Australian Pilots Training at Coast Guard Aviation Training Center

MOBILE, Ala. – Two Royal Australian Navy (RAN) pilots are receiving training at the Coast Guard Aviation Training Center(ATC), here over the next several months.

The two Australian pilots are the first of four pilots who will train with the Coast Guard. This training is the result of a recently approved pilot loan agreement between the U.S. and the RAN.

“This is a win-win for both the Australian Navy and the Coast Guard. The Australians put qualified pilots waiting for flying positions into cockpits, and we begin to relieve pilot shortages from our current and projected growth in our aviation programs,” said Capt. Dave Callahan, commanding officer of ATC Mobile.

Upon completion of the training at ATC Mobile, the agreement allows for the Australian pilots to serve at coast Guard Air Stations in Cape Cod, Mass., San Diego, San Francisco and Miami. The pilots will operate Coast Guard HH-65C Dolphin and HH-60 Jayhawk helicopters for a period of three years.

“Although this is technically a pilot loan program, the duties of these RAN pilots preform in the U.S. Coast Guard will be similar our existing pilot exchange programs with Canada and the United Kingdom,” Callahan said.

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