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Re: Will USCG fly over Cuba airspace?
dawg, the Cubans are big on humanitarian aid but relations with the US go tit-for-tat based on daily events. Like earlier this month when they returned the two parents (who kidnapped their own children) to Florida. Or, versus the assorted other folks they have granted asylum to.
So it would very much depend on which side of the bed who woke up on.
A typical USCG rescue helo launched from Key West might be able to spend two hours in the waters south of Cuba, in perfect weather, before they had to make for land, in any direction, so I would guess there are also practical limits for that kind of operation.
The CG wouldn't launch helos from Key West for a rescue south of Cuba. They would launch an HH-60 from the base at Great Inagua or an HH-65 from a nearby cutter.
On the northern Gulf of Mexico.
"Best thing to do is get her out on the ocean. If anything's gonna happen, it's gonna happen out there." Captain Ron Rico