Coast Guard mobilizes forward operating location Cordova

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew prepares for take off from a helipad in Cordova, Alaska, May 1, 2020. The Kodiak aircrew arrived with equipment and air assets to the Cordova forward operating location to reduce the response time to the Gulf of Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard Courtesy photo by Lt. Scott Kellerman

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew prepares for take off from a helipad in Cordova, Alaska, May 1, 2020.  U.S. Coast Guard Courtesy photo by Lt. Scott Kellerman

KODIAK, Alaska — Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak crews opened up a seasonal aviation support facility Saturday in Cordova, Alaska in advance of summer fisheries.

Air Station Kodiak aircrews transferred an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and equipment to Cordova to reduce the response time to the Gulf of Alaska in anticipation of historically increased maritime activity in that region during the summer.

“Establishing forward operating locations helps us ensure the safety of mariners during peak fishing seasons in the region by allowing us to get on scene faster,” said Lt. Scott Kellerman, a helicopter pilot from Air Station Kodiak. “Staging crews and aircraft in Cordova can eliminate hours of flight time transiting from Kodiak to maritime emergencies in eastern Alaska during one of the busiest fishing seasons of the year.”

Air Station Kodiak utilizes other seasonal locations throughout the state of Alaska to cut down response times to mariners, including Kotzebue, Alaska, and Cold Bay, Alaska.

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