Chief Machinist’s Mate Berry became one of the world’s first helicopter maintenance specialists. A distinguished expert mechanic on original Coast Guard aircraft including landplanes and seaplanes as well as helicopters, he was lead instructor at the very first U.S. military helicopter training unit, the Rotary Wing Development Unit…
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The bay was calm as my father, Enginemen 1st Class Harry L. Norris Sr., answered the call to set the special sea detail in May 1961. His newly constructed Coast Guard Point-class patrol boat trailed behind two other patrol boats as they neared the majestic Cape Charles lighthouse. An 8,000-mile, 45-day journey lay ahead for as the crew as they began their journey to the west, via the Panama Canal.
It was an emergency wildlife mission. A bunch of sick, cold Northeast turtles were stuck in Cape Cod trying to swim south and needed a quick lift to Florida. The Coast Guard heeded the call with a C-130J Hercules based out of Elizabeth City, N.C. The 70-pound Loggerhead and the smaller five to 10-pound Kemp’s Ridley turtles are in various stages of recovery from pneumonia and hypothermia. A record stranding of more than 200 sea turtles off the Northeast coast in early winter exceeded the New England Aquarium’s capacity to house the nearly comatose reptiles. Sensing urgency, the NOAA Fisheries Northeast Stranding Network facilitated a request for the emergency flight.
20,000 missions is a lot of hours in the sky. And those hours require a lot of maintenance. To ensure each helicopter is ready to take flight, there are few people more valuable to have around Elizabeth City than Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan Parker.
Aquarius, operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, allows aquanauts and astronauts alike to conduct research and simulate mission activities in the water’s low gravity. Diving in an underwater laboratory necessitates a unique expertise. It requires plenty of knowledge about underwater operations and skills held by very few individuals. It was just the kind of job for a Coast Guard diver.
Post Written By Ensign Lindsay Cook Hello Everyone, My last flight at the air station and the crew. From left to right: AMTC Mitchell, AMTC Langley, ENS Cook, LT Leone, and LT Huntley. My time at Air Station Elizabeth City has come to a close. While there, I learned a lot and got to fly
Post Written By Ensign Lindsay Cook Me, ENS Cook, sitting by the door of the helicopter looking at the Outer Banks of NC. Gorgeous view! Hello Everyone, So far, I’ve spent time in a HC-130 and a MH-60T and received a better understanding of what it’s like to be at an air station. I’ve learned
Post Written by Ensign Lindsay Cook Hello Everyone, The last few days I’ve been getting acquainted with the air station but I decided to focus on getting to know some of the personnel that make the air station run. One of the first people that I met at the air station was Yeoman, 1st class,
Ensign Cook is out and about again. This time, she is deployed to Air Station Elizabeth City. She will be posting all week as she learns about the AirSta’s missions and people. Here is her first post… -CBraesch ============================ Hello everyone, This is the MH-60T helicopter I flew in. I accompanied the crew on a