Charleston-based USCG crew begins Hurricane Irma relief

The Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton underway off the coast of Mayport, Florida, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. The Hamilton crew surveyed the Port of Jacksonville, assessed the status of aids to navigation and surveyed the waterways for hazards in order to provide a clear picture of the damage caused by Hurricane Irma for Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton)

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton arrived off the coast of Jacksonville early Tuesday to conduct an assessment of the entrance to the St. Johns River in Jacksonville following Hurricane Irma.

Officials with the USCG say the Charleston-based crew deployed its 35-ft Long Range Interceptor small boat to survey the port, whose five man crew traveled up the river, assessed the status of aids to navigation, surveyed the waterway for hazards and made contact with Coast Guard Station Mayport, in order to provide a clear picture of the damage for Sector Jacksonville.

"The Hamilton, one of the newest National Security Cutters in the Coast Guard fleet, is already demonstrating its value and capabilities in its ability to provide helicopter support, small boat operations, medical support, and command and control from off-shore as the cutter and crew respond to the needs of Florida's citizens following the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma," said Capt. Mark Gordon, the commanding officer of the Hamilton.

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