A COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS OF NAVY STATION SEARCH AND RESCUE (SAR) LOCATED IN KEY WEST, FL, AND WHIDBEY ISLAND, WA
Christensen, Bryce L.
Tick, Simona L.
Sullivan, Ryan S.
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In this thesis, we examine whether the Navy should maintain its current scope of search and rescue (SAR) resource employment, or consider alternative ways to conduct SAR missions. Station SAR services are critical enablers to the generation of naval aviation force readiness; however, use of a multi-mission combat helicopter may not be the most economical method to deliver those services, particularly when balanced with an increasing fleet demand. We analyze existing fleet inventory, personnel, and operational demand data at naval air stations at Key West, FL, and Whidbey Island, WA, in a cost-benefit analysis of alternate ways to conduct SAR. We consider the distinct requirements for Station SAR services at each of the two naval air stations included in our study, based upon platforms supported, range, environmental factors, operating parameters, and local policies.
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