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US Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin Helicopters Retired After 36 Years of Service in Alaska

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US Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin Helicopters Retired After 36 Years of Service in Alaska

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US Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin Helicopters Retired After 36 Years of Service in Alaska
US Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin Helicopters Retired After 36 Years of Service in Alaska

The U.S. Coast Guard retired the Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter fleet during a ceremony, Tuesday. Capt. Timothy Williams, commanding officer of Air Station Kodiak, presided over the ceremony honoring the 36 years of service the MH-65 Dolphin airframe and its crews provided to the Arctic region. Air Station Kodiak currently has a rotary-wing fleet of six MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters. The unit will shift to a rotary-wing ship-and-shore based fleet of nine MH-60 Jayhawks in 2025. Air Station Kodiak currently has a rotary-wing fleet of six MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters. The unit will shift to a rotary-wing ship-and-shore based fleet of nine MH-60 Jayhawks in 2025.

“For decades, the cutter and helicopter team were the core of the ALPAT mission. Together they projected force and protection to the most extreme remote regions of our nation’s territories, operating beyond where help could reach. Countless lives have been saved because of these dedicated crews,” said Cmdr. James Kenshalo, MH-65 Dolphin pilot.

Members of Air Station Kodiak attend a ceremony to retire the MH-65 Dolphin helicopter airframe at Air Station Kodiak, April 23, 2024. Air Station Kodiak will be the fourth Coast Guard Air Station to transition to a single rotary-wing ship and shore-based fleet of nine MH-60 Jayhawks in 2025. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Second Class Ian Gray)
Members of Air Station Kodiak attend a ceremony to retire the MH-65 Dolphin helicopter airframe at Air Station Kodiak, April 23, 2024. Air Station Kodiak will be the fourth Coast Guard Air Station to transition to a single rotary-wing ship and shore-based fleet of nine MH-60 Jayhawks in 2025. (Photo by Petty Officer Second Class Ian Gray/U.S. Coast Guard)

The Eurocopter MH-65 Dolphin is a twin-engined helicopter operated by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) for medevac-capable search and rescue (SAR) and armed Airborne Use of Force missions. It is a variant of the French-built Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin. Since 2007, the entire fleet has been equipped with new engines that add 40% more power and airborne use of force capabilities, redesignating the aircraft MH-65s. Additionally, the Coast Guard is executing a Service Life Extension Project (SLEP) to extend the service life the H-65 Dolphin by 10,000 flights hours. The H-65 Dolphin has been in the Coast Guard’s inventory since 1984.

The Sikorsky MH-60T Jayhawk is a multi-mission, twin-engine, medium-range helicopter operated by the United States Coast Guard for search and rescue, law enforcement, military readiness and marine environmental protection missions. The Coast Guard is currently completing a Service Life Extension Project (SLEP) to sustain MH-60T Jayhawk fleet operations through the 2030s. Air Station Kodiak will be the fourth Coast Guard Air Station to transition to a single rotary wing fleet of MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters. Air Stations Borinquen, Traverse City, and New Orleans all recently completed similar transitions.

The MH-60T is an all-weather medium range recovery (MRR) helicopter that provides multi-mission capabilities in support of Department of Homeland Security and Coast Guard missions.
The MH-60T is an all-weather medium range recovery (MRR) helicopter that provides multi-mission capabilities in support of Department of Homeland Security and Coast Guard missions. (Photo by Petty Officer Second Class Ian Gray/U.S. Coast Guard)

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