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Coast Guard deploy for summer ops in Kotzebue, Alaska

Coast Guard deploy for summer ops in Kotzebue, Alaska
Archive image: A U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter (MRR) aircrew, while forward deployed to Kotzebue, moves into position to take off from Kotzebue, Alaska, July 14, 2019.
The MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew was conducting a training flight in support of Arctic Shield 2019.
U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Bradley Pigage.
U.S. Coast Guard Alaska.

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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