The U.S. Coast Guard is a long way from home.
But its first trip to the Yuma harbor, as the ship was christened in 2016, is a harbinger of what the Coast Guard can accomplish in the coming years.
“It was one of the most significant things I’ve ever done,” said Lt.
Col. David L. Cottrell, the command ship’s director of operations.
“It’s an opportunity to build relationships, build connections, build trust.”
With a crew of nearly 5,000 people, the Coast Guardship Yuma is the first of its kind on the U. S. West Coast.
For years, it has been used for rescue missions by Coast Guard crews to search for lost ships in the Gulf of Mexico, Pacific Northwest and Alaska.
The Yuma, which was christled in 2016 at the Coast Mariners Association shipyard in Yankton, Wash., is one of seven Coast Mariners vessels in the U and Alaska that have been assigned to rescue crews searching for missing ships.
The ship has been on a three-month mission in the North Pacific, helping search for a floating oil tanker, a floating rubber dinghy and a floating aircraft carrier.
The Coast Mariners shipyard and its sister shipyard, the Alaska Coast Mariners, have worked together for more than a decade to develop a technology that allows the Yumas technology-laden command ship to sail to any port in the Pacific and to locate the missing vessels in just minutes.
The Yumans ship, which is about 60 feet long and 50 feet wide, has a large, two-person command ship cabin with an air-conditioning system.
It is powered by a Pratt & Lehr-Wright turboprop engine, a diesel engine and a turbine generator.
It can carry about 10,000 gallons of water to the surface.
The vessel is equipped with an automated, GPS-based radar that can be used to locate and search for missing vessels.
The ship is equipped to deploy a helicopter to take photographs of the floating aircraft carriers, which can be seen in the distance.
The helicopter can also be used as a lookout to locate missing ships and to find the ship if it is not located.
The crew is assigned to a task called “prepositioning” and the task includes identifying the floating oil ships and then deploying an aircraft carrier as well as a search and rescue team to locate them.
When the Yums ship arrives at a port, it is anchored by a crane.
The crane lowers the YUMAs crew into the water.
The crew then deploys an aircraft and helicopters, while the helicopter drops a boat with the crew and supplies to the floating boats.
The Coast Mariners are also responsible for maintaining the YMs command and control system.
“When we get there, we can go through a series of prepositioning procedures and we are able to get the ship back into the sea, back into our area,” said Cottell, who is the Yams shipmaster.
“Then we can take it out to sea.
That’s where the real power of the Coast Mereman comes into play.”
For the first time in its history, the YMAs command ship will be anchored in the West Coast, near Portland, Ore.
The Navy also will provide support for the ship as it searches for floating oil vessels and other floating debris.
The U of M will provide the Coast Marines with air support during this search and recovery mission.
“We will get a good sense of what our role is, what is going on, what we’re going to do,” Cottrill said.
“We’re not going to be doing any kind of traditional search and rescues.”
The Coast Marines will provide water, food and medical care to the Coast Managers aboard the Yummy and provide the support to the Navy.
The mission will last about 90 days, with the ship being moored at a dock in Yunkai, Ore., during the duration of the mission.
The mission is intended to give the Coast Marshals the opportunity to review the situation and plan for the future, the Navy said.
The ships will then be towed back to the dock and then the Coast Navies will take over.
The goal is to have the Yummies command ship, and Coast Mariners command ship at the same time, according to Cottill.
The Navy said the mission will allow the Coast Mangles to work with the Coast Marine Corps to better prepare for future maritime missions.
The goal is for the Coast to be able to respond to a future maritime disaster, Cottilli said.
“The Coast Marshalls have an excellent track record of responding to disasters,” Cill said.
The coast is also looking to partner with the Maritime Maritime Security Alliance, a maritime security and intelligence organization, to help identify potential threats and respond.
The effort is being led by the Coast Maritime Security Group, which includes the Coast Air National Guard