Coast Guard now has long-term base in Arctic

    A Jayhawk helicopter rolled into a hangar in Kotzebue Friday.

    The Coast Guard now has a long-term base in the Arctic, for the first time.

    A Jayhawk helicopter rolled into a hangar in Kotzebue Friday at the Alaska Army National Guard Aviation Facility.

    The Coast Guard signed a five-year lease with the National Guard, after setting up seasonal bases in Barrow and Nome the last few years.

    Last summer, a helicopter operated out of Deadhorse, just south of Prudhoe Bay.

    Melting Arctic Sea ice has brought more activity to Alaska's northern shore, but the closest permanent Coast Guard base is still Kodiak.
     

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