Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles

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34°07′13″N 119°07′16″W / 34.12028°N 119.12111°W / 34.12028; -119.12111Coordinates: 34°07′13″N 119°07′16″W / 34.12028°N 119.12111°W / 34.12028; -119.12111

Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles
CG Air Station Los Angeles.jpg
Unit Patch U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles
Active1962–2016
Country United States
Branch United States Navy
TypeAir Station
RolePatrol the Southern California Coast from Dana Point to Morro Bay.
Garrison/HQNaval Air Station Point Mugu
Aircraft flown
Helicopter2 HH-65 Dolphin

Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles (CGAS Los Angeles) was [1] a United States Coast Guard air station located at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, California.

Missions[edit]

CGAS Los Angeles missions included search and rescue, homeland security, and environmental protection. About 200 search and rescue missions were flown from CGAS Los Angeles each year.[citation needed]

Homeland security was also an important mission of CGAS Los Angeles. Helicopters from the base patrolled the west coast of the United States from Dana Point to Morro Bay. The Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach also lied within the station's patrol area. CGAS Los Angeles also patrolled the over water approach and departure corridors for the Los Angeles International Airport.[citation needed]

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

History[edit]

CGAS 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

In the 1972 TV drama series Emergency!, an episode titled "Trainee" saw a man fell off a cliff in Palos Verdes. A CG 1375 helicopter medicvaced the injured man to Rampart General Hospital.[citation needed]

The Sea Guard helicopters were replaced in November 1987 with four MH-65C.[citation needed]

In November 2012, CGAS Los Angeles celebrated its fiftieth golden anniversary of service by inviting elected officials, including the Mayor of Los Angeles, members of U.S. Congress representing the State of California and representatives from L.A. City & County Fire Departments.[citation needed]

In September 2016, CGAS Los Angeles was closed when the lease on the existing facility at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) ended. Administratively, its component units were relocated to Naval Air Station Point Mugu in Point Mugu, California and merged with/became a satellite of the Coast Guard Air Station in San Francisco.[2][3] This allowed LAX to accommodate the planned improvements for LAX's midfield, including the Midfield Satellite Concourse North (MSC North) terminal.[2][4]

A former patch of CGAS Los Angeles

References[edit]

  1. ^ "COAST GUARD AIR STATION LOS ANGELES DECOMMISSIONING CEREMONY". Facebook. May 20, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Green, Nick (January 23, 2015). "Local Coast Guard station to shrink after Air Station Los Angeles at LAX shuts in 2016". Daily Breeze.
  3. ^ Orozco, Lance (September 9, 2016). "Coast Guard Permanently Moving Air Station From Los Angeles To Ventura County". KCLU.
  4. ^ Burgess, Richard (February 2, 2015). "Coast Guard to Move Air Station from Los Angeles". Seapower. Archived from the original on June 28, 2015.

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