USCG concludes Arctic Shield operations
On Sunday, the Coast Guard ended its annual Arctic Shield operations with the seasonal closure of its Forward Operating Location, namely Kotzebue, Alaska.
During increased summer boating traffic, Air Station Kodiak air crews and two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters were forwarded to Kotzebue to provide improved response times and coverage to remote regions of Alaska.
Additionally, in support of maritime domain recognition, search and rescue, community relations, relationship building and scientific research, the crews of the Coast Guard Cutters Kukui, a 225-foot seagoing buoy tender homeported in Sitka, Alaska; and the Healy, a 420-foot medium icebreaker homeported in Seattle , Washington, patrolled the Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort Seas.
Coast Guard crews deployed to support Operation Arctic Shield, which began on 1 July, responded to 10 cases of search and rescue and saved 25 lives.
Coast Guard staff from the 17th Coast Guard District and Sector Anchorage completed facility checks and safety tests in order to avoid hazards at sea.
The Coast Guard also continued its relationships with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Office of Naval Research and provided vital support.
Operation Arctic Shield is the mobile and seasonal presence of the Coast Guard focused on conducting the 11 statutory missions of the service across the Arctic to ensure maritime protection, safety and stewardship. It is an annual operation that started in the year 2009.
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