Group Fort Macon
United States Coast Guard Group Fort Macon is located in Eastern, N.C., in an area known as the "Crystal Coast". The group was established in the mid-1960's to provide oversight for the search and rescue stations along the southern North Carolina coast. It is the southern-most group in the Fifth Coast Guard District and is composed of thirteen units, three 110-foot patrol boats, one 225-foot buoy tender, one 65-foot buoy tender, one construction tender, and five stations. The group also provides operational oversight, administration, logistics and engineering support to tenant units, which include aids to navigation, law enforcement and marine safety commands.
The group's units cover an area of responsibility from Drum Inlet, N.C., to the North and South Carolina State line. Group Fort Macon is comprised of 200 active duty personnel, 85 Reservists and over 1,200 Auxiliary members. Annually, Group Fort Macon resources log over 18,000 hours underway in support of Coast Guard search and rescue and law enforcement operations. Over the last thee years Group Fort Macon units have saved more than 450 lives and over one billion dollars in property.
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