Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans deploys Dolphin helicopter to North Dakota

NEW ORLEANS – Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans has deployed an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter and crew to Fargo, N.D., to assist with the Red River flooding response efforts. The Dolphin arrived Friday after a 2-day journey from Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans located in Belle Chasse.

The deployment is part of a larger multi-agency operation that is responding to potentially heavy flooding along the Red River in North Dakota. Coast Guard personnel, airboats and aircraft are staged and prepared to assist in this effort being led by the state of North Dakota and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In all, there are 27 local, state and federal agencies involved.

The Coast Guard has a total of 43 people in the region to support this operation. The resources on scene include three airboats, two helicopters with four air crews, two Coast Guard Auxiliary communications units, and a 6-person boat maintenance and support team.

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