Air Station Los Angeles
Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles is located at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The unit began as an aviation detachment in August 1962, with one HO-4S helicopter from Air Station San Diego. Air Station Los Angeles was commissioned in November 1962 with two HO-4S helicopters, nine officers, and twenty enlisted personnel. In May 1963, the unit switched to three HH-52A "Sea Guard" helicopters, which remained in service until November 1987. At that time the station transitioned to its current aircraft, three HH-65A "Dolphin" helicopters. The air station's operating area includes the coastal areas extending from the vicinity of Dana Point to the vicinity of Morro Bay, California and includes the Channel Islands. Fifteen officers and 45 enlisted personnel staff the air station.
Although Search & Rescue (SAR), Law Enforcement, Aids to Navigation, and training account for the majority of flight time, the air station also supports public affairs, military operations, environmental response, and other Coast Guard missions. In addition, air station helicopters deploy to Coast Guard Cutters. Of the many Southern California missions that Air Station Los Angeles participates in, public affairs offers the most unique opportunities. The air station's proximity to several Hollywood production studios allows for many varying public affairs missions increasing public awareness of the roles the United States Coast Guard fulfills in protecting our shores and citizens.
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