Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak

Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak is an Air Station of the United States Coast Guard located in Kodiak, Alaska. The largest in the service's Pacific Area, with a crew of 85 officers and 517 enlisted personnel. The largest Coast Guard Base based on acreage being 23,000 acres.[1] It is a tenant command of Base Support Unit Kodiak, and shares its airfield with Kodiak Airport. The station operates MH-60 Jayhawk and MH-65 Dolphin helicopters, and the HC-130 Hercules fixed-wing aircraft.[2]

Air Station Kodiak
AIRSTA Kodiak
Unit Patch CGAS Kodiak
Active1947-present
Country United States
Branch United States Coast Guard
TypeAir Station
RoleSearch and rescue, maritime patrol, logistics
Aircraft flown
HelicopterMH-60 Jayhawk, MH-65 Dolphin
PatrolHC-130 Hercules

History

P2V and PB4Y at NAS Kodiak 1949.jpeg
Naval Air Station Kodiak in 1949.
USCG Air Station Kodiak Island
Air Station Kodiak Island today

The United States Navy started construction of a naval air station at Kodiak in September 1939, and the station was commissioned on 15 June 1941. Home to PBY patrol squadrons early in World War II, Kodiak supported the Aleutian Islands Campaign of 1943, also operating scouting and air transport squadrons. In October 1950, NAS Kodiak was redesignated as Naval Station Kodiak, and in 1972 the site was turned over to the U.S. Coast Guard.[3]

Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak was originally commissioned as an Air Detachment in April 1947, with seven pilots and 30 enlisted men operating a single PBY Catalina. This was the Coast Guard's first aircraft permanently stationed in Alaska.

Operations

The station's primary mission is aerial search and rescue in a 4,000,000-square-mile (10,000,000 km2) area of responsibility covering the Gulf of Alaska, Bristol Bay, the Bering Sea, and Alaska's Pacific coast. It is also responsible for patrolling offshore fisheries, deploying HH-65 helicopters aboard High Endurance Cutters operating off Alaska, and providing logistical support to various Coast Guard units in the area.[4] The latter mission includes transporting aids to navigation personnel who maintain remote shore beacons that are only accessible by air.

Popular culture

CGAS Kodiak is one of the main locations of the 2006 action-adventure drama film The Guardian, starring Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher, and Melissa Sagemiller. The setting for the film is the United States Coast Guard and their Aviation Survival Technician (AST) program.

References

  1. ^ "Air Station Kodiak". Global Security.org. Retrieved 2 December 2010.
  2. ^ "Air Station Kodiak". Retrieved 2 December 2010.
  3. ^ National Museum of Naval Aviation
  4. ^ "Missions". Retrieved 2 December 2010.

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Coordinates: 57°45′01″N 152°30′22″W / 57.7503°N 152.5060°W

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Kodiak Island is mountainous and heavily forested in the north and east, but fairly treeless in the south. The island has many deep, ice-free bays that provide sheltered anchorages for boats. The southwestern two-thirds of the island, like much of the Kodiak Archipelago, is part of Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge.

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The Kodiak bear and the king crab are native to the island. The fishing industry is the most important economic activity on the island; fisheries include Pacific salmon, Pacific halibut, and crab. The Karluk River is famous for its salmon run. Logging, ranching, numerous canneries, and some copper mining are also prevalent.

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