KODIAK, Alaska â€” Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Kodiak received a new 38-foot Special Purpose Craft â€” Training Boat on Sept. 20.
The SPC-TB is permanently stationed at the ANT Kodiak for use in aids to navigation, training and search and rescue missions. The SPC-TB replaces the ANT's 41-foot Utility Boat with improvements in performance, crew efficiency and operational availability.
The SPC-TB is the only one of its kind in the Coast Guard. It has been used as a training platform for Coast Guardsmen at boatswain’s mate class “A” school in Yorktown, Va., since September 2010. The students learn the basics of seamanship and boat handling.
Media are invited to St. Paul Harbor in Kodiak Tuesday at 1 p.m. to view the boat and get underway in the harbor. Those interested should contact Petty Officer 2nd Class Charly Hengen at 907-487-5700 or 907-321-4505 by 9 a.m. Tuesday.
The SPC-TB is a Metal Shark aluminum boat built in Jeanerette, La. A second SPC-TB is scheduled to be stationed with ANT Sitka later this year.