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Group Humboldt BayCoast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay was commissioned on June 24, 1977 at the Arcata-Eureka Airport in McKinleyville, CA.

This completed a multi-year initiative by local residents to gain a year-round aviation search and rescue (SAR) facility for Northern California. Prior to 1977, an aviation detachment from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco provided air coverage during the summer season, but the response time of over two hours was not fast enough for victims to survive in the 40-50 degree water commonly found along the North Coast.

Originally named Air Station Arcata, the Sector was re-designated to a "Group/Air Station" in May 1982, and once again to "Sector" in May 2013.

The Sector lies in a unique coastal airport location, and oversees several helicopters, patrol boats, and motor lifeboats. An Aids to Navigation Team and a Marine Safety Detachment also serve the region.

The men and women of Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay and all of its individual Coast Guard units are proud to serve the citizens of Northern California and live by the motto of the United States Coast Guard: "SEMPER PARATUS" (ALWAYS READY).
Last Modified 1/12/2016