Traverse City, Michigan's Coast Guard will replace four Eurocopter MH-65 Dolphins with three Sikorsky MH-60T Jayhawks, according to a Coast Guard news release. The switch will happen at Air Station Traverse City in April next year.
Located in the Great Lakes Region in the Coast Guard's ninth district, the Traverse City Coast Guard based this rotorcraft switch on its need for more advanced search and rescue capabilities. The MH-60T can fly twice as long before fueling as the short-range MH-65, and it can carry more passengers. With the harsh weather native to the region, the MH-60's engine will have anti-ice and rotor-blade de-icing systems to improve safety.
The replaced MH-65s will be transferred to other Coast Guard air stations. With MH-60T operations slated to be in full swing by mid-August, all MH-65 operations at Air Station Traverse City will cease no later than the end of September.
This switch does not introduce anything new to the Guard, as it has been flying MH-60s since the 1990s and currently operates more than 40 MH-60Ts throughout the U.S.