Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans receives first of upgraded helicopters

NEW ORLEANS – Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans announced today the upgrade of the unit’s HH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopters to the state-of-the-art MH-65C helicopter.

The MH-65C Dolphin is a significantly improved version of the current aircraft flown by the air station. The MH-65C boasts enhanced search and rescue capabilities, an upgraded tail rotor system, and a new, more robust avionics package. The new avionics will allow for increased flexibility in communications, as well as increased interoperability with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. The avionics package also includes a heads-up display, new direction finding equipment to improve the ability to locate mariners in distress, and the capability to seamlessly integrate into the Coast Guard’s modernized Rescue 21 command, control and communications system.

The MH-65C Dolphin is employed throughout the Coast Guard for a range of missions including search and rescue, homeland security, drug and migrant interdiction, law enforcement, marine environmental protection, and a variety of other missions that support the public interests of the United States.

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