The operational readiness and mission effectiveness of DEPENDABLE relies upon our ability to maintain essential hull, mechanical, electrical, auxiliary and damage control systems. This is the responsibility of the Engineering Department which is comprised of four divisions: Main Propulsion, Electrical, Auxiliary, and Damage Control.
The Main Propulsion (Main Prop) Division is charged with the upkeep and operational condition of the ship's physical propulsion and power plants. Main Prop conducts preventive and corrective maintenance repair on shipboard main diesel engines, ship's service diesel generators, auxiliary boilers, and the reverse osmosis desalinator. The daily operations of this division are arduous and often challenge personnel to ensure the constant reliability and upkeep of the main propulsion system. The division is comprised of rated Machinery Technician Petty Officers and Firemen who are supervised under a Chief Petty Officer. The Department's Main Propulsion Assistant (MPA) is responsible for the effective operation of the main engines and auxiliaries assigned to the Main Propulsion Division.
The Electrical Division is responsible for the shipboard electrical systems that supply power to DEPENDABLE. The electrical power plant and distribution system provide power that is required for propulsion, habitability, “hotel services” (e.g., showers, food preparation, sanitation) and weapons systems. The Electrician's Mate Petty Officers and Chief Petty Officer of the Electrical Division spend tireless hours maintaining the generators, transformers, batteries, cable systems and related equipment that provide light, sound, and radar detection capability to DEPENDABLE. The Damage Control Assistant (DCA) manages this division and reports to the Engineer Officer.
The Auxiliary Division is comprised of skilled technicians who maintain and operate the many engineering sub-systems that support the main engineering plant as well as separate mechanical systems pertaining to air conditioning/refrigeration equipment, hydraulic steering, small boat launch/recovery systems, and deck machinery equipment. The Machinery Technician Petty Officers, Firemen and Chief Petty Officer work to maintain effective operation of all related machinery, equipment, piping, and auxiliaries assigned to the division. The Auxiliary Division is also responsible for the care, onload, stowage, and treatment of all fuel.
The Damage Control Division is responsible
to ensure that damage control capabilities and systems are maintained at an
optimal level. Damage control effectiveness is critical to the function,
operation, and safety of every cutter in the fleet. Additionally, the Damage
Control Division maintains sewage, plumbing, and shower facilities as well
as providing support in all areas of structural, steel, aluminum, welding,
and maintenance throughout the ship.
The Operations Department is responsible for all aspects of mission performance including planning, execution, communications, and reporting of our assigned mission. To successfully accomplish this goal, the Operations Department consists of several divisions including Deck, Communications/Combat, Law Enforcement, and Weapons. Each of these divisions is comprised of specialized "Rated" personnel.
The Deck Division is responsible for the preservation and appearance of the ship's exterior and leads many of the cutter’s major operational evolutions. It is the largest division onboard DEPENDABLE; comprised of 1 Chief Boatswain's Mate, 6 Boatswain's Mate (BM) Petty Officers, and 18 Seamen. Deck Division personnel operate the ship's small boats in the prosecution of various missions. Additionally, Deck personnel are responsible for the care and operation of the ship's two anchors, along with the cutter’s ground tackle, mooring lines, and lifesaving gear.
The Communications/Combat Division is responsible for all external encrypted and unencrypted communications including Satellite, High Frequency (HF), Ultra High Frequency (UHF), and Very High Frequency (VHF) transmissions. In essence, this division is the cutter's link to the rest of the world while underway. Communications Division personnel maintain a continuous watch, monitoring essential voice and data communications circuits. Combat personnel plan and coordinate all unit operations, including Command and Control of other Coast Guard assets often assigned. They develop daily operational briefs for the Commanding Officer, and are responsible to the Operations Officer for the effective execution of the Commanding Officer’s operational plan. Additionally, the Combat Information Center watch serves as a secondary navigational team during transits of restricted waters and major ports.
The Law Enforcement Division is comprised of 2 Gunner’s Mate (GM) Petty Officers, and 2 Maritime Enforcement Specialist (ME) Petty Officers is responsible for the maintenance, upkeep, and training program for the ship’s entire weapons system, including a 25mm canon, two .50 caliber automatic machine guns, numerous small arms, and an array of pyrotechnics. Gunner’s Mates conduct all preventive maintenance for the weapons while maintaining the entire inventory of ammunition. The Law Enforcement Division is also responsible for all Law Enforcement training, gear acquisition, and maintenance. Maritime Enforcement Specialists serve as the ship’s lead boarding officers and are responsible for the coordination and training of all boarding team members.
Electronics: DEPENDABLE has an ET1, ET2, ET3 and an independent duty Information Technician (IT) responsible for the maintenance and repair of all onboard electronic and computer equipment. This includes all external shipboard communications gear, electronic navigation equipment such as Global Positioning Systems (GPS), shipboard radar units, ship's internal phone system, fathometers, and unit's Tactical Control System. When not conducting routine checks or preventive maintenance on equipment, Electronics Division personnel augment the Combat Information Center, standing watches as aircraft Command and Control, and coordinating operations with other surface vessels.
The Support Department is likely the most diverse department aboard DEPENDABLE, being comprised of various logistical, supply, and electronics divisions as described below:
Food Service: DEPENDABLE is well known for producing exceptional food service. The galley staff takes great pride in both the quality and preparation of healthy, great tasting meals. The galley staff includes an FSC, FS1, and 4 FS3s. Each new Fireman Apprentice and Seaman Apprentice that reports aboard will rotate as a galley "Messcook". Duties of the Messcook include setting up for meals, scullery duty (washing dishes), and galley cleanups. Although not glamorous, Messcooking is an essential role to ensure proper sanitation and crew morale.
Supply: All procurement, property, budget and other logistical matters are handled by the Storekeepers (SK’s). DEPENDABLE is billeted for an SK1 and an SK3. They carefully monitor accounting records, credit card expenditures, clothing, commissary, and even spare parts.
Admin: DEPENDABLE has one independent duty Yeoman (YN1), who handles a wide array of administrative matters. The YN1 serves as a one-stop shop for all pay, transportation, travel, housing, and other personnel issues.
Medical: Another independent duty position aboard DEPENDABLE is the Health Services Technician (HS), or “Doc”. Doc handles both routine and emergency health care services. Among the multitude of responsibilities, Doc maintains all crew medical records, schedules medical and dental visits, works directly with health care providers, performs minor surgical procedures, administers vaccinations, and maintains health and safety monitoring programs. In addition, Doc provides all medical care and treatment of interdicted illegal migrants, sometimes exceeding 100 persons at a time.