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From One Cutter to Another

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Bilodeau Photo The last two weeks we were on the USCGC Healy we went underway twice for about five days each. It was a great experience and we learned a lot about the crew, Healy’s missions, and what life would be like on an icebreaker. The whole time we were underway we tried getting our qualifications and sign-offs completed. It was time for Healy to do underway drills, such as fire, flooding, man overboard, and abandon ship drills. We participated in some of the drills and shadowed the crew to learn the initial response for each situation. Sometimes the drills seemed monotonous but it is better to be safe and learn how to handle serious emergencies early. We moored in the beautiful city of Victoria, British Colombia where we caught our plane the next morning to head to Eagle.


Arriving in Baltimore, we reported to Eagle mid-June and started our journey throughout the northeast. It was so nice seeing many of my friends and classmates after six weeks. Underway on Eagle for the first 10 days was tiring but I certainly learned a lot. The group of 3/c that I was with as a division was a great group; we bonded well, taught each other random knowledge, and helped each other stay focused.


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Exploring Seattle

(Just for Fun, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Bilodeau Photo Finals week is behind me and I ended the second semester strong. On May 5th, I headed to CGC Healy. Healy is a 420-foot icebreaker out of Seattle, Washington. I have never been to Seattle, so that was an amazing adventure. Healy was undergoing dockside maintenance so the 16 of us 3/c that were assigned to the ship worked from 0700-1300 and had many days to explore the city. The Coast Guard base is only about two miles from downtown so I walked to Pike’s Market or went for strolls by the water every chance I got. I remember it raining maybe twice the entire time we were in Seattle.


Some days we took the morale bikes to explore, went to baseball games, or visited museums and the Space Needle. My uncle lives in Seattle so I visited him a few times, gaining an additional perspective on the city. I felt privileged to go to Seattle and spend time with 15 of my classmates, which really helped me get to know new friends.


More about Christina.