Service to mariners and boaters in need is one of the main responsibilities that the United States Coast Guard Perform. While search and rescue is the primary responsibility for the Coast Guard, it is not the only one. They have port security, port inspection, aids to navigation, as well as other duties. But when they do respond it is often with a need to do electrical, physical or other types of damage repair. The job of damage control specialist is one of the most challenging in the Coast Guard Ratings systems. The Coast Guard Damage Control man is the rating that is often confronted with a variety of equipment and systems that are damaged and need to be repaired. The Coast Guard provides emergency assistance with engine or equipment repairs to help the citizen be able to reach safety.
The Coast Guard is the primary search and rescue service for the United States especially dealing with near or over water in the United States. The mission of the Coast Guard and Coast Guard reserves is to provide swift search and rescue when needed but also to engage and perform their other missions. Emergency response and disaster response is part of the mission that Coast Guardsmen perform. Each day efforts by the Coast Guard wind up in about 1,500 lives saved, either by search and rescue or by aiding boaters who have suffered equipment failure. The Coast Guard Damage control man works aboard ship and on shore all throughout the Coast Guard. They work on maintenance of equipment and rigging found on all Coast Guard installations as well as systems aboard ship. The work to insure shipboard integrity of the ship at all times, making sure that watertight compartments which create the shipboard integrity situation are in good repair, and maintaining and keeping up with emergency equipment.
A Damage Control man is an expert on Coast Guard Repair. They use welders, tools, and other devices to repair, replace and even fabricate equipment and material needed to keep Coast Guard Ships, Vessels I top running conditions.
Damage Controlman rating has its own class a school located at Yorktown Virginia, where the student attends classes after boot camp. A DC candidate in the Coast Guard is trained in laboratory work and classroom training in all different fields of damage control man repair and work.