Coast Guard crews transport MH-65C to C-130 Hercules aircraft in Atlantic City, NJ

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City and Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., crewmembers transport a MH-65C Dolphin helicopter into a HC-130 Hercules aircraft for transfer from air station Atlantic City to Coast Guard Air Station Barber's Point in Honolulu April 30, 2011. It was a two-week process for crewmembers at Air Station Atlantic City for pre-aircraft transfer maintenance to prepare the helicopter for transport. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Crystalynn A. Kneen.

 

Post written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Crystalynn A. Kneen

Crews from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., and Elizabeth City, N.C., transported a MH-65-C Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Atlantic City in a C-130 Hercules aircraft April 30, 2011. The helicopter is being transferred to the crew at Air Station Barber’s Point in Honolulu.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City and Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., crewmembers transport a MH-65C Dolphin helicopter into a HC-130 Hercules aircraft for transfer from air station Atlantic City to Coast Guard Air Station Barber's Point in Honolulu April 30, 2011. It was a two-week process for crewmembers at Air Station Atlantic City for pre-aircraft transfer maintenance. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Crystalynn A. Kneen.

Air Station Atlantic City is normally the first to field test new models of helicopters and is in the process of upgrading their fleet to the delta model of the Dolphin helicopter. Two of Atlantic City’s older charlie models are being transferred to Barber’s Point this month to increase their response capabilities.

“This is one step in the process that enhances our operations here and at Barber’s Point, which both units benefit from the upgrade,” said Cmdr. Michael Brandhuber, the operations officer at Air Station Atlantic City. “This is a huge team effort on both ends, from securing the helicopter safely in the C-130 to building the helicopter back up and put in service quickly in Honolulu.”

The process of transferring helicopters across the country requires several hundred labor hours, however if the increased capabilities of the air stations result in even one life saved the amount of effort put into the transfer will become a quickly faded memory.

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