Coast Guard, Alaska Air National Guard train for Arctic emergencies

17th Coast Guard District News
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Coast Guard will perform joint training with the Alaska Air National Guard at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Thursday in preparation for a joint Arctic response exercise to be held in Barrow in July.

The Coast Guard aircrew will be working with the Alaska National Guard pararescuemen in the proper way to safely deploy equipment and personnel from the plane. During Thursday’s exercise, equipment and personnel will be deployed from multiple altitudes simulating what a joint response effort for a rescue event in the remote Arctic might demand.

As Alaska’s Arctic coastline becomes more accessible, the Coast Guard continues to work with National, State and local partners to ensure the safety of life at sea. This training exercise provides two of Alaska’s military based search and rescue practitioners a chance to work together, training on how to safely respond to any future situation.

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