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Coast Guard Capt. James McCauley said it is getting harder to maintain the 42-year-old Rush, a 378-foot cutter that is 12 years past its intended life span of 30 years.
BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM The cutter Rush, based at Sand Island, is one of two cutters that the Coast Guard wants to replace.
BRUCE ASATO Capt. James McCauley, left, commanding officer of the cutter Rush, and Cmdr. Jay Caputo, executive officer, inspect the ship's flight deck. The Rush is ported at the Coast Guard Station at Sand Island.
BRUCE ASATO 2012 February 24 CTY - Coast Guard Cutters -The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Rush at Coast Guard Station, Sand Island. HSA photo by Bruce Asato
BRUCE ASATO 2012 February 24 CTY - Coast Guard Cutters - Chief Warrant Officer Jeff Paquette walks between the twin 12-cylinder 24-piston diesel engines of the Coast Guard Cutter Rush. HSA photo by Bruce Asato
BRUCE ASATO @Caption1:<*h"No hyphens">At top, about a dozen Coast Guardsmen of the cutter Rush got into their firefighting gear during a drill Friday that simulated an oil leak and fire in the ship's engine room. Chief Warrant Officer Jeff Paquette walks between the twin 12-cylinder
24-piston diesel engines of the Rush.