The Women Offshore Podcast is now available on our website! Listen to the full episode here: womenoffshore.org/women-offshore-podcast-episode-1
Update! Now available on iTunes! https://itunes.apple.com/…/women-offshore-pod…/id1362465633…
"I was working in a desk job and was stuck staring at Excel spreadsheets all day, which I didn’t really enjoy as I like to be active. I am quite a hands-on pers...on, and I just needed to do something which was a career, but also provided the financial support that you get when you are studying. But it wasn't until I went out to sea that it clicked, and I thought, this is what I should be doing." - Marine Engineer Jayne Murray, from the Isle of Lewis.
Read Jayne's full interview on Women Offshore. Click below.
March is Women’s History Month and we’d thought it’d be a great time to introduce you all to some of our hard working female shipmates aboard SENECA!
Meet Fire...man Allyson Latourette, who is a dedicated member of USCGC Seneca’s A-Gang Department. Her advice to new non-rates entering the fleet is to stay focused and always look for ways to better yourself, both inside the Coast Guard and out. FN Latourette says that the person she finds the most inspirational in her life is her mother. She explains, “My mother is strong and independent. I admire her for her many strengths in many ways.” FN Latourette is looking forward to A-school. Whether she decides to be an Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) or a Storekeeper (SK) we know she will succeed.
Photo by SN Boris Mewborn
Here is a recap of the Women In Maritime Leadership conference which took place March 2-3 at CMA!
Today we are sharing an oil painting by John Charles Roach, completed in 1991, entitled, ".50 Caliber Watch."
Did you know, about 37,000 American women took par...t in the Persian Gulf War, making it the largest deployment of women in history? Ten percent of these women were U.S. Navy personnel! They served on support ships - ammunition, supply, tenders, and oilers - and in Military Sealift and Combat Logistics Force vessels. Others were in helicopter combat support squadrons, construction battalions, and in a cargo-handling and port unit at Bahrain. #WomensHistoryMonth
Explore the role of, "Women in U.S. Military during Desert Shield/Desert Storm," by clicking here: https://www.history.navy.mil/…/during-desert-shield-desert-…
"It has been eight years since the Navy lifted its ban on women in submarines. The chaos and disruption some predicted largely haven’t materialized.
Women like... Suraya Mattocks are focused on doing their jobs well. Their retention rates are on par with those of men — much higher than the Navy had anticipated, according to records obtained by The Associated Press."
Thanks to one of our followers for sharing this with us! Looks like a great read!
In honor of Women’s History month:
Fun fact-there have been just four women assigned to and have had the awesome and humbling opportunity to become an Officer ...in Charge of one of the few WYTL 65’ inland harbor tugs, the first one took command in 1988.
Master Chief Petty Officer Diane Bucci joined the Coast Guard in 1975, not long after the service opened its enlisted ranks to women, and made history by breaking many of the Coast Guard’s early gender barriers. Bucci made history in 1988 when she became the first enlisted woman to command afloat as officer-in-charge of the Coast Guard tug CAPSTAN (D.C.) She was the first enlisted female to be assigned as an Officer in Charge of an Afloat unit.
So proud of her for being brave enough to question the system (respectfully) when told no and paving the way for future women to follow.
It’s been a while since we posted
It’s only fair to come back with wishes from your admin who has been out at sea.
My message to you “I know life is not easy ...out there for women at sea, sometimes we cover it up for fear of loosing our jobs, but this is me telling you that I absolutely understand and one glorious morning a change will come, a change where we will fear not of what has happened to us but more of the world we are leaving behind for our daughters our sisters our friends acquaintances our fellow female crew.. your strength and through your stories not only gets me through but all of us female seafarers ❤️” happy belated international women’s day ❤️ p.s don’t mind the that the messman/steward made it look like a halloween cake 😂 inside joke🤣
WHO: Petty Officer 1st Class Krystyna Duffy, a boatswain's mate assigned to Coast Guard Station Golden Gate.
WHAT: Is scheduled to become the fourth female surf...man currently serving in the Coast Guard. The surfman qualification is the highest rank in Coast Guard small boat operation and allows rescue boat coxswains to operate in extreme conditions.
WHERE: Coast Guard Station Golden Gate
435 Murray Circle
Sausalito, CA 94965
WHEN: 9 a.m., Friday, March 9, 2018.
NOTE: Coast Guard personnel will be available for interviews following the ceremony. Media interested in attending the event should RSVP to Petty Officer 3rd Class Sarah Wilson at 510-772-8865 by 8 a.m. Friday, March 9.
A Coast Guard woman is scheduled to become the fourth active female surfman in the service during a ceremony at Station Golden Gate, Friday morning.
During the ceremony, Petty Officer 1st Class Krystyna Duffy, 31, will receive the surfman designation, the highest rank in Coast Guard small boat operation, which allows rescue boat coxswains to operate in extreme weather and sea conditions.
As a surfman, Duffy will be qualified to take a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat out in 20-foot breaking surf with 30-foot seas and 50-knot winds, reaching the boat's operational limits.
"This has been a goal for me for more than a decade, and I'm excited to have made it," said Duffy. "Dreams don't care about gender. If you want something badly enough, and you're willing to fight for it, you can do it."
Coast Guard Station Golden Gate is one of 21 surf stations, where surf conditions greater than eight feet occur 36 days or more each year. Heavy surf often contributes to search-and-rescue emergencies in the Bay Area and along the Northern California coastline.
Chief Warrant Officer Beth Slade, commanding officer of Station Golden Gate, will present Duffy's award. In 2002, Slade became the first woman ever to earn the surfman qualification for the 47-foot Motor Lifeboat.
"Mrs. Slade has been my mentor for years, and having her there to pin me is what really makes this amazing," said Duffy. "I emailed her years ago, before I even knew her, and asked for advice on becoming a surfman. She told me no matter what, never give up. She was the one who blazed the trail for the rest of us to follow."
The surfman title dates back more than 200 years to the U.S. Life-Saving Service.
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WTR Tammi Mignott
ET (ME) Leanne Moon
Lt Clara Hewitt...
WTR Louise Dorsett
CPO Lynzi Talbot
On board HMS Defender, a Type 45 Destroyer, at Portsmouth Naval Base.
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