Coast Guard Picture of the Week

HOUSTON – Lt. j.g. Greg Hersh, chief enforcement officer at Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur, gets lowered down from an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter onto the deck of the motor vessel Cape Taylor during vertical delivery training, Jan. 24, 2012.

VDEL training allows Coast Guard law enforcement teams to board commercial vessels underway from a helicopter and it provides another avenue should sea or other conditions present a problem to the safety of the Coast Guard boarding team while trying to board from a small boat.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Terrence Mullen.