Preparing for the worst through practice: Exercise Arctic Chinook 2016
U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski speaks with U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Nahashon Almondmoss (right) and Lt. Cmdr Mike Angeli (middle-right) in route to Kotzebue, Alaska aboard a USCG C-130 Aug. 24, 2016. More than 60 distinguished visitors flew to Kotzebue to observe Exercise Arctic Chinook, which is a joint USCG and U.S. Northern Command-sponsored exercise on the U.S. State Department approved list of Arctic Council Chairmanship events. The Arctic mass rescue operation exercise scenario consisted of an adventure-class cruise ship with approximately 200 passengers and crew that experience a catastrophic event with the need to abandon ship. Arctic Chinook exercised elements of the Arctic Search and Rescue Agreement to include interoperability, cooperation, information sharing, SAR services, and joint exercise review.

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