Cutter Hamilton Oversees Surface Action Group South During Hurricane Florence Response
CHARLESTON, S.C. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton oversaw five Coast Guard cutters in the Surface Action Group (SAG) South during Hurricane Florence response efforts, the 7th Coast Guard District said in a Sept. 20 release.
The SAG South conducted post-storm damage assessments of the Cape Fear River, and Ports of Wilmington and Morehead City, North Carolina. The combined efforts of Hamilton and the Coast Guard Cutters Harriet Lane, Northland, Dependable, Spencer and Richard Snyder assisted in the reconstitution of Coast Guard Stations Oak Island and Fort Macon.
The SAG South also conducted port assessments for Wilmington and Morehead City verifying positions of numerous aids to navigation critical to the safe navigation for the flow of commerce and documented damage from Hurricane Florence.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of North Carolina and all those impacted by this catastrophic storm,” said Capt. Mark D. Gordon, commanding officer of Hamilton. “The crew of Hamilton worked tremendously hard bringing the ship out of an intensive maintenance period on very short notice and had to leave their families behind, many of whom had to evacuate out of the path of Florence, all in order to do their part to respond to this deadly storm. They truly demonstrated what it means to be Semper Paratus – Always Ready”
The cutter Hamilton is a 418-foot national security cutter homeported in Charleston, South Carolina. Northland and Harriet Land are 270-foot medium-endurance cutters homeported in Portsmouth, Virginia. Dependable is a 270-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in Little Creek, Virginia. Spencer is a 270-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in Boston. Richard Snyder is a 154-foot fast-response cutter homeported in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.