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Coordinates: 32°01′30″N 81°08′30″W / 32.02500°N 81.14167°W / 32.02500; -81.14167

Coast Guard Air Station Savannah
USCG AIRSTA Savannah.svg
Unit Patch CGAS Savannah
Active1963-Present
Country United States
Branch United States Coast Guard
TypeAir Station
RoleTo patrol coast of the northern border of South Carolina to Melbourne, Florida
Commanders
Current
commander
CDR Brian C. Erickson
Aircraft flown
HelicopterHH-65 Dolphin

Coast Guard Air Station Savannah is a United States Coast Guard Air Station located at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia.

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Operations and missionsEdit

 
HH-65, Air Station Savannah, GA

Coast Guard and Air Station (CGAS) Savannah support a multitude of Coast Guard missions worldwide. Air Station Savannah provides Search & Rescue(SAR) coverage 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for 450 miles of shoreline from the northern border of South Carolina to Melbourne, Florida, averaging more than 250 SAR cases a year. Other missions include: Marine Safety, Marine Environmental Protection, Fisheries Enforcement, Aids to Navigation support, Migrant Interdiction, Drug Interdiction, Other Law Enforcement and Defense Readiness. Many of these missions require deployment of aviation detachments about Coast Guard Cutters.

HistoryEdit

CGAS Savannah was commissioned in the summer of 1963 on what was then known as Hunter Air Force Base, which became Hunter Army Airfield in 1967. In 1964, the Coast Guard's original HH-52A Basic Operational Training Unit (BOTU) was established in Savannah. This unit was the forerunner of the Coast Guard's specialized aviator training program now at the Coast Guard Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Alabama.[1]

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