CGC BOUTWELL makes every effort to contact incoming personnel.
However, our hardest group to reach is the seamen and firemen reporting from
New personnel should transfer their families with them to the area, however, when initially checking into the ship please do not bring family members onboard the ship until check-in process is complete.
The uniform for reporting to the ship is Tropical Blue Long unless you are
flying out to the ship while we are underway; then you should fly and report in
civilian clothing. Call the Ship (619) 556-6559 and advise your sponsor
or Officer of the Deck (OOD) of your arrival date and plans. Please make
plans to report to the ship Monday thru Friday between 0700 and 1200. The
reason we ask this is because on weekends, holidays, and after liberty has been
granted the only personnel on board are the duty section and therefore we are
unable to properly check you in. If you must report other than the
hours listed, your sponsor may not be on board, but the OOD will help you until
the next work day. We ask if you are flying into San Diego International
Upon arrival you can expect to be met by your sponsor. He or she will assist you in locating your assigned berthing and help you get settled in. We find this to be a very important step in welcoming a new shipmate. Your sponsor will assist you in your check in process ensuring that you have met with the appropriate personnel. The check in process can take up to 10 days.
It is standard practice to introduce our new shipmates at quarters and see that they meet with the Command Chief, Department Head, Executive Officer, and Commanding Officer with-in 48 hours of reporting.
Coast Guard Sector San Diego
2710 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Member may take public transportation from the airport to Sector San Diego. Any transportation cost will be reimbursed upon arrival and completion of the travel claim.
Assigned to the Deck Department. The first six months for a Seaman or Seaman Apprentice reporting aboard will be a busy and exciting time. Underway a Seaman participates in all deck evolutions under the supervision of the Boatswains Mates, and is responsible for handling mooring lines, anchoring the ship, raising and lowering of the ship's small boats, serving as small boat crewman, and performing rescue-swimmer duties. A Seaman typically stands two 4-hour watches a day while underway while breaking in. Inport seaman will stand watch every 3 days until qualified. A Seaman can work as a helicopter tie down team member during flight operations, and may become a boarding team member to help enforce laws and treaties. All Seaman will help the galley by serving as a mess cook on a rotating basis. Mess cooking is an important aspect of habitability and crew morale and demonstrates the support side of Coast Guard operations. Seaman also serve on damage control teams during general quarters and general emergency; fighting fires, controlling flooding, and dewatering spaces. Seaman also serve as a vital part of the ship's defense force by manning machine gun mounts and the MK 75/76mm cannon. By the end of four months on board, all Seaman will complete the basic damage control course, qualify as an inport watch stander, and become qualified on helm and lookout. The Coast Guard allows seaman to advance to petty officer in certain ratings through "on the job training", called striking, in lieu of formal schools. Due to the diversity of rates on board, all of these rates are available. A Seaman can strike Boatswains Mate (BM), Damage Controlman (DC), Food Service Specialist (FS), Machinery Technician (MK), or Store Keeper (SK). If not striking a rate, many Seaman apply for an "A" school in their desired rate. With a wide variety of opportunities, BOUTWELL is a great learning platform for new Seaman.
You will be assigned to either the Main Propulsion Division or the Auxiliary Division where you will begin the qualification process while you assist your assigned Division with the daily work routine. As a Fireman Apprentice, you will qualify as a Security Watch stander inport and underway and an Auxiliary (Generator) Watch stander inport. Underway a Fireman can expect to stand two 4-hour watches a day until full qualification is obtained. Inport or underway, you will be required to complete your Damage Control Personnel Qualification Standards (DCPQS) within four months of arrival. The Damage Control Officer sets up a training plan that covers all of the required sections every two months. You may find the training challenging at first, but will find it easily completed within the required time. This qualification is necessary for the survivability of the ship. Damage Control is the responsibility of the entire crew from the Commanding Officer right down to our newest member. During and after the DCPQS qualification you may serve as a member of one of our repair lockers or be a member of engineering repair (engine room) during general quarters or general emergency.
All Fireman will help the galley by serving as a mess cook on a rotating basis. Mess cooking is an important aspect of habitability and crew morale and demonstrates the support side of Coast Guard operations. You will also be afforded an opportunity to participate in the Law Enforcement program once you have completed your qualifications.
The Coast Guard allows Fireman and Seaman to advance to petty officer in certain ratings through "on the job training", called striking, in lieu of formal schools. Due to the diversity of rates on board, all of these rates are available. A Fireman can strike Boatswains Mate (BM), Damage Controlman (DC), Food Service Specialist (FS), Machinery Technician (MK), or Store Keeper (SK). If not striking a rate, many Fireman and Seaman apply for an "A" school in their desired rate. With a wide variety of opportunities, BOUTWELL is a great learning platform.
Operational Dress Uniform (ODU)
Inport: Personnel will stand Gangway Petty Officer of the Watch (GPOW); standing a 1-in-3 during the qualification process and then 1-in-5 once qualified.
Underway: Personnel will stand helm, messenger, and lookout watch, usually a 1-in-4 to 1-in-6 rotation.
Inport: Personnel will stand an inport security watch; standing a 1-in-3 during the qualification process and then 1-in 5 once qualified.
Underway: Personnel will stand security and auxiliary watch in a 1-in-4 to a 1-in-6 rotation.
Each crew member has a rack that is 6’3” long, 6” deep, and 2’2” wide. Each member also has a locker that is 5’7” tall, 1’1” wide, and 1’7” wide.
The ship has six washers, and eight dryers. Instructions on how to use the machines can be found on the unit itself. There is also a schedule of when you are allowed to use laundry. It is divided among the departments, chiefs, and officers. Please do your laundry on your day. Also, feel free to bring your own detergent and dryer sheets. Laundry is open to all hands while inport and after 2000 while underway.
Sleeping bags are authorized for use. However, the sleeping bags cannot be nylon, and must be fire resistant. This is a safety issue.
Personal electronics such as: TVs, Play Stations, DVD players, stereos, and laptops are allowed on board. If you have or desire to have personal electronics for the upcoming patrol, now is the time to act. Ensure the items have been inspected by the CMAA and that the items are properly secured for sea.
Do not report with personal weapons i.e. gun, machete, bow, OC pepper spray, nunchucks, etc. Personal weapons are not allowed to be brought on board Naval Base San Diego or BOUTWELL without prior approval. Therefore they should be left somewhere safe while you travel. Once on board you will be briefed on BOUTWELL's personal weapons policy.
CGC BOUTWELL is a great ship! We focus on Safety, Professionalism, and Teamwork. When conducting check out interviews, the people who are leaving consistently say the best thing about BOUTWELL is the people. You will find your shipmates helpful and excited about the job they do. Once qualified, you may be involved in many aspects of shipboard life such as flight deck operations and law enforcement boarding teams. Inport and underway we enjoy morale events which include swim calls, bingo, casino night, talent show, movies on the flight deck (when we are deployed down south), fishing and ship BBQ’s. You can expect to work hard, have fun, and enjoy your tour.
The CGC BOUTWELL is a multi-mission platform with the primary mission being Law Enforcement. But in addition to law enforcement the CGC Boutwell is also involved in Search and Rescue, Alien Migration Interdiction Operation (AMIO), Alaskan Fisheries Patrols, and Joint Services Operations in other parts of the world. Our schedule is usually 3 months underway followed by 3 months in port.
CGC BOUTWELL has port calls in the Equatorial Pacific at