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USCGC THETIS (WMEC 910)

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Key West, FL

LIFE ON THETIS

THETIS will typically spend two months in Key West, followed by two months out on patrol. Our schedule can vary widely depending on everything from cutter maintenance requirements to the regional political and operational climate requirements. Our primary operating areas include the Windward Pass, Straits of Florida, and the Caribbean Seas. Recently the ship has had port calls in San Juan, PR, Cartagena, Colombia, Bocas de Toro, Panama and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Inport, our work day will depend on your rate and your rank. While our typical workday routine starts at 0645 with PT and ends at 1300hrs, things can always change to meet operational needs. Most members stand duty while inport, as well. Your billet will designate what type of duty you stand and what your duty rotation will be.
Generally inport duty will be divided into the following:

Underway your duties will depend on your rank, rate, and division to which you are assigned. New Seamen will typically be in the Deck Department, standing watch as helmsmen and lookouts. New Firemen may be assigned to Auxiliary or Main Prop divisions in the Engineering department where they will become security watchstanders, making rounds of the ship to check equipment and assist the Engineer of the Watch in the Engine Room. New Seamen and Firemen should also expect to spend one of your first few weeks as a messcook assisting the Food Service Specialists in preparing meals, cleaning the messdeck, and doing dishes in the scullery.

REPORTING TO THETIS

When you receive your official Welcome Aboard Package, you will be assigned a sponsor, a crewmember currently serving on THETIS who will:

Report aboard in Tropical Blue Long uniform

Have your orders, training record, medical record with you. If the ship is deployed, check in with the OOD at Sector Key West.

You may be assigned TDY to Sector Key West or another nearby Coast Guard command until the ship returns.

There is no support for Coast Guard uniform items in Key West. Bring a full sea bag with you when you come and any additional uniforms you expect you will need during your tour. Complete a UDC order well in advance of your arrival.

DIRECTIONS TO KEY WEST

If you are driving to Key West, the easiest way to get here is to follow the Florida Turnpike south until you reach the turnpike extension. Follow the turnpike extension south until you reach Florida City, then follow U.S. 1 south to Key West. From Florida City over the Florida Keys to Key West will take you approximately three hours with normal traffic.

If you are coming from the west coast (Tampa-St. Pete, Naples area) take I-75 south to the Everglades Parkway or the Tamiami Trail and follow either to the Florida Turnpike extension. Follow the Turnpike extension south to Florida City, then follow US-1 south to Key West.

If you are flying into Key West, US Air, and Delta Airlines have regularly scheduled daily flights into Key West International Airport. From here you will be approximately 10 minutes away from the ship by taxi, or you can call the ship and have the duty driver pick you up. The ship is located with Sector Key West at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Trumbo Point Annex.

HOUSING

All members must complete a CG-5267 and email the completed form to the YN1.

Housing for Married Personnel. Privatized housing in the area is very nice and provides a quiet, roomy environment. Government quarters are not available.

NOTE: Transportation Office for delivery of household goods is located on Boca Chica. Telephone number is (305) 293-2973.

All married personnel are authorized to collect BAH and live on the economy if they so desire. Two bedroom houses run in the $1800 to $2200 per month range. Many families choose to live in Navy housing (Privatized Housing). Sigsbee is where most families live. There are townhouses and duplexes from 2 to 4 bedrooms, the Child Development Center, and elementary school, and the commissary/exchange there. Senior enlisted personnel may be assigned to waterfront homes with boat docks when those homes are available. The Navy has both civilian and military living in their housing (Privatized Housing). By Navy policy, the military have priority for assignment to housing and for waterfront housing.

During the summer transfer season a wait of 30-60 days for family housing is possible. More information on Navy housing (Managed by Balfour Beatty) is available through the NASKW website at www.naskw.navy.mil

You cannot go on the waiting list until you have detached PCS from your last unit. You can go on the list the day you detach if you email an advance application CG 5267, and a copy of your orders to THETIS’ YN1 and form CG-4170A (dependents information record) to the THETIS’ YN1 or the CG Local Housing Officer Gregory Eagle.

For members E-3 (Single) and below there is a UEPH located at Sector Key West. Members are assigned two per room, and each member has the use of one rack, a desk, wardrobe, night stand, and a common TV stand. The rooms are approximately 270 square ft., and include a closet. There is a TV lounge on the 3rd deck with a big-screen TV, and we are currently renovating the 4th deck for a new game room that will include 3 pool tables, dart boards, and another big-screen TV and stereo system.

If rooms on UEPH are not available for members E-3 and below they will be provided with quarters onboard.

Housing Links:
Work Life Relocation Assistance http://www.uscg.mil/worklife/
Real Estate http://www.keywest.com/
Citizens Classifieds http://www.keysnews.com

If you have any housing questions, contact Gregory Eagle via email Gregory.p.eagle@uscg.mil

MEDICAL FACILITIES

Currently the Key West area has a limited medical infrastructure. If you or your dependents have a medical condition that requires specialized treatment, you may have to be referred to a facility outside the local area. In the case of dependents this could result in out of pocket expenses. If you have any questions regarding medical care for an existing medical condition please call the Clinic (305) 292-8715 or our HS1 at (305) 292-8883.

JOBS FOR SPOUSES

If your spouse or dependents are interested in obtaining a part time or full time job while in Key West, the opportunities are good outside the corporate environment. There are numerous hotels, restaurants, hospitals, schools and tourism related opportunities. Listed below are job placement agencies for the area:

OTHER MILITARY ACTIVITIES IN THE KEY WEST AREA

Coast Guard Sector Key West is a Seventh Coast Guard District unit. Sector Key West’s area of responsibility (AOR) encompasses the area just south of Miami down to the Yucatan Channel. The Sector includes three stations:

The Sector also includes six (6) Fast Response Cutters (FRCs):

AIDS TO NAVIGATION TEAM KEY WEST

USCGC MOHAWK (WMEC 913). MOHAWK is our only sister-ship homeported in Key West. Her missions are similar to ours.

OTHER MILITARY ACTIVITIES:

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Last Modified 5/14/2015