Coast Guard Trains for More Arctic Traffic

As the arctic sea ice pulls back and more shipping, research and other vessels ply the opened-up waters, the U.S. Coast Guard is trying to beef up its arctic presence. Future plans call for a deepwater port for enforcement and rescue vessels somewhere in arctic Alaska, but for now they have to rely more on aircraft. On Thursday, APRN’s Steve Heimel went out to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson to watch a Coast Guard flight crew and Air National Guard para-rescuemen working together on a way to drop help to people in distress in the arctic.

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