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USCG Air Station New Orleans receives​ first MH-60 Jayhawk

USCG Air Station New Orleans receives​ first MH-60 Jayhawk
Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter conducts a landing in New Orleans, Louisiana, May 2, 2022.
This MH-60 was the first of three that are being delivered as a part of Coast Guard Air Station New Orlean’s update to their fleet of aircraft.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class James Hague.

NEW ORLEANS, 3 May, 2022​ — Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans received its first of three MH-60 Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopters yesterday Monday.

The arrival included an overflight of downtown New Orleans by Cmdr. Keith Blair, Air Station New Orleans commanding officer.

USCG Air Station New Orleans receives​ first MH-60 Jayhawk
Cmdr. Keith Blair, Air Station New Orleans commanding officer, conducts an overflight in a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter in New Orleans, Louisiana, May 2, 2022.
The aircrew flew the MH-60 around the city of New Orleans as part of its first flight as an Air Station New Orleans asset.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Graves

The next two MH-60T Jayhawks are scheduled to arrive by the end of July. The station’s current fleet of MH-65 Dolphins will be transferred to other units throughout the Coast Guard.

The addition of these three MH-60T Jayhawk helicopters are part of a Coast Guard rotary-wing service life extension program and initiative to expand the capabilities of the Coast Guard Eighth District for a more robust response to routine operations as well as catastrophic incident response operations.

USCG Air Station New Orleans receives​ first MH-60 Jayhawk
Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans aircrew stands in front of a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter May 2, 2022 at Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans.
The aircrew flew the MH-60 around the city of New Orleans as part of its first flight as an Air Station New Orleans asset.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class James Hague.

“The MH-60 Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter (MRR) brings more capability than the MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter (SRR) with respect to the payload, endurance and range,” said Blair. «The MH-60 can fly up to a 250 nautical miles operational radius. This means we will be able to fly further, longer, and accommodate more people in distress in a single flight.»

The MH-60T Jayhawk​ is a multi-mission used​ for​ search and rescue (SAR), medevac (medical evacuation),​ law enforcement, military readiness and marine​ environmental protection​ missions.

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USCG Air Station New Orleans receives​ first MH-60 Jayhawk
Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter sits outside of Air Station New Orleans hanger May, 2, 2022.
The helicopter was the first of three MH-60s being delivered to Air Station New Orleans. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class James Hague.

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