CGNR 6573, two pilots, and four Aviation Detachment (AvDet) members embarked aboard POLAR SEA from Kodiak, AK during POLAR SEA's Arctic West Fall 08 patrol. The helicopter supported POLAR SEA by documenting oil skimmer deployment and ice operations, and providing logistical assistance. The AvDet gained valuable experience, as well, flying in the polar region and completing ice landings.
POLAR SEA conducted flight operations with the below C-130 just north of Barrow, AK in mid-November. The C-130 performed a series of fly-overs before dropping a package of necessary equipment for CGNR 6573. This was the first time that POLAR SEA conducted a drop with a C-130.