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Filipino Coast Guard personnel tops US training


By Betheena Kae Unite

A Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel has topped an intensive electrician training in US Coast Guard Training Center in Yorktown recently, the PCG reported Wednesday.

Seaman First Class Stephen Bondesto emerged as the top student in the Electrician’s Mate “A” School, garnering the highest average of 99.85 last November 21.

(photo courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard)

(photo courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard)

Aside from Bondesto, two more Coast Guard personnel graduated from the training. Seaman Second Class Rommel Fabros ranked fifth and Petty Officer Third Class Lexter Levita ranked eighth.

They were among the 18 graduates composed of 15 personnel from US Coast Guard and three PCG personnel.

According to the Coast Guard, Electrician’s Mate “A” School is a 19-week intensive course of instruction designed to train non-rated personnel to perform the duties of a Coast Guard Third Class Electricians Mate.

The American Council on Education has evaluated this course and recommends the following credits in the Lower-Division Baccalaureate/Associate degree category: three semester hours in basic electricity, three semester hours in AC & DC circuit theory, three in electrical power distribution, three in electrical circuits troubleshooting and maintenance, one in industrial safety, and one in blueprint reading.

“The course includes training and practical exercises in a wide range of topics including: battery, power distribution system, lighting systems, motors and controllers, interior communication system, galley, scullery and laundry equipment, electric damage control equipment, small boat electrical system, deck machinery equipment and shore power,” PCG said.

The PCG said that currently, nine PCG personnel are undergoing different courses such as International Maritime Officer’s Course, Gunner’s Mate ”A” School, Boatswain’s Mate “A” School and Machinery Technician “A” School at the US Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown.

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