Coast Guard Cutter Sanibel hits the water for the first time since entering their drydock period, Nov. 15, 2017, at Goodison Shipyards in Quonset, R.I.. The cutter returned to its homeport of Woods Hole, Mass., Dec. 10, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole J. Groll.

Keeping a 30-year-old Coast Guard cutter mission-ready

Every three years, Coast Guard Cutter Sanibel’s crew halts their routine patrols of the Northeast Atlantic waters. The cutter must be pulled from its berth to undergo an intense reconditioning period to halt the inevitable aging of the 110-foot cutter fleet. With the new modernization, the crew is able to patrol for about seven days without a return to shore, maximizing the crew’s ability to respond to offshore emergencies.