USCGC SHRIKE (WPB 87342)
USCGC SHRIKE (WPB-87342)
9235 Grouper Road
Cape Canaveral, Florida 32937
Ship Phone: 321-868-4258
Office Phone: 321-868-4248
Unit missions: SHRIKE'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 the southern
Georgia coast south to the central eastern coast of Florida (Melbourne Beach, just south of Cape Canaveral). SHRIKE
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 and unmanned rocket launches.
SHRIKE 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 SHRIKE
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 SHRIKE, a new life starts for you. You are an
apprentice, learning the skills and trades of the cutterman as did everyone else aboard SHRIKE 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 SHRIKE’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 SHRIKE.
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 SHRIKE’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 SHRIKE 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.
SHRIKE's underway watchstander is the Crewman of the Watch (COW). The COW 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 COW 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 1300, or contact the cutter and inform the Officer of the Day (OOD) if you’re going
to be late. SHRIKE's live watch is secured at 2200. The OOD will be on board the cutter but most likely in the rack and
the Station OOD can be contacted through the Communications Center. The only access onto the base after hours is
through an electronic gate. Follow the instructions on the intercom for dialing the communications center.
If unit is underway, where to report: During normal work hour's (0800-1600) report to Station Port Canaveral’s OOD
(321-868-4200). After hours report into the OOD (321-868-4200).
How much personal storage space: Extremely limited. You will have room for all issued sea bag items and personal
clothing only. SHRIKE does have limited secure shore side storage area where you can temporary store larger personal
Uniform normally worn during the workday: ODU
Recommended uniform items in addition to seabag issue: None
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.
Unit mutual assistance representative: Sector Jacksonville handles all Mutual Assistance needs and can be reached at (904-
Types of continuing education available in the area: Brevard Community College, Keiser College, several other non
regional college campuses (i.e. Webster University, University of Phoenix, etc.) and technical trade schools. The Coast
Guard has a wide variety 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 unit.
Ratings present at unit: BM, MK, and FS.
Name of nearest city and distance: Cape Canaveral, FL, 5 miles to the South.
Name of nearest military facility and distance: Patrick Air Force Base located about 20 miles south.
Location of nearest exchange and commissary: Patrick Air Force Base has a large exchange and commissary located on
base. It is approximately 20 miles from Station Port Canaveral. Station Port Canaveral has a small exchange.
Religious denominations in the area: You will find nearly all denominations in the immediate area. Patrick AFB offers
many services at the chapel in the Pelican Coast Housing Development about 2 miles south of the Base.
If a cutter, common destinations of deployments: SHRIKE 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 availible, recruit should ask for: The Officer of the Day (OOD) or the Executive Petty Officer (XPO).
Visit Patrick Air Force Base web page at https://www.patrick.af.mil/. This site has several good information and links on
the community and the area.
Is messing available: Yes
Quarters and or barracks available: You will initially be living on board the cutter. Within the first several months, while
you are getting qualified, you will move into Unaccompanied Personal Housing (UPH), described below in this section.
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 one-bedroom dorm
room. 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 receive 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 SHRIKE.
Where do most people bank: Bank of America or First Union. There are also numerous other regional bank branches in
Is there a credit union in the area: Space Coast Credit Union is the best credit union for members in the military in this
area. There are other regional credit unions also, if you prefer to use them.
Is there a mall in the area: Merritt Square Mall (8 miles from base) or The Melbourne Mall (30 miles from base). Each
have large retailers (Sears, Penny's, etc) and standards smaller stores inside of them. Movie theatres are located at both
malls, including the Avenues at Viera shopping center.
Cost of average two bedroom apartment in the area: $850 without utilities.
Current BAH rates:
Is government owned housing available: Yes, at Patrick AFB.
Housing office phone number: 321-868-4237
Where do most dependents live: At Patrick AFB or on the Economy
Rate of auto insurance for typical young family: $200-250 for six-month policy. 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: Patrick AFB Medical and Dental Clinic
Go to school: Brevard County Public School System
What level of tricare is available: All levels of TRICARE are available in the Brevard County 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.