Washington - The Office of Air and Marine P-3 Operations Centers are assisting the U.S. Coast Guard in clean up efforts for Operation Deepwater Horizon-the oil spill that has spread throughout the Gulf Coast region.
P-3 flight crews from Corpus Christi, Texas and Jacksonville, Fla., are providing airspace de-confliction and flight advisories to the numerous government agencies that are participating in the clean up and containment efforts.
The P-3 Airborne Early Warning is a detection and monitoring aircraft that is used to provide wide area surveillance, airborne command and control and communications capabilities. The aircraft's high-endurance, all-weather capabilities combined with the exceptional flight crew experience makes it ideal for this mission," said Ron Reed, the Aviation Group Supervisor in Corpus Christi.
"Our P-3's have the capability to provide aerial over watch, communications relay and simulcast for all of the government organizations involved in this effort-something nobody else can do."
OAM has been asked to provide 100 hours of flight time to assist with this effort, and operations began on Thursday morning-within 24 hours of the U.S. Coast Guard's request.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.