U.S. Coast Guard