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Coast Guard concludes Operation Arctic Shield 2020

Coast Guard concludes Operation Arctic Shield 2020 MH-60 Jayhawk
Archive image: a Kodiak-based MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter hovers over the runway after the first big snow fall near Old Woman’s Bay. The snow didn’t slow down this air crew as they fly off to conduct training Nov. 6, 2008. The members of Air Station Kodiak conduct training all year round to ensure the helicopters and crews are always ready.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Richard Brahm.

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard concluded its annual Arctic Shield operations​ Sunday with the seasonal closure of its Forward Operating Location in Kotzebue, Alaska.

Air Station Kodiak aircrews and two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters​ were forward deployed to Kotzebue to provide better response times and coverage to remote regions of Alaska during increased summer boating traffic.

In addition, the crews of the Coast Guard Cutters Kukui, a 225-foot seagoing buoy tender homeported in Sitka, Alaska; and the Healy, a 420-foot medium icebreaker homeported in Seattle, Washington, patrolled the Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort Seas​ in support of​ maritime domain awareness, search and rescue, community relations, partnership building and scientific research.

Coast Guard​ crews deployed in support of Operation Arctic Shield, which commenced July 1,​ responded to 10 search and rescue cases, saving 25 lives.

Coast Guard concludes Operation Arctic Shield 2020 Cutter Kukui
The Coast Guard Cutter Kukui (WLB 203), a 225-foot Juniper class, seagoing buoy tender, transits through a channel while departing from a port of call at Base Ketchikan, Alaska, Jan. 30, 2020. The Kukui is homeported in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is responsible for maintaining short and long-range navigational aids on the water.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Fireman Jessica Fontenette.

To prevent hazards at sea, Coast Guard​ personnel from the 17th Coast Guard District and Sector Anchorage completed 172 facility inspections, and 405 commercial fishing vessel safety exams.​ The Coast Guard​ also continued​ its partnerships and provided critical support to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Fish and Wildlife Service, and Office of Naval Research.

“The Coast Guard is dedicated to ensuring the protection of the Arctic maritime environment and all those who depend upon it,” said Cmdr. Molly Hayes, Operation Arctic Shield operational planner, Coast Guard District 17. “Our crews recognize and respect the sensitive environmental characteristics of the region and partner with Northern Alaskan​ communities to advance our shared interests in maritime safety and security.”

Coast Guard concludes Operation Arctic Shield 2020 Cutter Healy
Archive image: SEWARD, Alaska – The Seattle-based icebreaker Coast Guard Cutter Healy is moored in Seward for a seven-day patrol break from their Arctic mission Nov. 1, 2011.
The Seward port call is a patrol break for the crew, and provides an opportunity for some much needed maintenance to be preformed upon the ship by members from the Seattle-based Coast Guard Navel Engineering Support Unit and the local Seward shipyard.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley

Operation Arctic Shield is the Coast Guard’s mobile and seasonal presence focused on performing​ the service’s​ 11 statutory missions throughout the Arctic​ to ensure maritime safety, security and stewardship. It is an annual operation that began in 2009.


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