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    USCG CUTTER JARVIS – The Semper Paratus Outfit

     
    USCG CUTTER JARVIS – The Semper Paratus Outfit

    Submitted by P. T. Brent on 24 March 2014 – 21:33No Comment





    USCG CUTTER JARVIS – Our United States Coast Guard…



    The Semper Paratus Outfit



    A Firsthand Experience on the Action Ready U.S.C. G. JARVIS

    By P. T. Brent



    From the Captain’s Cabin ….



    Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

    Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.

    Winston Churchill– 10 November



    When this die hart Marine Veteran had a chance to be an embedded journalist / guest aboard the United States Coast Guard JARVIS (WHEC)*. He jumped at the honor, putting aside a terrific experience. Placing to rest the persistent scuttlebutt amongst the other armed forces, that “one must be over six feet tall to serve on a Coast Guard Cutter”. ”. My respect for the Coast Guard is long and deep. Last year had the pleasure of attending the dedication for the Medal of Honor monument on Guadalcanal, where Douglas Munro USCG gave his life extricating Leathernecks trapped by withering Japanese fire on a remote beachhead.



    The M A S T E R C U T T E R M A N AWARD



    Imagine: Twenty Years at S E A , indeed, a rare award for One Coast Guardsman (often known colloquially as “Coasties”) a stalwart warrant officer, who has spent twenty years at sea. Clearly, this recognition was a halcyon moment. The highlight of the cruise.



    Bravo Zulu – well done to CWO 4 Bradley Stevens USCG



    This battle ready Coast Guard High Endurance Cutter, USCGC JARVIS (WHEC) 725 is a High Endurance Cutter named after the highly decorated Captain David V. Jarvis who led a brave Arctic rescue in 1897. Power by four engines which will propel the ship up to 28 knots or better.



    Ship’s crew is comprised of 21 officers and 157 enlisted men and women, manifestly true to the ship’s motto: Dedicated to Excellence. The ship’s statistics are impressive: 378 feet in length and fresh from a 55 million dollar stem to stern



    The great crew has sky-high morale, thanks in part to the Skipper who has a knack for motivating people – even me. Captain Aaron Davenport graduate of US Coast Guard Academy class of 1984, looks like a classic veteran of the sea type and leads with a gifted combination of discipline, empathy and above all, humor. The JARVIS’ skipper has a soft spoken and effective leadership style.



    The crew works 24/7. When civilians reflect on “cruising”, be assured it is not like the experience our young “Coastguardsmen” have today. Our USCG men and women work long arduous hours. They are professional. Training is perpetual. Case in point – Admiral Manson Brown’ USCG helicoptered onto the rear deck for an official visit. During visit, the helo crew and ship’s crew practiced touch and go landings at sea long into the night. Today’s Coast Guard is sophisticated and ready to support the all facets war of terrorism, from the sea, air and in our harbors and waterways.



    Today’s USCG Commandant, Admiral Thad Allen has issued the following ethos.



    I am America’s maritime guardian.

    I serve the citizens of the United States.

    I will protect them.

    I will defend them.

    I will save them.

    I am their shield.

    For them I am Semper Paratus.

    I live the Coast Guard core values.

    I am a guardian.



    Semper Paratus* – Always Ready, is more than a motto for the USCG JARVIS it is a commitment of honor. The brave men and women of the US Coast Guard are on call, ready to step into harm’s way so that others may live. Always Ready is the essence of their core values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty.



    When these young people leave home to join the Coast Guard much like our Marines, Army, Air Force and Navy, these Coast Guard sailors are fine young Americans, answering the call from every corner of our great nation and eager to serve their country. Once again it makes one contemplate, where and how we secure such extraordinary young people. God bless them all.



    USCG 725 O U T Fair Winds to our fine Coast Guard.



    P. T. Brent, a Hawaii business man, journalist, and former U.S. Marine infantry veteran



    Author’s note: Mahalo nui loa to their outstanding Captain Aaron Davenport; a wise ship’s skipper guides his crew with superhuman patience, calm instruction and all qualities which all spell”Leadership”. & mahalo nui loa the Petty Officer First Class Matthew Couling – one darn good editor



    • The Coast Guard motto is “Semper Paratus “, Latin for “Always Ready” or “Always Prepared



    The United States Coast Guard (USCG) — overall mission of the Coast Guard is to protect the public, the environment, and the United States economic and security interests in any maritime region in which those interests may be at risk, including international waters and United States coasts, ports, and inland waterways.



    Founded by Alexander Hamilton as the Revenue Cutter Service on 4 August 1790, it lays claim to being the United States’ oldest continuous seagoing service. As of October 2006, the Coast Guard had approximately 46,000 men and women on active duty, 8,100 reservists, 7,000 full time civilian employees and 30,000 Auxiliarists



    The crew works 24/7. When civilians reflect on “cruising”, be assured it is not like the experience our young “Coastguardsmen” have today. Our USCG men and women work long arduous hours. They are professional. The system for schools at sea and learning a specified job is in place. Today’s Coast Guard is sophisticated and ready to support the war of terrorism from the sea, air and on land.

    Today’s USCG Commandant, Admiral Allen has issued the following ethos.

    I am America’s maritime guardian.

    I serve the citizens of the United States.

    I will protect them.

    I will defend them.

    I will save them.

    I am their shield.

    For them I am Semper Paratus.

    I live the Coast Guard core values.

    I am a guardian.

    Semper Paratus * – Always Ready is more than a motto for the USCG JARVIS it is a commitment of honor. They are pledge to save American lives and property as evidence by years of awesome service and success. This pledge is seared into each and every Coastguardsman



    When these young people leave home to join the Coast Guard much like our Marines, Army, Air Force and Navy, these Coast Guard sailors are fine young Americans, mostly from small towns and eager to serve their country. Once again it makes one contemplate, where and how we secure such extraordinary young people. God bless them all.

    USCG 725 O U T G O COAST GUARD

    P. T. Brent, a Hawaii business man, journalist, and former U.S. Marine infantry veteran


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