1977 – Coast Guard Air Station Sitka Established

1977 – Coast Guard Air Station Sitka Established HH-60J helicopter on the ramp at Sitka. Mount Edgecomb is in the background. This is a dormant volcano that looks identical to Japan’s Mount Fuji In 1977 the Coast Guard air station serving Southeast Alaska moved from Annette to Sitka which is more centrally located in the […]

1976 – HC-131A: Obtained as a Medium Range Search (MRS) Interim Replacement Aircraft for the HU-16

1976 – HC-131A: Obtained as a Medium Range Search (MRS) Interim Replacement Aircraft for the HU-16 A full scale wing fatigue test was conducted to determine whether – or when —  major repair or replacement of the HU-16Es wing would be required. The test was completed on October 31, 1968 and a wing service life […]

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 […]