A season of lifesaving

The last MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew forward deployed to Cordova, Alaska, for the summer season returned to its home base of Kodiak closing out a season of lifesaving.

Throughout the deployment, which started May 1, 2013, aircrews out of forward operating location Cordova flew on 26 cases, saved 11 and assisted 18. You can see some of the case highlights in the video above or watch it on YouTube.

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 forward operating location 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.”

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