From the deck plate of the Bertholf: Engineering

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Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Rothdeutsch changes a fuel filter aboard Bertholf during their Alaska patrol. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Charly Hengen.
Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Rothdeutsch changes a fuel filter aboard Bertholf during their Alaska patrol. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Charly Hengen.

Earlier this week Coast Guard Compass put you on the bridge of the Bertholf with the commanding officer himself, Capt. John Prince. His unique perspective as Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf’s commanding officer highlighted how impressive the capabilities of the service’s first national security cutter truly are.

As Bertholf continues their Alaska patrol, and maintains their mission success in the demanding operating environment of the Bering Sea, Coast Guard Alaska is also providing a behind the scenes look into how the cutter operates, but at the “deck plate” level – where the men and women are at the very helm of the cutter’s small boats and turning the wrenches in the engine room.

The deck plate series last left off with the story of Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Gonzales who was a coxswain on Bertholf’s first-ever boarding in Alaskan waters. This week, we hear from Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Rothdeutsch, a machinery technician who has been aboard the cutter for the past two years. Click here to read about Rothdeutsch as he describes what it takes to maintain the ship’s engineering equipment, including freshwater systems, ship fuel systems and the cutter’s small boats.

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