AKRCC rescue training over Inlet

Apr 19, 2018

An Alaska National Guard HC-130J Hercules.
Credit Lockheed Martin

If you saw some unusual activity over Upper Cook Inlet last night, maybe some random flares and aircraft performing search patters, it turns out it was exercises conducted by the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center out of J-BER (J-bear) in Anchorage.

Lt. Col. Candis Olmstead with the Alaska National Guard in Anchorage said an HC-130-J Combat King II cargo plane crew was conducting night training over water, using a simulated event such as an overturned boat with missing crew. She said it did include the dropping of flares to assist in spotting objects in the water.

Olmstead described the training as routine and applicable for both military and civilian search and rescue operations.

The U.S. Coast Guard District 17 watchstander in Anchorage said this morning that the AKRCC was active over Kalgin Island and vicinity from about 6:30 to about 9:30 p.m. conducting search and rescue exercises.