Coast Guard moves 2 helicopters to Barrow

Associated PressJuly 17, 2012 

The Coast Guard has stationed two helicopters in Barrow in anticipation of increased activity in the Arctic.

The Coast Guard says two Kodiak-based MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters were stationed Monday at a seasonal forward operating location in Barrow. Support air, ground and communication crews also are in Barrow.

Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo says in a statement that the Barrow location allows the Coast Guard to react more quickly to an emergency in the Arctic because the closest base is 900 miles away, in Kodiak.

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