Coast Guard deploys more California crews in support of Hurricane Harvey response

A member of the Coast Guard’s Pacific Strike Team prepares to load an all-terrain vehicle into a C-27 Spartan aircraft at Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento in Sacramento, Calif., Aug. 28, 2017. The ATV along with rescue skiffs, pollution response equipment and medical supplies are being loaded to assist with relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

A member of the Coast Guard’s Pacific Strike Team prepares to load an all-terrain vehicle into a C-27 Spartan aircraft at Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento in Sacramento, Calif., Aug. 28, 2017. 

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Coast Guard deployed additional California-based personnel and equipment in support of Hurricane Harvey relief operations Monday.

A Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento flight crew of five people deployed Monday afternoon aboard a C-27 Spartan aircraft carrying three people from the Coast Guard Pacific Strike Team to provide assistance to those in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

The Spartan was also loaded with approximately 3,000 pounds of search and rescue equipment including an all-terrain vehicle, search and rescue skiffs, pollution response equipment and medical supplies. The personnel and response gear are bound for a staging area at Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama.

A San Diego-based aircrew deployed Friday from San Diego aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter. Additional aircrew members and maintenance personnel from Coast Guard Air Stations Humboldt Bay, San Francisco and San Diego also deployed Monday to assist in search and rescue operations.

“These California-based Coast Guard crews, aircraft and response gear will join thousands of other Coast Guard and partner agency first responders from around the nation to help the people of the Gulf coast,” said Rear Admiral Todd Sokalzuk, the commander of the 11th Coast Guard District. “We have no shortage of volunteers for these missions because helping people and saving lives are what drive our service. I’m proud of all our crews, and the many good Samaritans in the impacted areas who are coming to the aid of their friends and neighbors,” he said.

There are no impacts to current local Coast Guard operations.

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