California Air National Guard Completes Life-saving Mission on Pacific Ocean

An HH60G Pave Hawk helicopter assigned with the 129th Rescue Wing, Moffett Federal Airfield, prepares for take-off, August 12, 2016.   California Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing conducts an overwater rescue mission on the Pacific Ocean in response to a seriously ill 37-year-old crewman on board the HMCS Calgary, a Canadian naval frigate, 800 miles off shore from San Francisco. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ray Aquino/released)

An HH60G Pave Hawk helicopter assigned with the 129th Rescue Wing, Moffett Federal Airfield, prepares for take-off, August 12, 2016. California Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing conducts an overwater rescue mission on the Pacific Ocean in response to a seriously ill 37-year-old crewman on board the HMCS Calgary, a Canadian naval frigate, 800 miles off shore from San Francisco. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ray Aquino/released)

California Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing, Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., prepares an HH60G Pave Hawk helicopter for a night-time overwater operation, August 12, 2016.  The Guardsmen are preparing for an overwater rescue mission on the Pacific Ocean in response to a seriously ill 37-year-old crewman on board the HMCS Calgary, a Canadian naval frigate, 800 miles off shore from San Francisco. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ray Aquino/released)

California Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing, Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., prepares an HH60G Pave Hawk helicopter for a night-time overwater operation, August 12, 2016. The Guardsmen are preparing for an overwater rescue mission on the Pacific Ocean in response to a seriously ill 37-year-old crewman on board the HMCS Calgary, a Canadian naval frigate, 800 miles off shore from San Francisco. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ray Aquino/released)

California Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing, Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., prepares an MC130P Combat Shadow aircraft for a night-time overwater operation, August 12, 2016.  The Guardsmen are preparing for an overwater rescue mission on the Pacific Ocean in response to a seriously ill 37-year-old crewman on board the HMCS Calgary, a Canadian naval frigate, 800 miles off shore from San Francisco. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ray Aquino/released)

California Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing, Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., prepares an MC130P Combat Shadow aircraft for a night-time overwater operation, August 12, 2016. The Guardsmen are preparing for an overwater rescue mission on the Pacific Ocean in response to a seriously ill 37-year-old crewman on board the HMCS Calgary, a Canadian naval frigate, 800 miles off shore from San Francisco. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ray Aquino/released)

Pararescuemen with the 129th Rescue Wing, prepare their gear and equipment on board an MC130P Combat Shadow aircraft, August 12, 2016. California Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing conducts an overwater rescue mission on the Pacific Ocean in response to a seriously ill 37-year-old crewman on board the HMCS Calgary, a Canadian naval frigate, 800 miles off shore from San Francisco. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ray Aquino/released)

Pararescuemen with the 129th Rescue Wing, prepare their gear and equipment on board an MC130P Combat Shadow aircraft, August 12, 2016. California Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing conducts an overwater rescue mission on the Pacific Ocean in response to a seriously ill 37-year-old crewman on board the HMCS Calgary, a Canadian naval frigate, 800 miles off shore from San Francisco. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ray Aquino/released)

California Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing conducts an overwater rescue mission on the Pacific Ocean in response to a seriously ill 37-year-old crewman on board the HMCS Calgary, a Canadian naval frigate, 800 miles off shore from San Francisco. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ray Aquino/released)

California Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing conducts an overwater rescue mission on the Pacific Ocean in response to a seriously ill 37-year-old crewman on board the HMCS Calgary, a Canadian naval frigate, 800 miles off shore from San Francisco. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ray Aquino/released)

California Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing conducts an overwater rescue mission on the Pacific Ocean in response to a seriously ill 37-year-old crewman on board the HMCS Calgary, a Canadian naval frigate, 800 miles off shore from San Francisco. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ray Aquino/released)

California Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing conducts an overwater rescue mission on the Pacific Ocean in response to a seriously ill 37-year-old crewman on board the HMCS Calgary, a Canadian naval frigate, 800 miles off shore from San Francisco. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ray Aquino/released)

Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif. -- California Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing completed an overwater rescue mission on the Pacific Ocean, saving the life of a seriously ill 37-year-old crewman on board the HMCS Calgary, a Canadian naval frigate.

"The 129th Rescue Wing's federal mission is to conduct combat rescue.  But as California Guardsmen, we have a responsibility to apply our life-saving capabilities here at home," said Col. Gregory F. Jones, 129th Rescue Wing Commander. "Whether at home or abroad, the 129th Rescue Wing and the Air National Guard are always mission-ready."

The HMCS Calgary was approximately 800 miles north-west of San Francisco, Calif. when the U.S. Coast Guard requested Air Force Rescue Coordination Center assistance. The 129th Rescue Wing (RQW) accepted the mission due to the time-critical nature of the event and the distance of the vessel from shore.

With AFRCC and U.S. Coast Guard coordination, the 129th RQW launched two HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters, an MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft and a Guardian Angel pararescue team from Moffett Federal Airfield around 4:30 this morning to the HMCS Calgary. Once the Guardian Angel Team boarded the frigate, they made sure the patient was stable before loading him into an HH-60G that departed back to Moffett. The Guardian Angel team continued to care for the Canadian crewman while inside the helicopter. An ambulance met the crewman at Moffett and immediately transported him to a local hospital.

The 129th Rescue Wing is credited with saving the lives of more than 1,000 people.  From arid deserts and snow-covered mountain tops to urban and rural settings, 129th Rescue Wing air guardsmen can reach any destination by land, air or sea. Equipped with MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft, HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters and Guardian Angel teams (Pararescuemen and Combat Rescue Officers), the 129th Rescue Wing conducts combat search and rescue missions, as well as the rescue of distressed persons on board ships, lost or injured hikers, and medical evacuations across the West Coast.