US Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Quonset Point, RI

Ship Visit - U.S. Coast Guard Cutter WILLOW


Rhode Island Sea Cadets took advantage of the statewide school vacation week with several interesting activities during the week. On Tuesday, 21 February, NCBC Cadets were joined by several of their shipmates from FALCON Division in Providence for an afternoon visit aboard the US Coast Guard Cutter WILLOW (WLB-202), while it was pierside at Naval Station Newport. The Cadets were given a thorough briefing and tour of the WILLOW's command, control and propulsion spaces, with an emphasis on the ship's mission and capabilities. The afternoon's program was put together by the Chief's Mess aboard WILLOW, who were superb in their professionalism and enthusiasm with the visiting Cadets. The Cadets in turn were very impressed with the level of technology used to operate WILLOW, and more than a few of them left the ship with the realization that the Coast Guard had much to offer as they continue to plan for their own personal futures. We are grateful for the support of Commanding Officer LCDR Jeffrey Dow, and for the efforts of EMCS Boyd and the crew of WILLOW for making this a visit to remember.

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Crest of USCGC WILLOW

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The Cutter JUNIPER, aft of WILLOW
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Hydraulic ram for rudder control
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Principles of hydraulics
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In the engine room
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Exploring the ship
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Proper egress through the scuttle
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Cadets test access in the new scuttle
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Entering the propulsion spaces
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Engine room tour begins
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Briefing on twin diesel engines
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Cat 3608 diesels, 3100 BHP at 900 RPM
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Engine operations explained
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Cadet takes in the view of main engine room
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Looking down on the engines below
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Briefing on propulsion control room
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Ship's routine ops explained
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Compartment hazards discussed
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How to use a "dead man stick"
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In the auxiliary machinery room
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AMR functions explained
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CG PO1 gives technical details
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Crossing the compartment
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Piping systems pointed out
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Ship's electrical systems explained
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Why it's called a "dead man stick"
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Main engine control room
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Monitoring propulsion systems
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Leaving the engine room
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Wastewater systems explained
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Tank inspection duties explained
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Over "shaft alley"
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Moving up to the bridge
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Ship command and control stations
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The Skipper's view is displayed
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PO1 describes main deck operations
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STBD control station, by the Big Chair
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Watchstanding duties explained
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Taking in the expanse of the bridge
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Port side control station
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Q&A on bridge operations
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Cadets chart a new course
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Debriefing in WILLOW's mess deck
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WILLOW EMCS describes Coast Guard life
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Cadets bid adieu to their hosts
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Thank you WILLOW!





 
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