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Arctic Shield 2012 - Testing 'Awesome' Amphibious Craft (One Developed in Ketchikan) / Senators Visit (photos/video)

Date: Aug. 15, 2012
USCG D17 External Affairs - BARROW, Alaska – Personnel from the 17th Coast Guard District and the Coast Guard Office of Boat Forces are assisting the Coast Guard Research and Development Center in conducting evaluations on some Arctic craft in Barrow Aug. 13-17, 2012.

As the Coast Guard’s role above the Arctic Circle expands, boats, or vessels smaller than 65-feet long, capable of operating in icy conditions are becoming necessary to accomplish parts of the Coast Guard’s statutory missions.

“We’re looking for a craft that is capable of transiting through and over ice and ice-strewn water,” said Rich Hansen, a Branch Chief at the Coast Guard Research and Development Center, in New London, Conn. “We’re also looking for shallow water capability, and the ability to operate in areas with minimal infrastructure. Ideally we would like to find something that could be flown in on Coast Guard aircraft in the event of an incident requiring our response.”

The Center solicited industry participation through a Broad Agency Announcement earlier this year.

During the one-week evaluation, the Coast Guard personnel on scene will document the demonstrations for assessment by the Coast Guard Research and Development Center.

“This demonstration is only evaluating potential technologies that may provide improved capabilities in the arctic environment,” said Hansen. “The information gained will be used by the Coast Guard to explore its options for operating in this challenging environment.”

At this time there is not an active acquisition activity for either of the craft being observed.

Arctic Shield 2012- Amphibious Craft Arktos Developments personnel drive their amphibious craft onto an ice floe during a demonstration for the Coast Guard 10 miles off the coast of Barrow, Alaska, Aug. 13, 2012. The ice-capability display provided Coast Guard personnel with insight for development of a future Coast Guard Arctic craft. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst.

  Arctic Shield 2012- Amphibious Craft Cmdr. Rich Condit, of the Coast Guard Office of Boat Forces, and Chief Warrant Officer Mark Helmers, of the 17th Coast Guard District response division, watch a prototype amphibious vessel, developed by Tyler Rentals of Ketchikan, Alaska, while standing on an ice floe 10 miles off the coast of Barrow Aug. 13, 2012. Coast Guard Research and Development Center personnel initiated an evaluation of amphibious vessels in the Arctic to document challenges associated with operating craft in the extreme environment. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst.

Arctic Shield 2012- Senators visit FOL Barrow
Arctic Shield 2012- Senators visit FOL Barrow
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven bid farewell to Coast Guard aircrews deployed to forward operating location Barrow, Alaska before boarding a Coast Guard HU-25 Guardian airplane Aug. 5, 2012. Murkowski and Hoeven joined Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp and 17th District Commander Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo in a visit to FOL Barrow to observe the temporary Coast Guard facility and interact with local community leaders. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst.

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