Coast Guard Commandant visits Operation Arctic Crossroad personnel at Kotzebue

KOTZEBUE, Alaska – Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp Jr. and Sen. Mark Begich visit personnel involved with Operation Arctic Crossroads 2010 at Forward Operating Location Kotzebue Tuesday.

During the visit in Kotzebue Papp held a meeting with community leaders where they had the opportunity to ask questions regarding what role the Coast Guard plays in operating in the Arctic Region.

“I understand that when the ice recedes and the water is there these are some of the most treacherous waters in the world,” said Papp. “Anyone who sails through the Bering Sea, Arctic Ocean and the Gulf of Alaska experience weather that is unlike any other across the world.“

The Coast Guard is testing the capabilities for small response boats operating in shallow waters, testing the reliability of traditional communications and reaching out to remote villages in the Arctic Region with a team of medical doctors as well as veterinarians. Two Coast Guard Auxiliary members also traveled to the remote villages educating the communities on boating safety.

Operations from Arctic Crossroads 2010 will be evaluated by Papp who will present the results to Congress in Washington D.C.

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