USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) underway for the first time conducting at-sea tests and trials in the Atlantic Ocean Dec. 7, 2015. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of General Dynamics Bath Iron Works/Released)


The U.S. Navy’s newest stealth destroyer USS Zumwalt was called into service while conducting her first sea trials yesterday. U.S. Coasties received a call for medical assistance from a vessel off the coast of Portland, Maine.

A helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod was dispatched to the scene but an air lift rescue was determined to be too risky. A request for assistance from nearby vessels was issued – to which USS Zumwalt answered.


Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott Mochkatel, and aviation survival technician, deploys from a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter in Kodiak, Alaska. July 25, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist Tracey Mertens)


Coast Guard News: The Zumwalt was conducting sea trials offshore and offered assistance. Zumwalt launched a small boat crew and transferred the injured captain to the destroyer. From there, the Coast Guard air crew successfully hoisted the man and transported him to the Portland Jetport where awaiting EMS took him to Maine Medical Center for further medical care.

Watch Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevac a fisherman off of the Zumwalt Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 at the link.

Read more from Coast Guard News here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee