Not that long ago, the Coast Guard Cutter Sherman was intercepting illegal drugs off the coast of sunny and warm Costa Rica. Her captain was the Coast Guard’s attaché in Mexico City.
Now Sherman is headed to the cold and wet of the far north.
The cutter arrived in Juneau Wednesday, put to the test by the big wind and rain storm that slammed Southeast Alaska. Rosemarie Alexander talked with Commanding Officer, Capt. Joe Hester, about the trip from the Sherman’s home port of San Diego — where the weather is nearly always nice — to Alaska.
The 43-year-old ship is one of a class of ships being decommissioned by the Coast Guard, to be replaced by bigger, faster cutters. Here are more stories about the ship and her crew.
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