Kodiak aircrew hosts tour, stands the ready in Cordova

Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Davis and Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Williams speak about the Coast Guard's air operations, missions and the capabilities of the MH-65 Dolphin helicopter with more than 25 people from the Cordova Science Center at the Aviation Support Facility Cordova hangar Sept. 13, 2011.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Davis and Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Williams speak about the Coast Guard's air operations, missions and the capabilities of the MH-65 Dolphin helicopter with more than 25 people from the Cordova Science Center at the Aviation Support Facility Cordova hangar Sept. 13, 2011.

Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak helicopter crews provide a vital forward deployed presence in Cordova during the summer months to mitigate risks posed by increased fishing and tourist traffic throughout the Prince William Sound and the Gulf of Alaska region. The air station also assists other Coast Guard units by providing logistics support, such as maintaining aids to navigation, which further reduces risks to mariners, as well as conducting search and rescue and law enforcement missions. 

Deployments begin in May and last through September. This year, crews and aircraft from Air Station Sitka helped stand the watch.  While the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and crew from Kodiak stood the majority of the watch, Kodiak’s MH-65 Dolphin helicopters and crews are finishing out the season.  The Cordova deployment is expected to wrap up by the end of the month and the Dolphin helicopter and crew will return to Kodiak at that time.

During the 2011 season, aircrews conducted more than 10 aids to navigation missions, more than 10 fishery law enforcement patrols and more than 10 search and rescue cases.  More than nine lives were saved during the five months the aircrews were deployed to Cordova. 

For more information about the Cordova deployments, click here.

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