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I. Ships and Aircraft

Section I of the 2004-2005 season plans lists the names, types, numbers, descriptions, and armament of ships, aircraft, and other vehicles introduced to the Antarctic Treaty area and information on military equipment, if any, and its location in the area.



Ship: USCGC Polar Sea (WAGB-10)
Aircraft: 2 each HH-65A helicopters
Armament: Small arms only


Ship: Resupply Vessel American Tern - dry cargo
Armament: None

Ship: TBA - Champion Class T-5 Tanker
Armament: None

Research Vessels

Ship: R/V Laurence M. Gould
Armament: None

Ship: R/V Nathaniel B. Palmer
Armament: None


  • Six LC-130 transport aircraft operated by the 109th Air Wing.
  • Two Bell 212 helicopter based at McMurdo Station.
  • Two Aerospatiale AS-350B-2 helicopters based at McMurdo Station

Note: No armament

Air Mobility Command

Between October and November 2004, and January and February 2005 C-141B and C-17 aircraft of the U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command (AMC) will transport cargo and personnel to and from Christchurch, New Zealand, and McMurdo Station, Antarctica.

Note: No armament

Other Aircraft

Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 aircraft will transport cargo and personnel on intercontinental flights between Christchurch, New Zealand, and McMurdo Station, Antarctica, during November and December 2004 in support of the U.S. and New Zealand Antarctic Programs.

Note: Two DeHavilland DHC-6/300 Twin Otters will be used; both aircraft will arrive at McMurdo in early November 2004, and depart early February 2005.

Note: No armament