Coast Guard training ramps up at Air Station Humboldt Bay

Pacific Southwest Coast Guard News
MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. – Local residents will notice an increase in helicopter training flights as aircrews from Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay, Calif., complete a comprehensive evaluation program beginning Monday, April 14-19.

A standardization team, consisting of pilots, flight mechanics, and rescue swimmers from the Coast Guard’s Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Ala., will be conducting the assessment. The annual visit evaluates both flight and maintenance procedures to ensure standardization across the Coast Guard’s aviation program. This enables crews from across the nation to work together seamlessly in times of need, such as the response to Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

“The Coast Guard is full of motivated young men and women who joined to help save lives,” said Capt. Salvatore Palmeri, Coast Guard Group/Air Station Humboldt Bay commanding officer. “Evaluation programs like these ensure the men and women of the Coast Guard remain expertly trained and highly proficient to respond to those in distress.”

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