>Kodiak-based air station HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews conduct routine maintenance

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KODIAK, Alaska – Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Yackeschi, an aviation maintenance technician with Air Station Kodiak, inspects the tail blade of an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter in Hanger 3 of the air station for any leaks of mechnical fluids Feb. 16, 2011.

Members of the Dolphin helicopter airframe conduct routine maintenance for the helicopters every seven to 14 days to keep the aircraft ready to fly.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally.

KODIAK, Alaska – Petty Officer 2nd Class Blaize Potts, an aviation maintenance technician with Air Station Kodiak, unscrews a release plug on an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter Feb. 16, 2011, during a routine maintenance period.

Dolphin aircrews conduct a seven to 14 day maintenance check of the Dolphins to keep the helicopters mission ready for the Coast Guard cutter patrols in Alaska’s Bering Sea.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally.

KODIAK, Alaska – Petty Officer 2nd Class Matt Allyn, an aviation maintenance technician with the Kodiak-based air station HH-65 Dolphin helicopter department, checks the undercarriage of a helicopter during a routine maintenance period for the aircraft Feb. 16, 2011.

Members of the Dolphin department conduct extensive routine maintenance of the helicopter to ensure the aircraft is in a “ready” status for Coast Guard missions.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally.

KODIAK, Alaska – Petty Officer 3rd Class Josh Gaeta, an aviation maintenance technician with Air Station Kodiak, conducts a routine 14 day inspection of the rotor blade pins of an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter in Hanger 3 at the air station Feb. 16, 2011.

Gaeta and other members of the Dolphin department check the pins to see if there are any discrepencies such as bends or cracks in the pin to make sure the blade is properly set and balanced.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally.

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