Coast Guard wraps up Arctic exercises

The Coast Guard finished up its training exercise in the Arctic on Thursday that simulated a mass maritime rescue operation.

The series of simulated drills was known as the Arctic Chinook exercise and wrapped Thursday morning in Kotzebue, according to a Coast Guard press release.

The activities involved the U.S. Coast Guard, the Alaska National Guard, state agencies, Alaska Native organizations and Canada’s armed forces.

The training is part of an International Maritime Search and Rescue Agreement between the Arctic Council nations — Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States.

The exercise demanded that participants put their theater skills to use.

According to the press release, drills involved treating people with simulated injuries, and an HC-130 aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak dropped a tent fit to shelter 25 people in Kotzebue. The release said some of the tents in these Arctic sustainment packages can accommodate up to 200 people.

Field exercises prepped trainees for rescues, leading people to shelter, and treating patients.

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