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Air Station Kodiak, H60T
KODIAK, Alaska - A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter sits on the ramp at the air station July 15, 2011, after the air station received this helicopter June 25. This helicopter received a complete avionics suite and electro-optic sensor system upgrade which includes a fully integrated electro-optical/infrared sensor system (ESS) with a new Trakkabeam searchlight permanently mounted outside the pilot’s door. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Charly Hengen.

Air Station Kodiak, H60T
KODIAK, Alaska - A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter sits on the ramp at the air station July 15, 2011. This helicopter received a complete avionics suite and electro-optic sensor system upgrades and arrived to Air Station Kodiak June 25 to begin Alaska-based Coast Guard missions. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Charly Hengen.

Air Station Sitka flight
SITKA, Alaska - Claire Wineland, a 13-year-old resident of Calabasas, Calif., stands with her mother, Melissa Nordquist, and crewmembers from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka before she rides aboard an MH-60T Jayhawk rescue helicopter Friday, Oct. 22, 2010. Wineland watched a search and rescue demonstration near Sitka Harbor conducted by a Jayhawk helicopter crew Monday and asked Air Station Sitka personnel to fly on a helicopter. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Walter Shinn.

Coast Guard, Make-A-Wish make dream come true for 11 year-old
MOBILE, Ala. – A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile hoists a rescue swimmer after receiving the signal from Luke Wiedeman as part of a search and rescue demonstration, Nov. 8, 2011. Crewmembers from ATC Mobile worked with the Mobile chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help Luke realize his dream of becoming a Coast Guard rescue swimmer. Luke was able to take part in training with the swimmers, navigate high-tech flight simulators and participate in a search and rescue demonstration. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Lehmann.

Kimberly Rescue
KODIAK, Alaska - Kodiak-based Coast Guard and emergency medical personnel transfer a fishing vessel Kimberly survivor from a rescue helicopter to an ambulance Jan. 25, 2012. The Kimberly went aground in Portage Bay with four people aboard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Charly Hengen.

Sen. Murkowski Stratton Tour
Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska watches as an MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter flies off the deck of the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton (WMSL-752) - the newest cutter in the fleet - as it transits the Chesapeake Bay Oct. 31, 2011. She toured the ship and met with some crewmembers from Alaska aboard the ship, along with Vice Adm. Manson Brown, Commander of the Pacific Area. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Kendrick.

Air Station Kodiak, H65D, 6529
KODIAK, Alaska - A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65D Dolphin helicopter sits in the air station's Hangar 3 July 15, 2011, after it was delivered to Kodiak June 24. The MH-65D features a new flight navigation system, new digital computer displays, embedded GPS and other digital avionics components. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Charly Hengen.

Survey of ice pack
LABRADOR SEA, CANADA – Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Monty Nijjar, attached to Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, looks out over an ice pack that stretches to the coast of Labrador as he pilots an HC-130J transporting members of the Coast Guard International Ice Patrol, April 7, 2011. The Ice Patrol will send data gathered on ice conditions, icebergs and their movements to the International Ice Patrol headquarters in New London, Conn. This data is then made available to ships traveling the North Atlantic shipping lanes. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Bob Laura.

HC-130J_MH-65 Dolphin transport
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City and Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., crewmembers transport a MH-65C Dolphin helicopter into a HC-130 Hercules aircraft for transfer from air station Atlantic City to Coast Guard Air Station Barber’s Point in Honolulu April 30, 2011. It was a two-week process for crewmembers at Air Station Atlantic City for pre-aircraft transfer maintenance to prepare the helicopter for transport. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Crystalynn A. Kneen.

Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak drops
KODIAK, Alaska - A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules aircraft crew take off to conduct drop training Feb. 25, 2010. The aircrews at station Kodiak conduct air drops to maintain skills required by the Coast Guard for C-130 aircrews. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Office 3rd Class Jonathan Lally.

HC-130H Rocket Launch
KODIAK, Alaska - Lt. Cmdr. Steve McKechnie and Lt. Brian Farmer scan the horizon for air traffic while on patrol of a safety zone prior to the launch of a rocket from the Kodiak Island Launch Complex Nov. 19, 2010. The Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircrew flew a patrol of for several hours of the safety zone prior to the launch and the Homer-based 110-foot Coast Guard Cutter Roanoke Island was in the area on stand by. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems
The Coast Guard’s Acquisition Directorate is working with the service’s sponsor, Research and Development Center (RDC), and technical authorities to identify, assess, and procure land- and cutter-based UASs and payload technologies that will meet operational requirements

Rescue 21 equipment
Typical Rescue 21 equipment consists of operator consoles in sector and station command centers. At Remote Fixed Facility (RFF) sites, there is a tower and at its base is a shelter, generator and propane tank.

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