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Station Jones Beach

Freeport, New York


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BMC Daniel Phillips
Executive Petty Officer
BMCS Andrew M. Merchel
Officer in Charge
MKC Patrick Cohan
Engineering Petty Officer

Welcome Aboard

The Coast Guard’s history in southern Long Island, New York dates back to the mid 1800’s.  In the 1850’s, there were seven U.S. Life Saving Stations between Point Lookout, NY and Fire Island, NY, spaced, on the average of less than 5 miles apart.

Established in 1851 as “Station Short Beach,” the station took its original name from a small spit of land just east of Jones Inlet.  The original building built by the U.S. Life Saving Service was a wood framed structure, which was later replaced as a two story brick building complete with a connected watch tower, and a second building serving as the boathouse with a marine railway system.  This facility was built between 1933-1935 as part of a Works Progress Administration (WPA) Project under President F.D. Roosevelt’s administration.

Serving the Coast Guard for over 50 years, age took its inevitable toll.  In May of 1987, the CG Facilities Design and Construction Command (FD&CC) Norfolk, VA began construction of the present facility.  The old boathouse with associated marine railway was demolished that year, and the old station was demolished in March of 1990.  Dedicated on the 15th of June 1990, the present multi-mission station combines operations, administration and berthing in the main station building.  A new boathouse provides equipment storage and maintenance shops together with a boat haul-out facility.  When dedicated, the Coast Guard retired the old name, “ Station Short Beach ,” in favor of the more generally recognized name of “ Station Jones Beach .”

The primary mission at Station Jones Beach is search & rescue, however all personnel are actively engaged in law enforcement and environmental protection as well.  The station’s area of responsibility extends from East Rockaway Inlet to Gilgo Beach, including Jones Inlet and the associated back-bay waters of southern Nassau County.

Our Mission

Coast Guard Station Jones Beach is responsible for Coast Guard operations covering the South Coast of Long Island, and inland waters. Our primary focus is Search and Rescue (SAR) and Law Enforcement (LE). We also support Marine Environmental Protection (MEP) efforts performed by Sector Long Island Sound. Our military readiness is emphasized through our regular training, fitness and team building. This is accomplished by staying true to our core values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion Duty. We are guided by the Commandants’ Policies and Directives’ to ensure we have a solid base to work from. We are accountable to each Other, the Coast Guard, and the Public we serve.

Last Modified 1/12/2016