War Ship Mohawk!

Cutter Mohawk

Cutter Mohawk

Here we are in Cartagena, Colombia, SA and we get invited to a tour on the Coast Guard Ship Mohawk.  Not directly however. Genna on Night Hawk had emailed the CG about a tour. They had forwarded the email to Commander  Hendrickson and he graciously said “My boat is yours”!  I’m sure he was partially alluding to us as taxpayers and citizens but so what. We had an invite for today at 12 noon; bring our passports and take a look see. So we changed our plans and came to view her.  We had planned on leaving today for points S and W but because I was slow on getting some of the heavy provisioning done (more beer and soda) we were coming up short. The lack of a thoroughly provisioned boat the opportunity of touring the CG Cutter was enough to make us change our minds.

At noon a group of about a dozen Americans met the Commander (interestingly he was Bi Lingual) outside the dock gate and we were escorted to the ship. Although the boat was now of drinking age (over 18) she still had the grand white look with the bright red strip. We were introduced to the deck officer and

Deck Officer

Deck Officer

Ships Chopper

Ships Chopper

split into two groups to tour. We saw the chopper she carries, the weapons (we hope to never see in operation), the rescue equipment (we hope to never see in operation), and we asked questions of anything we could think of. The vast majority of our questions  were cheerfully answered and only once in awhile were we threatened with an uninvited death if we would end up privy to the specifics of what we had asked. All in good fun.

The CG by all appearances seems to be on a mission more in tune with my philosophy. The drug interdiction part I can do without,  feeling that some of our bone headed politicians just never learned from Prohibition; however,  their search and rescue missions as well as the goodwill embassador missions are what IMHO makes America something to be admired.

On the Bridge

On the Bridge

Many of the countries the  Mohawk arrives at;  the Commander coordinates with the embassies and with other local military departments to do community outreach, building new classrooms for students, clinics, housing etc.  They train and teach other countries how to do law  enforcement on the high seas, how to maintain and run a ship.

We were told stories of adventure and some of hardship. Probably the most interesting was that commanders of the CG vessels are given a great

Officers Mess

Officers Mess

deal of room to do what’s needed to get the job done. This ship had been one of the first at Haiti after the earthquake in ’10. There the Commander saw that Haiti needed immediate medical support and had sent his Corpsman ashore with all the supplies he could muster to save lives and provide relief. All this while the Navy Commanders had to wait for Washington to recognize the problem and clear them for humanitarian duty ashore.

All in all; I was impressed and I was proud.

Go Far
Sail Slow
Stay Long

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