Station Jones Beach
Freeport, New York
BMC Daniel Phillips
Executive Petty Officer
BMCS Andrew M.
Officer in Charge
MKC Scott E. Pressimone
Engineering Petty Officer
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.
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
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.
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.