Two Coast Guard cutters will relocate to Pensacola NAS
The gate at NAS Pensacola.(Photo: Special to the News Journal)
The U.S. Coast Guard will relocate two 210-foot medium endurance cutters to Pensacola Naval Air Station no later than Aug. 31, 2018.
“This is incredible news for Pensacola and for all Northwest Floridians,” said U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, who announced the move in a news release Friday. “Not only is Northwest Florida gaining 152 new families, but the safety and security of the Emerald Coast and the Eastern Gulf of Mexico is significantly enhanced.”
The crews of the Coast Guard Cutter Decisive, a 210-foot cutter based in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and the Coast Guard Cutter Dauntless, a 210-foot cutter based in Galveston, Texas, will relocate to Pensacola. Each cutter boasts a crew of 76 coast guardsmen who conduct a variety of Coast Guard missions, including counter drug enforcement, alien migration interdiction operations, search and rescue and maritime law enforcement. The cutters will be home-ported at Pensacola Naval Air Station, along with Coast Guard Cutter Cypress, a 225-foot Seagoing Buoy Tender, which is currently home-ported at NAS Pensacola.
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