US Coast Guard: Amplifying Arctic Capabilities Through Air and Sea

4 10 2012

It takes a great amount of teamwork to complete Coast Guard missions.  Forward deployed assets like the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, a national security cutter, cooperate with other Coast Guard units while underway to execute the Coast Guard’s 11 statutory missions.  One type of unit that supports the ship is the onboard aviation detachment.

Bertholf often sails with a deployed Coast Guard helicopter and crew, called the aviation detachment. The AVDET is under the direction of the senior pilot, an aircraft commander. The helicopters, most often MH-65 Dolphin helicopters, are used to augment or extend the range and capabilities of Bertholf’s sensors. The helicopter crews can operate covertly in total darkness, closely monitoring suspect vessels on the water or as long range reconnaissance to detect things like the ice edge in the Arctic.

Read the rest at Coast Guard Compass




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