Wednesday, May 1

• Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak temporarily deployed an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and support personnel to their forward operating location in Cordova, to safeguard mariners in Prince William Sound and southcentral Alaska.

With an increased number of vessels operating in the region during the spring and summer, the deployed Coast Guard aircrew will be able to rapidly respond to mariners in need of assistance.

The forward-deployed crews receive logistical support from Air Station Kodiak-based HC-130 Hercules airplane crews throughout their deployment.

Forward-deployed aircrews in Cordova saved nine lives and assisted 12 others during the 2012 summer season.

• United States and Canadian personnel completed a three-day joint maritime search and rescue exercise Wednesday in Prince Rupert, B.C.

The exercise began Monday and tested search and rescue planning efforts and coordination of rescue assets.

Participating agencies included: The Canadian navy, Joint Task Force Pacific, Joint Rescue Centre Victoria, U.S. Coast Guard 17th District, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Juneau, Joint Task Force Alaska and the 11th Air Force Alaska.

Friday, May 3

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Maple worked with scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey to deploy 12 seismic sensors along the Queen Charlotte-Fairweather Fault, northwest of Craig on Friday and Saturday.

The team placed the ocean-bottom seismometers along a 28-mile section of the Queen Charlotte-Fairweather Fault to improve understanding of recent earthquake activity and associated seismic and tsunami hazards in Southeast Alaska coastal communities.

The Maple, a 225-foot buoy tender homeported in Sitka, has all the necessary equipment on board to handle hefty equipment like the OBS.

The crew deployed the 12 seismometers over two days before returning to Sitka. These instruments, and the data they record, are due to be recovered in early June.

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