San Diego Coast Guard crew deploys to Texas ahead of Hurricane Harvey

An MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Sector San Diego prepares a Jayhawk at Sector San Diego for flight prior to deploying in support of the Hurricane Harvey response efforts on August 25, 2017. Hurricane Harvey is expected to make landfall in Texas as a category 3 hurricane. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Joel Guzman/released).

An MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Sector San Diego prepares to deploy in support of the Hurricane Harvey response efforts on August 25, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Joel Guzman/released).

SAN DIEGO — A Coast Guard Sector San Diego helicopter crew deployed to Texas Friday in response to Hurricane Harvey.

A five-person MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew departed the air station at approximately 2:45 p.m. en route to Texas, and will be ready to assist disaster response operations in the wake of the hurricane’s landfall.

The crew is expected to arrive in El Paso, Texas, and remain there until response efforts begin under the direction of incident command posts.

“A unique capability of the Coast Guard and our people is our adaptability when it comes to answering the call to action,” said Cmdr. Rob Potter, the Sector San Diego chief of response. “San Diego is our home, but our crews are ready to deploy across the country to help those in need.”

There are no impacts to current local Coast Guard operations.

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