Catching Up With the Progress On The Bow to Stern Overhaul of Gloucester’s Coast Guard Cutter The Grand Isle

Huge thanks To Lieutenant Christjan Gaudio who is the Commanding Officer of the GRAND ISLE along with CWO Manny Munoz at Coast Guard Station Gloucester want to make our Coast Guard Station and Boats ingrained with the community, for you to feel welcome to ask questions and want you to know that they are here for you.

Lieutenant Gaudio forwards these photos and descriptions of the Grand Isle in the Coast Guard shipyard in Baltimore MD.

The first is a picture of GRAND ISLE coming up off the pier for our fleeting (this is a water test where they placed us in the water to ensure that the hull settled out following the replacement of 550 square feet of hull). cgc grand isle 1

The second picture is of the crew checking the seals and through hull fittings for leaks before being placed completely in the water

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The third picture is of us being lifted off the pier.

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The Grand Isle being pushed to the pier for the fleeting.

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Some of Lieutenant Gaudio’s crew standing in front of our new props prior to going into the water for fleeting.

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This is the barge used to lift 110 footer cutters out of the water.

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BM1 Monaghan being awarded his permanent cutterman’s pin.  This is a big moment in the professional life of a cutterman as it is symbolic of his attaining seniority in the service having accrued the sea time and professional competence necessary to be awarded the status of cutterman and to wear the cutterman’s pin permanently on his uniform.

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Grand Isle going into the water for fleeting.

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Grand Isle newly painted, going into the water.

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Click here for a slide show of the Grand Isle from Photos I’ve taken over the past 4 years-



  • Proud of y’all ~ Great job ~ great photos ~ who is the photographer?


    • Thank you for the compliments. The pictures were taken by my crew, with several of them contributing. Looking forward to getting back to Gloucester.


  • Is this the oringal ship that went to the gulf war and drug patrol in the carribean I dont think it is.


    • Thank you for the question and interest in USCGC GRAND ISLE. This is the cutter that went to the gulf and on drug patrols in the caribbean. GRAND ISLE was commissioned in 1991 and since then has gone through the myriad of Coast Guard missions. She sailed to the Persian Gulf in 2003 and supported operations off the coast of Iraq. In the late 90s she frequently was assigned to Coast Guard Commander District 7 and sailed south to support counter drug missions and safety-of-life-at-sea initiatives in the Caribbean. Most recently we have remained close to home working off the New England coast providing a search and rescue and law enforcement presence off shore. We all look forward to getting back to Gloucester and our families and also being back in the community and working off New England.


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