Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: MK3 Vincent Deluca, Station Michigan City, IN

Petty Officer 3rd Class Vincent Deluca is a highly motivated machinery technician, and dedicated Coast Guardsmen, stationed at Coast Guard Station Michigan City, Indiana.

Deluca reported to the station in 2012 from MK “A” School. Prior to school, Deluca served for one year aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Thetis homeported in Key West, Florida.

After reporting aboard he quickly certified as a communications watch-stander, ice rescue instructor, boarding team member, 45-foot response boat engineer, and 25-foot response boat crewman.

During Operation Dry Water 2014, Deluca put his boarding team member skills to use working alongside several local law enforcement partners to help enforce boating under the influence laws. During this operation Deluca assisted in more than 60 boardings which resulted in two arrests for boating under the influence and one arrest for an individual with an outstanding warrant. Deluca’s support of Operation Dry Water helped to ensure the safety of the boating public on Lake Michigan.Deluca 2

Deluca has more 325 underway hours combined between the station’s two boats during the last year.

Duluca’s expertise contributed to the unit receiving high marks during the station’s 2014 Coast Guard annual inspection. Petty Officer Deluca, one of only two certified boat engineers, worked tirelessly in the weeks leading up to the inspection to ensure the unit and boats were fully capable of meeting Coast Guard standards.

“Deluca always has a can do attitude and is a invaluable to member of the engineering department” said Petty Officer 1st Class Roger Phelts, Station Michigan City’s engineering petty officer.

“Deluca is an outstanding shipmate with a solid work ethic. Through his work ethic, and professionalism he has become an integral member of the Station Michigan City crew, and the U.S. Coast Guard.”

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