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Here is some foul weather gear that I have personally used over my twelve years of service in Uncle Sam’s Confused Group. Semper Paratus! 
 

I’ll start with what we called a foot coat. This is a Mustang Survival flotation jacket. It serves as a certified type 3 PFD. They are/were used on cutters and small boats while on deck underway or working over the side. 

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R. Patterson

Boatswains Mate

USCG 1998-2010

“The Boatswain’s Mate and Coxswain is A JACK OF ALL TRADES AND A MASTER OF THEM ALL.”- 1944 edition of the BM2c training course material. 
“They gave us an engine that first went up and down. With some more technology, the engine went around. We know of steam and diesel, but what’s a main yard for? A sailor ain’t a sailor, ain’t a sailor anymore!”- The Last Shanty

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Float coat. Autocorrect sucks. 

R. Patterson

Boatswains Mate

USCG 1998-2010

“The Boatswain’s Mate and Coxswain is A JACK OF ALL TRADES AND A MASTER OF THEM ALL.”- 1944 edition of the BM2c training course material. 
“They gave us an engine that first went up and down. With some more technology, the engine went around. We know of steam and diesel, but what’s a main yard for? A sailor ain’t a sailor, ain’t a sailor anymore!”- The Last Shanty

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Next, is the Mustang Survival Suit. It is an anti exposure coverall and also a type 5 PFD. This is not a dry suit. These suits fill with a small amount of water upon immersion. The wearer’s own body temp heats the water in the suit. It has a hood with rectroreflective tape and Velcro patch for attaching a strobe light. It also features and inflatable pillow to keep your head out of the water and additional water from coming in. There is no protection for the hands, feet, or face. This suit has never seen service and is over 15 years old. 

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R. Patterson

Boatswains Mate

USCG 1998-2010

“The Boatswain’s Mate and Coxswain is A JACK OF ALL TRADES AND A MASTER OF THEM ALL.”- 1944 edition of the BM2c training course material. 
“They gave us an engine that first went up and down. With some more technology, the engine went around. We know of steam and diesel, but what’s a main yard for? A sailor ain’t a sailor, ain’t a sailor anymore!”- The Last Shanty

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Jacket, Cold Weather, Flame Resistant, Class 1

 

I wore these jackets for most of my career and it shows. It was given to me as a replacement for my missing CWU-45P flight jacket early in my career and I loved it. I was not the first owner. I even wore these jackets with the ODU’s and would have continued to do so until I was forced to purchase the newer Goretex jacket fleece liner. The Goretex shell was issued to me and I had to return it when I left the unit. I got to keep these jacketS though and continued to wear them with civilian clothes. 

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R. Patterson

Boatswains Mate

USCG 1998-2010

“The Boatswain’s Mate and Coxswain is A JACK OF ALL TRADES AND A MASTER OF THEM ALL.”- 1944 edition of the BM2c training course material. 
“They gave us an engine that first went up and down. With some more technology, the engine went around. We know of steam and diesel, but what’s a main yard for? A sailor ain’t a sailor, ain’t a sailor anymore!”- The Last Shanty

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Jacket, Cold Weather, Permeable. 
 

This is the older version of the flame resistant cold weather jackets I previously posted. I believe these were used in the 60’s and 70’s. This particular jacket came from USCG Station Port Aransas, Texas. The number on the back is an inventory number as it belonged to the station and wasn’t part of the sea bag issue. I purchased this jacket a few years ago. 

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R. Patterson

Boatswains Mate

USCG 1998-2010

“The Boatswain’s Mate and Coxswain is A JACK OF ALL TRADES AND A MASTER OF THEM ALL.”- 1944 edition of the BM2c training course material. 
“They gave us an engine that first went up and down. With some more technology, the engine went around. We know of steam and diesel, but what’s a main yard for? A sailor ain’t a sailor, ain’t a sailor anymore!”- The Last Shanty

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The Foul weather jackets bring back a lot of memories wore the green one mostly, had blue on my last 2 ships. Preferred the green. Didn’t care for the Velcro. 

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Yeah, the Velcro tired out quick. I like the buttons. I wish they were still around when I was in. 

R. Patterson

Boatswains Mate

USCG 1998-2010

“The Boatswain’s Mate and Coxswain is A JACK OF ALL TRADES AND A MASTER OF THEM ALL.”- 1944 edition of the BM2c training course material. 
“They gave us an engine that first went up and down. With some more technology, the engine went around. We know of steam and diesel, but what’s a main yard for? A sailor ain’t a sailor, ain’t a sailor anymore!”- The Last Shanty

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