Coast Guard teams to deploy for summer operations in Kotzebue, Alaska

Petty Officer 2nd Class Alex Cullen (center), a marine science technician with the Coast Guard Marine Safety Task Force (MSTF), speaks with Teller Native Corporation employees during a facility inspection in Teller, Alaska, July 20, 2021. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Melissa E. F. McKenzie.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Alex Cullen (center), a marine science technician with the Coast Guard Marine Safety Task Force (MSTF), speaks with Teller Native Corporation employees during a facility inspection in Teller, Alaska, July 20, 2021. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Melissa E. F. McKenzie.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Members of Sector Anchorage’s Marine Safety Task Force (MSTF) will deploy to Kotzebue, Alaska July 6-16, 2022, for a multi-mission deployment focused primarily on facility inspections.

“Facility inspections help mitigate the potential for oil pollution in the region,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Houvener, a marine science technician and team lead. “These facilities are crucial for providing oil to warm homes during winter months. Alaska experiences harsh environmental conditions, so it’s important to inspect the safety and integrity of such waterside facilities to decrease the risk of an oil spill.”

Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak crews are also scheduled to open a seasonal forward-operating location for aircraft mid-July in Kotzebue to reduce response time to the Bering Strait and Northern Slope regions in anticipation of historically increased maritime activity there.

The use of forward operating locations in Alaska helps the service make the best strategic use of limited resources.

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