A Coast Guard helicopter from Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron in Jacksonville maneuvers over a Coast Guard tactical training boat. After the pilots get the helicopter in to position, a gunner aboard the helicopter will simulate shooting out the engines of the boat. The tactical training boat is designed to mirror a high-speed drug smuggling boat used in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea known as a go-fast. Aircrews from HITRON deploy aboard Coast Guard cutters to known drug transit zones through out the Pacific and the Caribbean stopping smugglers. The armed helicopter interdiction unit has stopped 114 go-fasts since 1998 preventing more than $8 billion worth of illegal narcotics from hitting U.S. streets. USCG photo by PA1 Donnie Brzuska
Petty Officer 1st Class Nghiep Trang of Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron in Jacksonville aims his sights in the path of a Coast Guard tactical training boat. Trang is a precision gunner at HITRON that shoots the engines of fleeing drug smuggling boats known as go-fasts, and he will shoot his machine in the path of a go-fast as means to warn them to stop. The tactical training boat is a speed-boat specially designed to resemble and perform like a go-fast. Trang is a Detroit native and has thwarted two drug smuggling attempts using his gun. The HITRON aircrew was preparing for an upcoming deployment. USCG photo by PA1 Donnie Brzuska
Coast Guard and FEMA crews load a C-130 aircraft with palettes of cots and blankets to be flown from Moffett Field here to San Diego for the people who have been displaced from their homes by the raging wildfires there. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Kevin J. Neff)
Atlantic Strike Team members use cargo straps to tie down their personal equipment pallet before it is loaded on an HC-130J Hercules aircraft at the St. Croix Airport Aug. 31, 2007. Fourteen members of the AST flew to St. Croix to participate in team training and two exercises involving the Port Authority, Havensa and local Coast Guard units.
The Coast Guard accepted delivery of the first upgraded HC-130J long-range surveillance maritime patrol aircraft Friday. The aircraft's new mission equipment and sensor packages are designed to deliver enhanced search, detection and tracking capabilities to perform maritime search and rescue, maritime law enforcement and homeland security missions. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (March 6, 2005) Petty Officer Second Class Brett Salter of MSST 91103 San Pedro prepares to advance to the bridge of the Coast Guard Cutter TERN during a Special Surface and Airborne Use of Force exercise in San Francisco Bay. The TERN served as a non-compliant vessel on which MSST members performed a vertical insertion and a boarding by boat. USCG Photo by PA1 Alan Haraf.
As Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Jarret Kenning of Maritime Safety and Security Team New York follows behind, Petty Officer 3rd Class Rick Hodges, also of MSST New York, leads his explosive-detecting dog, Mynx, through a line of cars waiting to board the Cat ferry to Nova Scotia at the Portland International Marine Terminal Friday, August 17.
USS JOHN C. STENNIS, crew members transport an injured civilian from a US Coast Guard HH-60J Jayhawk helicopter, to medical facilities aboard ship. The STENNIS assisted in the rescue operations, while underway conducting training in the Pacific Ocean.
A Coast Guard HH-60 performs a search and rescue, demonstration following the annual Alaska Day Parade on October 18, 2007. The rescue swimmer is deployed to recover a person simulating distress in the water, displaying rescue techniques that would be used in an actual SAR case. (Official Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Eric J. Chandler)
I'll Post More Tomorrow!A U.S. Coast Guard HH-60J Jayhawk search and rescue helicopter, from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Sitka, conducts a search and rescue flight training exercise over Sitka Sound, on Dec. 11, 2006. Mount Edgecumbe, a long-dormant volcano located on Kruzof Island, Alexander Archipelago, Alaska, is seen in the far background. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class William Greer) (Released)