Congratulations on your recent assignment to USCGC RELIANCE “First in the Fleet.” We welcome you as a valued member of RELIANCE’s crew. We look forward to your arrival and are committed to assisting you with your transfer. The following are some frequently asked questions (and their answers) for new crewmembers and their families:
Who do I call at the Unit?
Your sponsor is your primary information resource for reporting aboard. They will assist you on a one-to-one basis. They will be able to answer any questions you might have, so please contact them as soon as you can. The ship’s Yeoman is also available to assist you. They can both be reached at the ship’s phone number (207)438-2605. You can also reach out through our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/USCoastGuardCGCReliance.
Do I get a Welcome Aboard Package?
You should receive a welcome aboard package soon after you provide your sponsor with an address where they may send it.
What is RELIANCE's Mailing Address?
USCGC RELIANCE (WMEC 615)
c/o PNS, Bldg. 171
Kittery, ME 03904
ARRIVING BY AIRPLANE
LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
This airport is located just outside of downtown Boston and is the preferred airport for arrivals. Logan Int. Airport offers direct ground transportation to Portsmouth, NH through C & J Trailways. Cost is $18.00 per ticket one way. To get bus schedules you can call (603)430-1100 or visit their website at https://www.ridecj.com/
This is not a recommended airport for arrivals due to limited transportation options. If you chose to arrive at this airport you could be required to take a taxi which could cost in excess of $100.00 unless transportation has been arranged prior to your arrival.
Follow I-95 North and take exit #2 off of the Maine Turnpike (I-95). Then follow SR-236 around the Kittery circle and bear to the right after Dairy Queen. Follow SR-236 to Philbrick Rd and make a right. Next take a left onto Rogers Rd. and follow until you hit the traffic light. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard main gate is on your left. Expect a $2.00 toll on I-95 North, shortly after entering the State of New Hampshire.
After arriving at the Portsmouth, NH bus terminal take a taxi to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Approx cost $20.00
What if RELIANCE is deployed when I arrive?
If RELIANCE is underway you should contact MAT Kittery at (207)438-6414 or Base Boston at (617) 223-3333. If you are married report to MAT Kittery; if you are single report to the Base in Boston. You may report Monday through Friday from 0700-1300. You will stay at the appropriate unit until RELIANCE can make arrangements for you to meet the ship at another port.
What about my family?
You and your spouse are encouraged to contact our Ombudsman (command family representative). The Ombudsman is a resource for you to discuss any concerns you might have, particularly any issues that might impact your dependents. Our Ombudsman can be reached at the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What about Housing?
Questions regarding housing may be forwarded to the ship’s housing officer. You can contact the Housing officer at (207)438-2605. If the cutter is unavailable please contact the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Housing Office at (207)439-9320. Information regarding temporary housing may be found in your welcome aboard package.
What facilities does the Shipyard have?
Schools in the area are excellent and facilities available at the shipyard are numerous. They include a medical/dental clinic, barber shop, Navy Exchange (NEX), commissary, MWR office, housing office, auto hobby shop, Fletcher Recreation complex (weights, cardio room, tennis, squash, basketball court, bowling, bar/grill), and a marina.
What continuing education resources are available for me in the immediate area?
University of New Hampshire in Durham NH
How much storage space will I have aboard the cutter?
Aboard ship personnel are berthed in departmental berthing areas, with separate berthing areas for First Class Petty Officers. Chiefs are berthed in four person staterooms with a shared head. Stowage in these areas include a rack, a locker, and the crew’s sea bag locker (approx. 6 Cubic feet)
What will I do as a crewmember aboard CGC RELIANCE?
Reliance’s operational schedule is coordinated by Coast Guard Atlantic Area. Generally, a six to eight week underway period is followed by a six to eight week inport period. We sail the waters from the Gulf of Maine to the Caribbean Sea conducting all Coast Guard operations, including Fisheries Enforcement, Counter Drug Law Enforcement Patrols, and Alien Migration Interdiction Operations (AMIO).
The following links have been provided for your convenience as you get to know your new homeport:
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
Portsmouth News, Events and Information
City of Portsmouth Municipal Website
Virtual Tour of the City
Kittery Chamber of Commerce
Links to Maine's local District Schools
Portsmouth Herald Online
Massachusetts Essex County Newspapers
Boston Globe Online
Foster Daily Democrat
Massachusetts North Shore Listings
New Hampshire/ Maine Seacoast
New Hampshire Classifieds