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Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles

Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles
Unit Patch U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles
Active 1962-present
Country  United States
Branch  United States Coast Guard
Type Air Station
Role Patrol the Southern California Coast from Dana Point to Morro Bay.
Garrison/HQ Los Angeles International Airport
Commanders
Commanding Officer CDR Timothy J. Schang
Executive Officer CDR Jason Lyuke
Aircraft flown
Helicopter 3 HH-65 Dolphin

Location

Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles is a United States Coast Guard air station located at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Playa del Rey, California. The air station will be relocated in 2016 from its current location at LAX to accommodate the planned improvements for LAX's midfield, including the Midfield Satellite Concourse North (MSC North) terminal. The air station is expected to relocate to U.S. Navy's Naval Air Station Point Mugu, part of the Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) in Point Mugu, California.[1]

Missions

Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles (CGAS Los Angeles) missions include search and rescue, homeland security, and environmental protection.

U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles provides a search and rescue helicopter that is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. About 200 search and rescue missions are flown from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles each year.

Homeland security is also an important mission of U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles. U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles helicopters patrol the west coast of the United States from Dana Point, California to Morro Bay, California. The Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach lie within U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles’s patrol area. U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles also patrols the over water approach and departure corridors for the Los Angeles International Airport.

U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles aircraft protect the environment by patrolling the ecologically rich California coast. The air stations patrol area includes the waters surrounding the Channel Islands National Park.

Operations

Crews from CGAS Los Angeles and Baywatch Cabrillo demonstrate search and rescue techniques in San Pedro, California

U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles is based at the Los Angeles International Airport.

History

U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles was founded in August 1962 through the combined efforts of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Senator Thomas Kuchel, and U.S. Representative James Roosevelt. An Air Detachment with one Sikorsky HO4S helicopter was transferred from Coast Guard Air Station San Diego. The Air Station was officially commissioned on November 15, 1962 with two HO4S helicopters, nine officers and 20 enlisted personnel.

Sikorsky HH-52A Seaguard of USCG Los Angeles over LAX in 1973

In May 1963, the unit switched to three HH-52A "Sea Guard" helicopters. These helicopters were flown for 24 years. In July 1984, these helicopters were used during the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. The complement of HH-52 helicopters nearly doubled at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles during the Olympic Games.

In a 1972 TV drama series Emergency! the episode entitled "Trainee" when a man fell off a cliff in Palos Verdes that CG 1375 helicopter has medicvac the injured man to Rampart General Hospital.

These helicopters were replaced in November 1987 with four MH-65C. Fifteen officers and 45 enlisted personnel currently staff U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles.

On November 15, 2002 - the U.S. Coast Guard celebrated the 40th Anniversary of commissioning the air station at LAX.

Facilities

U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles is located within a small area at Los Angeles International Airport west of the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

CGAS Los Angeles is in the boundary of Battalion 4 & Fire Station #51 of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Helicopters

U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles's HH-65 Dolphin helicopter can land on helipads at the Point Vicente Lighthouse in Palos Verdes, California or at the Los Angeles County Fire Department's Northern Sectional Lifeguard Headquarters at Zuma Beach in Malibu, California.

The U.S. Coast Guard's helicopters provide medical evacuation transport for injured divers, medical emergencies in the water, and requesting calls for search & rescue by Los Angeles County Lifeguards.

U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles's helicopters have been used in several television series. The air station’s proximity to several Hollywood production studios has led to the inclusion of the air stations helicopters in several television series. This activity increases the public awareness of the United States Coast Guard's mission.

Special events

A former patch of CGAS Los Angeles

Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles has participated in public events throughout the Los Angeles area. Examples include:

References

  1. ^ Coast Guard to Move Air Station from Los Angeles, SeaPower Magazine (Feb. 2, 2015)

External links

  • United States Coast Guard official site
  • CGAS Los Angeles official site
  • Eleventh Coast Guard District official site
  • HH-65 Air Stations
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