Published: Jun 15, 2010 7:38 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 15, 2010 4:37 PM EDT

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. - A Southwest Florida based Coast Guard crew is now participating in the clean up of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

On Sunday a crew from the Coast Guard cutter Marlin set sail on a two-week deployment.

The crew will provide logistical support and serve as a platform for scientific research.

The Coast Guard Cutter Marlin is also an 87-foot coastal patrol boat.  It will provide logistical support  and serve as a platform for scientific research.

"To actually be able to participate in this operation definitely means a lot," said Lt. Jeff West, Marlin's commanding officer. "Watching everything transpire on television and being fairly close to it, we've been biting at the bit to get involved."

The Marlin's crew is one of many deployed to the Gulf of Mexico in support of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill response. Since the April 20 oil rig explosion that resulted in the loss of 11 lives, the nation's eyes have been focused on the operation. The Coast Guard is but one organization involved in the unified response and its people remain determined and ready for whatever challenges may arise.