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My name is Michael Scottle. I serve on board the Canadian Coast Guard ship Earl Grey.
I started in 1982, I’ve been with the guard for over 28 years.
The Grey is a multitask vessel that does buoy tending, icebreaking, search and rescue,
just about anything else anybody asks us to do. I’m 3rd officer on board the CCS Earl Grey
and my main task is to stand on watch and navigate the vessel as we’re going along.
I have other responsibilities for safety onboard the vessels and the job changes from time to time.
Have to be very flexible at what we have to do.
I had 4 years experience with the American Coast Guard and I got a chance to join the Canadian Coast Guard to find a job
and I’ve really enjoyed my career here it’s been a lot fun
and it’s been very very different from my experience with the American Coast Guard. That’s probably why I stayed so long.
Finding my favourite moment for the Coast Guard is pretty hard to do there’s a lot of things that has happen over the years
that have been a lot of fun. But I think getting my navigation ticket from my chief’s mate ticket
and accomplishing that and getting into the scott program which was an officer training program
for the list of the personnel on the ship. I think I was pretty proud of that.
The best part about being in the Coast Guard is working with other people to accomplish a job.
Teamwork here is really important we rely on each other a lot and has been very very rewarding.