Sept. 12, 2008 —
Hurlburt Field, Fla. – The 1st Special Operations Wing here launched two CV-22 Ospreys, an MC-130P Combat Shadow and an MH-53 Pave Low helicopter today to prepare for a possible rescue of 22 people aboard the Cyprus-flagged freighter Antalina adrift in the Gulf of Mexico south of Louisiana caught in Hurricane Ike.
An MC-130W Combat Spear from Cannon AFB, but currently on station at Hurlburt Field, was also launched in the effort.
Four pararescue teams from Air Force Special Operations Command’s 720th Special Tactics Group, were on board the aircraft along with two inflatable Zodiac boats.
The AFSOC teams and aircraft will be assisting the U.S. Coast Guard in the rescue attempts.
More information will be provided as soon as it becomes available.