Alabama-based Coast Guard aircrew supports Great Lakes missions


CLEVELAND--A U.S. Coast Guard HC-144A Ocean Sentry aircraft lands at Burke Lakefront Airport June 17, 2011. The aircraft arrived in Cleveland to support Coast Guard's missions on the Great Lakes. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Blackwell)

A U.S. Coast Guard HC-144A Ocean Sentry aircraft landed at Cleveland’s Burke Lakefront Airport June 17 to demonstrate the aircraft’s unique capabilities for Ninth Coast Guard District staff.

This fixed-wing turbo prop aircraft, assigned to Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala., is in the region to support Coast Guard missions and increase maritime domain awareness. It is capable of performing various missions, including maritime patrol, law enforcement, search and rescue, as well as cargo and personnel transport.

During its visit to Cleveland, the Ocean Sentry provided a short aerial tour and demonstration for members of the Ninth District staff, including District Commander Rear Adm. Mike Parks.

“The unique capabilities of the Ocean Sentry aircraft provide us with valuable information crucial in identifying and mitigating potential risks to the Great Lakes public,” Parks said. “Analyzing the data collected by the crew of the HC-144 enables us optimize the application of our resources to make the Great Lakes safer for all.”

The Ocean Sentry will be spending approximately two weeks in the Great Lakes region before returning home to ATC Mobile.