Aaron Deluca to spend year serving U.S. Coast Guard in isolated area of Alaska…

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Local United States Coast Guardsman Aaron Deluca has chosen to serve a difficult one-year assignment in one of the most isolated portions of Alaska, the St. Paul LORAN-C station.

Aaron Deluca to spend year serving U.S. Coast Guard in isolated area of Alaska: Loyal readers may know the name of Aaron Deluca, who has been a member of Station 44, The Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Department since he was a teenager in the mid to late 1990’s. Aaron has been featured on our pages in the past in relation not only to the SHFD, but also relating to his service in the United States Coast Guard, in which he has been enlisted since 2000. Aaron has chosen to leave the relative comfort of his current assignment at the Coast Guard Station in Barnegat Light, to the bleak reality and intense cold of the St. Paul’s LORAN Station, just a short distance from the United States and Russian border. It is one of the most remote and isolated military installations in the world, and Aaron needed to undergo extensive training in Virginia recently to prepare for the one-year post. Aaron will arrive at St.Paul’s in late May, just days after his 27th birthday May 2oth. He will be stationed with a small group of people for an extended period of time, enduring little sunlight, and routine blizzards of hurricane force. LORAN stands for LOng RAnge Navigation, and it is a system that records the time interval between radio signals received from three or more stations to determine the position of a ship or aircraft, according to Aaron & online encyclopedia wikipedia.org. Wikipedia says, “LORAN-C transmitter Saint Paul is the master station of the North Pacific LORAN-C Chain (GRI 9990). It uses a transmission power of 325 kW. Saint Paul LORAN-C transmitter, situated at Saint Paul, Alaska at ( 57°9′12″N, 170°15′6″W). Saint Paul LORAN-C transmitter uses as antenna a 190.5 meter (625 ft) tall mast radiator.”

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