Arctic missions continue for Coast Guard

KODIAK, Alaska – The Coast Guard completed its sixth Arctic Domain Awareness flight Wednesday in support of operations, exploration and understanding the region.

The Arctic Domain Awareness flights provide the Coast Guard a better understanding of the Arctic by testing personnel and equipment capabilities, identifying challenges, surveying sea ice and monitoring vessel traffic.

The flights provide visibility on seasonal mining operations and coastal erosion while supporting the Coast Guard’s Homeland Security mission, maritime domain awareness and science research.

“The bi-monthly patrol of coastal Alaska and offshore waters provide a platform to monitor many vital areas of the Arctic,” said Lt. Cmdr. Steven McKechnie, Air Station Kodiak C-130 assistant operations officer. “Our mission also provides an opportunity for scientists and media to be introduced and educated regarding Coast Guard operations in the region.”

Wednesday’s flight surveyed the Alaskan coastline and observed Deadhorse, Red Dog Mine, Barrow, Wainwright, Kivalina, Point Lay, Kotzebue and Point Hope.

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