Final Arctic Awareness flight of the year departs Anchorage Monday morning, media invited

ANCHORAGE, Alaska– The Coast Guard will conduct its final Arctic Domain Awareness flight of 2009 Monday in support of testing personnel and equipment capabilities, identifying challenges, surveying sea ice and monitoring vessel traffic.

“The bi-monthly patrol of coastal Alaska and offshore waters provide a platform to monitor many vital areas of the Arctic,” said Lt. Cmdr. Steven McKechnie, Air Station Kodiak C-130 assistant operations officer. “Our mission also provides an opportunity for scientists and media to be introduced and educated regarding Coast Guard operations in the region.”

Monday’s flight will survey the Alaskan coastline and observe Kivalina, Barrow, Prudhoe Bay and Galena. A NOAA contractor will be on board collecting samples of methane and carbon dioxide emissions in the vicinity of Brooks Range for analysis and ongoing research.

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