HOUSTON – Members of Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur and Air Station Houston perform vertical delivery training at the Naval Reserve Fleet in Houston on the motor vessel Cape Taylor, Jan. 24, 2012.
This is the first time MSU Port Arthur has conducted VDEL training in almost seven years. VDEL training allows Coast Guard law enforcement teams to board commercial vessels underway from a helicopter. VDEL is not the only option for boarding teams to get aboard underway vessels, but it does provide another avenue should sea conditions present a problem to the safety of the Coast Guard boarding team.
–Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Richard Brahm.