ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The U.S. Coast Guard deploy an MH-60T Jayhawk aircrew and a MSTF team to Forward Operating Location (FOL) Kotzebue, Alaska, in support of 2022 summer operations.
Members of U.S. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage’s Marine Safety Task Force (MSTF) will be in the region July 6-16, 2022, for a multi-mission deployment focused primarily on facility inspections.
“Facility inspections help mitigate the potential for oil pollution in the region,” said U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Houvener, a marine science technician and team lead. “These facilities are crucial for providing oil to warm homes during winter months. Alaska experiences harsh environmental conditions, so it’s important to inspect the safety and integrity of such waterside facilities to decrease the risk of an oil spill.”
U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter (MRR) helicopter crews are also scheduled to open a seasonal forward-operating location for aircraft mid-July in Kotzebue to reduce response time to the Bering Strait and Northern Slope regions in anticipation of historically increased maritime activity there.
The use of forward operating locations (FOL) in Alaska helps the service make the best strategic use of limited resources.
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