Chatham is the only unit to operate the 42-foot Special Purpose Craft – Near Shore Lifeboat. The lifeboat was specifically designed for operating in shallow water, such as the conditions found on the Chatham bar where there are depths as shallow as four feet. The lifeboat is equipped with state-of-the-art wireless control systems and twin jet-drives. As a highly unique craft, the lifeboat requires a skilled operator at the helm, and no one is better at the helm than Chief Petty Officer William Lefever.
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A Coast Guard MH-60 Jawhawk helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City provides an overflight of areas affected by Hurricane Irene in the area of Oregon Inlet, N.C., Aug. 29, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Lehmann. As the season’s first Atlantic hurricane, Irene’s high winds and heavy rains downed trees, took out
CHATHAM, Mass. – Retired Master Chief Petty Officer Mark “Mac” McKenney and David O’Connor, both former Coast Guardsmen aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Point Welcome, scatter former shipmate Chief Petty Officer Richard Patterson’s ashes at sea from the deck of Coast Guard Cutter Tiger Shark off the coast of Chatham, Mass., Wednesday, June 16, 2010.