Electronics Technicians on board RUSH maintain, install, and repair an impressive variety of electronics equipment that are used in many facets of shipboard life. The division is divided up between the Navigations shop and Communications shop. The Navigation shop maintains the ship's air and surface search radar's, digital global positioning systems, direction finders, and a host of other navigation related gear. The Communications shop works on all the High Frequency (HF), Very High Frequency (VHF), Ultra High Frequency (UHF), and satellite communications systems. ET's also maintain RUSH's countermeasures system. A duty ET, underway and inport, responds to calls regarding any problems or questions with any electronics gear.Top of Page
The three Information Systems Technicians (IT's) onboard CGC RUSH are responsible for installing, maintaining and repairing a wide variety of communications equipment. Their main responsibility lies with ensuring Information Security on the ships computer network. However, daily routine includes work on various satellite communications systems, the ship's telephone and public address system, installing and repairing fiber optic cable, and supporting critical telecommunications systems known as C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance.)Top of Page
The Operations Specialists are RUSH's command, control and communications experts. They are the "eyes and ears" of all RUSH's operations and are a crucial part of mission success.
Providing rapid and reliable communications links to shore stations and other vessels using Satellites, Ultra High Frequency (UHF) and High Frequency (HF) voice and data communications circuits, Operations Specialists are relied upon for all ship board communications. Operations Specialists supervise postal services for the ship at homeport and in foreign ports. OS's also monitor classified and unclassified message traffic. They notify the Commanding Officer and the Operations Officer of immediate message traffic regarding weather, and priority traffic with issues relating to the cutter's mission, weather, law enforcement, and defense operations.
Working in the Combat Information Center (CIC), OS's collect, process, evaluate, and disseminate various types of information from air search radar, surface search radar, electronic signals, radio communications, intelligence, computerized command and control systems, and navigational equipment. Working closely with the bridge watchstanders, they ensure the safe navigation of the ship in time of limited visibility and congested vessel traffic. Underway OS's stand a four to eight hour watch, maintaining a constant radar surveillance advising the Commanding Officer and Officer of the Deck of any immediate traffic or hazards. OS's are an integral part of all of Rush's missions, including search and rescue, protecting living marine resources, enforcement of laws and treaties, illegal migrant or narcotics interdiction, and military readiness.Top of Page
Quartermasters on board RUSH work on the bridge engaging in the vital roles of operational and navigational safety of the ship. Their duties include plotting, dead reckoning, and maintaining a careful lookout for other ships and obstacles using the latest electronic equipment including graphic radar, digital charting and global positioning systems. Quartermasters aboard Rush usually stand four to six hour watches underway. The rest of the workday is spent correcting charts and nautical publications and gathering information for visiting foreign ports of call. During inport hours, attention is also directed to ordering navigational supplies and preparing for upcoming patrols. QM's stand duty every four to six days consisting of four hour watches on the quarterdeck and assisting in damage control and security of the ship. In general, Quartermasters are knowledgeable in whistle, bell and light signals, rules of the road and visual communications including flashing light, flag hoist and semaphore.Top of Page