Coast Guard seasonal aviation support arrives in Cordova

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew prepares for takeoff from a helipad in Cordova. (May 1, 2020) Photo courtesy of Lt. Scott Kellerman/U.S. Coast Guard

Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak has opened up its seasonal aviation support facility in Cordova in advance of summer fisheries beginning in mid-May.

Air Station Kodiak aircrews transferred an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and equipment to Cordova on Saturday, May 1, to reduce their response time for Gulf of Alaska maritime activity during the summer season.

“Staging crews and aircraft in Cordova can eliminate hours of flight time transiting from Kodiak to maritime emergencies in eastern Alaska during one of the busiest fishing seasons of the year,” said. Lt. Scott Kellerman, a helicopter pilot from Air Station Kodiak.

The Coast Guard also utilizes other seasonal locations to cut down response times to mariners, including Kotzebue and Cold Bay.