Congratulations on your orders to USCGC THETIS (WMEC 910) and welcome to sunny Key West, FL! You are coming to a ship with a proud history and an equally proud crew that is committed to professionalism, leadership, and being good shipmates. Onboard THETIS, you will have an opportunity to engage in a variety of Coast Guard mission. Some of these missions include counter-narcotics, search and rescue, illegal migrant interdiction, homeland security, and national defense. To accomplish these missions we operate in areas that include, but are not limited to the Windward Pass, Straits of Florida, and the Caribbean Seas. Recently the ship has had port calls in San Juan, PR, Cartagena, Colombia, Bocas de Toro, Panama and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Our schedule can vary widely depending on everything from cutter maintenance requirements to the regional political and operational climate requirements.
Attached are links that will provide more detailed information on housing, reporting in, and other important information.
Please let your sponsor know if you have any questions. Your welcoming message included your sponsor’s email address and phone number and they are waiting to help you.
If you have any additional questions that aren’t answered here, please contact YN2 Tyler Eagle at Tyler.R.Eagle@uscg.mil.
We all look forward to working with you!
What to Expect
THETIS is usually underway for two months and import for two months. Inport, our work day will depend on your rate and your rank. While our typical workday routine starts at 0645 with PT and ends at 1300, things can always change to meet operational needs. Most members stand duty while inport, as well. Your billet will designate what type of duty you stand and what your duty rotation will be. Generally inport duty will be divided into the following:
- E-5 and below: Gangway Petty Officer of the Watch and Engineering Security Watch Stander
- E-6: JOOD or EOW
- E-7 and above: OOD or EOW
Underway your duties will depend on your rank, rate, and the division to which you are assigned. New Seamen will typically be in the Deck Department, standing watch as helmsmen and lookout. New Firemen may be assigned to Auxiliary or Main Prop divisions in the Engineering department. They will become security watchstanders, making rounds of the ship to check equipment and assist the Engineer of the Watch in the Engine Room. New Seamen and Firemen should also expect to spend one of your first few weeks as a messcook assisting the Food Service Specialists in preparing meals, cleaning the messdeck, and doing dishes in the scullery.
There are quite a few elementary schools in Key West area. Please visit the below link to attain further information:
Sigsbee Charter School is located on Naval Station Sigsbee and is frequently the school of choice by military families. Visit the following link for more information:
Key West High School is the main high school in the lower keys. Visit the following link for more information:
Florida Keys Community College and Saint Leo University (Boca Chica Naval Base) are the two lower keys colleges. Saint Leo University bases out of NAS Boca Chica and offers traditional and online courses for service members, civilians, and retirees. Saint Leo University accepts the Post 9-11 Montgomery GI Bill. Tuition Assistance is accepted at both facilities as payment for classes as well. Visit the following links for more information: