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News Release

September 27, 2013

U.S. Coast Guard 17th District Public Affairs

Contact: Petty Officer 2nd Class Grant DeVuyst


Office: (907) 463-2065

Mobile: (907) 321-1866

Video Release: Coast Guard to close Cordova, Alaska, FOL for the season

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Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak helicopter crews forward deployed to Cordova rescue and provide assistance to mariners near the Kenai Peninsula throughout the 2013 summer season.

Crews are deployed to the forward operating location every year in response to increased maritime activity.

U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Kodiak.

JUNEAU, Alaska — The last Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew forward deployed to Cordova for the summer is scheduled to return to Kodiak Monday.

Throughout the deployment, which started May 1, 2013, aircrews out of forward operating location Cordova flew on 26 cases, saved 11 lives and assisted 18 other lives.

Air Station Kodiak personnel deploy to Cordova every summer in response to the increase in maritime traffic in the Gulf of Alaska and Prince William Sound.

“The FOL allows us to reduce the distance aircrews have to travel when responding to emergencies in the Gulf of Alaska and Prince William Sound,” said Lt. Francis Wolfe, a pilot with Air Station Kodiak. “Even in the summer, the Alaskan environment can be dangerous and unpredictable, making quick response times an absolute necessity when disasters occur.”

For more information contact Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst at 907-321-1866.

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