1976 – The Marijuana War Begins: The Coast Guard Becomes the Lead Agency for Maritime Drug Interdiction

1976 – The Marijuana War Begins The Coast Guard Becomes the Lead Agency for Maritime Drug Interdiction Marijuana plant The start of maritime drug smuggling was prompted by a demand for marijuana in America that could not be met by the land supply from Mexico. Initially marijuana smuggling was conducted by a large number of […]

1976 – 200 Mile Fishing Zone Established by Public Law 94-265: The Coast Guard Was Given the Responsibility for Enforcement

1976 – 200 Mile Fishing Zone Established by Public Law 94-265 The Coast Guard Was Given the Responsibility for Enforcement C -130 making an identification pass Public Law 94-265, also known as the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act, established a 200-mile fishery conservation zone, effective March 1, 1977. It established Regional Fishery Management Councils […]

1976 – Air Station Clearwater Established

1976 – Air Station Clearwater Established: In 1934, the Coast Guard Air Station St. Petersburg was commissioned at Albert Whitted Airport located in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Charged with Search and Rescue responsibilities, the Air Station became the base of operations for various amphibian aircraft and helicopters over the years. In 1976, to meet operational […]

1974: Air Station North Bend Oregon Established

1974 – Air Station North Bend Oregon Established Air Facility Newport HH-65C – airlifted injured logger for transport to hospital The Coast Guard Air Station North Bend was commissioned 28 September 1974, as part of Group North Bend, co-located on the North Bend, Oregon, Municipal Airport. The airport is a former Naval Auxiliary Air Station […]

1973: Coast Guard Deployed Helicopters on Surface Vessels and Drug Interdiction Operations Begin

1973 – Coast Guard Deployed Helicopters on Surface Vessels: Drug Interdiction Operations Begin HH-52A helicopter landing on USCGC Decisive In response to a growing drug problem, Congress passed the Controlled Substance Act of 1970. It replaced more than 50 pieces of drug legislation and is the legal foundation for government anti-drug operations. It went into effect […]

1973: Medium Range Search Aircraft Evaluation Conducted and the Procurement of the HU-25:

1973 – Medium Range Search Aircraft Evaluation Conducted This Led to the Procurement of the HU-25 A HU-16 wing fatigue test completed in October of 1968 established a wing service life of 11,000 flight hours. It was realized that normal wear aggravated by operation in a salt laden environment and the steady amassing of flight […]

1972: The Coast Guard Uniform is Changed

1972 – The Coast Guard Uniform is Changed Admiral Chester R. Bender became Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard in 1970. He felt that the Coast Guard should create a distinctly different uniform from that of the Navy and solidify the fact that the Coast Guard was a separate organization. Admiral Bender also felt that […]

1971: The Air Station Borinquen Puerto Rico Was Established

1971 – The Air Station Borinquen Puerto Rico Was Established United States Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen is a direct descendant of Air Station San Juan, which was located on the Isla Grande Naval Station. In November 1971, the Air Station relocated to its present location at what was then Ramey Air Force Base in […]

1970: Evaluation of Hovercraft Suitability for Coast Guard Use Conducted

1970 – In-depth Evaluation of Hovercraft Suitability for Coast Guard Use Conducted In the late 1960s significant interest was generated within the Coast Guard as to the feasibility of obtaining Air Cushion Vehicles (ACVs) to support a variety of Coast Guard missions. When three SK-5 ACVs, no longer required for the naval mission in Vietnam, […]

1970: Air Station Cape Cod Massachusetts Established

1970 – Air Station Cape Cod Massachusetts Established HH-60J Air Station Cape Cod crews fly both HH-60J “Jayhawk” helicopters and HU-25 “Falcon” jets to perform a variety of Coast Guard missions. The primary mission, Search and Rescue (SAR), involves the protection of life and property in the offshore areas from the Canadian border to Long […]