USCGC KINGFISHER (WPB 87322)
Personal mailing address:
USCGC KINGFISHER (WPB 87322)
4200 Ocean Street
Atlantic Beach, Florida 32233
Phone: (904) 564-7600
Fax: (904) 564-7612
KINGFISHER's primary missions are the Enforcement of Laws and Treaties (ELT) and Search and Rescue (SAR) within
Sector Jacksonville’s area of responsibility (AOR). The AOR encompasses an area from St. Mary's River (FL/GA) line to
just South of Cape Canaveral. KINGFISHER normally completes two to three short ELT patrols each month, with primary
enforcement focused on commercial fisheries. Though fisheries enforcement is our primary ELT mission, other
operations include Counter Drug Ops, Alien Migration and Interdiction (AMIO), Defense Readiness, Environmental
Protection and Maritime Security around the Kennedy Space Center for manned space flights.
KINGFISHER has an average of 15 SAR cases per year. Each case may be as routine as a disabled vessel, or as urgent as
a missing swimmer or diver, vessel taking on water, vessel on fire or a downed aircraft. Many cases happen while
KINGFISHER is underway on ELT patrol. However, it is not uncommon for the crew to be recalled during liberty time to
respond to SAR. Normally the cutter and crew are in a recall status for two weeks and then in a maintenance status for
two additional weeks before repeating the cycle. The on-recall period is when ELT patrols are scheduled. Usually patrols
are from 2 to 3 days in length. While the cutter is in a maintenance status, much needed maintenance is completed and
time for the crew to take annual earned leave is provided.
Typical non-rated assignments: When you take your first step aboard KINGFISHER, a new life starts for you. You are an
apprentice, learning the skills and trades of the cutterman as did everyone else aboard KINGFISHER before you.
Although many tasks assigned to junior members are not the most glamorous, they are some of the most important ones
for the upkeep of KINGFISHER’s operational readiness and material condition.
As a Seaman Apprentice your day to day work will be primarily maintaining the exterior and interior surfaces of
KINGFISHER. You will learn skills in surface preparation and painting, seamanship, navigation, basic engineering
fundamentals and maintaining of all rescue and survival equipment.
As a Fireman Apprentice your day to day work will primary assisting with preventive maintenance on the main diesel
engines, generators, auxiliary machinery and damage control equipment. You will learn skills in basic engineering
fundamentals, seamanship and navigation.
These are the basics of your duties whether a SA/SN or FA/FN. You will have the opportunity to excel in many other
collateral duties as long as you show the willingness to excel. Such other duties include small boat coxswain, boarding
team member, and emergency medical technician to name a few.
Inport watch and duty rotation for non-rated members: All newly assigned crewmembers will first break-in with a
qualified watchstander until they complete the minimum skills required to stand duty by themselves. The normal break-in
rotation is a 1-in-3 rotation, which means one full day of duty (24 hours) every third day. Once qualifications are
completed, duty will normally be stood in a 1-in-5 rotation, pending the number of personnel available for duty.
One person, the in port Officer of the Day (OOD), stands KINGFISHER’s in port watch. The OOD is the Commanding
Officer’s direct representative while he/she is not on board. The OOD is responsible for the safety of KINGFISHER and
her crew. They ensure the daily routine is carried out, engineering plant is operational, and take initial action on any
emergency that may arise during the day.
Underway watch and duty rotation for non-rated mbrs: As with in port duty, all newly assigned crewmembers will break
in with a qualified watchstander until they complete the minimum skills required to stand watch underway by themselves.
The normal break-in rotation is a 1-in-3 rotation. While underway, a watch is four hours long, and a 1-in-3 rotation allows
eight hours between watches. Once qualified, the usual rotation is 1-in-4 or 1 in-5.
KINGFISHER's underway watchstander is the Crewman of the Watch (CMOW). The CMOW is a combination of
Quartermaster of the Watch, Boatswain’s Mate of the Watch and Engineer of the Watch wrapped up into one person. The
CMOW is responsible for maintaining the logs and navigational requirements for the cutter and completing engineering
rounds to check all spaces and the engineering plant.
Special procedures for reporting after hours: First, stay in contact with your sponsor and keep them informed of your
travel plans. Try to report in prior to 1400, or contact the cutter and inform the OOD if you’re going to be late.
KINGFISHER's live watch is secured at 2200 along with Sector Jacksonville. The Officer of the Day (OOD) will be on
board the cutter but most likely in the rack and the Base Duty Officer (BDO) will be in the barracks. The only access onto
the base after hours is through an electronic gate. Follow the instructions on the intercom for dialing KINGFISHER or the
If unit is underway, where to report: During normal work hour's (0800-1600) report to Sector Jacksonville Administrative
Office (904-564-7534). The gate guard will direct you to this office. After hours report in to the BDO (904) 591-1705.
How much personal storage space: Extremely limited. You will have room for all issued sea bag items and personal
clothing only. KINGFISHER does have limited secure shore side storage area where you can temporary store larger
Uniform normally worn during the workday: ODU
Area weather: Summers (May-Sep) are normally hazy, hot and humid. Average high temperatures are in the low 90's with
lows in the upper 70's. Winter (Dec-Feb) can be quite cold at times, but average high temperatures are normally in the
50's or 60’s with colder nights. It does dip below freezing in Jacksonville several times during the winter.
Unit mutual assistance representative: Sector Jacksonville handles all Mutual Assistance needs and can be reached at (904-
564-7540) is the local representative.
Types of continuing education available in the area: Florida Community College of Jacksonville, University of North
Florida, several other non regional college campuses (i.e. Webster University, University of Phoenix, etc.) and technical
trade schools. The Coast Guard has a wide verity of ways to earn college credits and a degree without having to step foot
into a classroom. The Educational Service Officer (ESO) will describe in great detail with you upon checking in to the
Ratings present at unit: BM, MK, and FS.
Name of nearest city and distance: Jacksonville, FL, 18 Miles
Name of nearest military facility and distance: Mayport Naval Station located across the street. The Coast Guard base IS
NOT located on the naval station.
Location of nearest exchange and commissary: Mayport Naval Station has a large exchange and commissary located on
Mayport Road (state HWY A1A) prior to entering the Naval Station. It is approximately three miles from the Sector
Jacksonville and main entrance to Naval Station. Sector Jacksonville has a small Coast Guard Exchange.
Religious denominations in the area: You will find nearly all denominations in the immediate area. Naval Station Mayport
offers many services right at the chapel on the station.
If a cutter, common destinations of deployments: KINGFISHER does not have set deployments. The cutter normally just
conducts local patrols within the AOR for no more than four days.
Uniform to report in: Tropical Blue Long.
If sponsor not available, recruit should ask for: The Officer of the Day (OOD) or the Executive Petty Officer (XPO).
Is messing available: Yes
Quarters and or barracks available: You will move into Unaccompanied Personal Housing (UPH), described below in this
Rate of auto insurance for typical 18-21 yr old: $400 for six month policy. Actual insurance rates are hard to calculate
because the rate is based on type of car, driving record, previous insurer and many other factors. Above rate was quoted
by leading national insurance company for full coverage and perfect records.
Is unaccompanied personnel leased housing available: Yes, and is mandatory for single E3 and below while stationed
afloat. You will not be allowed to live on the economy.
Where will a single non-rate more than likely live: UPH assigned housing. Typically, this will be a three-bedroom
apartment shared with two other roommates. Each member having own bedroom and sharing the common spaces. UPH
will cost you only telephone service and cable television, if you chose to have them hooked up. The Coast Guard pays
your rent and utilities (electrical, water and trash). UPH is a privilege and any abuse of polices will result in losing your
right to receiving it, leaving you to live on the cutter.
Should member submit housing application to housing office: No. This will be done as part of your check in process once
you report to KINGFISHER.
Where do most people bank: There are numerous other regional bank branches in the area.
Is there a credit union in the area: Yes
Is there a mall in the area: Regency Square Mall (8 miles from base) or The Avenues Mall (15 miles from base) and St.
Johns Town Center (12 miles from base).
Cost of average two bedroom apartment in the area: $900.00 a month
Current BAH Rats:
Is government owned housing available: No, Privatized Ho 904-564-7528
Where do most dependents live: Arlington, Southside and Inter-coastal areas of Jacksonville
Rate of auto insurance for typical young adult: $100-250 a month Actual insurance rates are hard to calculate because
your rate is based on type of car, driving record, previous insurer and many other factors. Above rate was quoted by
leading national insurance company for full coverage and perfect records.
Where do most dependents receive medical care: Mayport Naval Station Clinic or N.A.S.
Where do members children go to school: Duval County Public School System
What level of tricare is available: All levels of TRICARE are available in the Jacksonville area.
Is delta dental available: Yes
Is it advisable to bring dependents along when reporting? No. It is recommend that you report in to the unit and get
checked in without your dependents. This will avoid undo stress on yourself and your family. Your first few weeks on
the cutter will be your most demanding time while attached.