Coast Guard transitions seasonal forward operating locations in Alaska

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, takes off in Prudhoe Bay, June 27, 2015. An aircrew from the air station was deployed to Prudhoe Bay to conduct maritime domain awareness flights. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Meredith Manning)

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, takes off in Prudhoe Bay. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Meredith Manning)

JUNEAU, Alaska – Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, crews are transitioning seasonal forward operating locations throughout Alaska.

Crews are scheduled to close FOL Deadhorse Thursday. During the summermonths, aircrews were deployed to FOL Deadhorse in support of Arctic Shield 2015.

Crews closed FOL Cordova Sept. 30 and are scheduled to open FOL Cold Bay, Thursday, in advance of winter fisheries.

Coast Guard aircrews transferred equipment and air assets to Cold Bay toreduce response time to Bristol Bay, the Bering Sea and the Aleutian Islandsduring peak fishing season.

Air Station Kodiak personnel who were deployed to FOL Cordova this summerflew on 13 cases, saved five lives and assisted three other lives in the Gulf of Alaska and Prince William Sound.

“Air Station Kodiak establishes three FOLs annually to increase response times in different parts of Alaska,” said Capt. Diane Durham, Coast Guard District 17 chief of response. “Having crews deploy across Alaska allows us to more efficiently help distressed mariners during busy summer months and peak fishing seasons.”

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