ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY
Guard Air Station Atlantic City opened in 1998 and is the product of merging
of Air Station Brooklyn, NY and Group/Air Station Cape May, NJ into one
unit. The facility is the newest and largest single airframe unit of the
Coast Guard’s Air Stations. The 69,200 square foot facility is located as a
tenant command at the Federal Aviation Administration's William J. Hughes
Technical Center on the Atlantic City International Airport in Egg Harbor TWP, NJ.
The Air Station is comprised of 10 MH-65D Dolphin Helicopters. Several tenant commands also have components located at the Air Station, including Sector Field Office and Electronics Systems Support Detachment Atlantic City. The Air Station supports the wide range of Coast Guard operations, such as search and rescue, law enforcement, port security, and marine environmental protection for both District One and District Five, encompassing the coastlines of Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia including interior bays and rivers such as the Chesapeake, Delaware, Hudson and Long Island Sound.
Air Station Atlantic City maintains two Dolphin helicopters in 30-minute response status. Both can be quickly airborne and enroute at speeds in excess of 145 knots. The MH-65D Dolphin typically carries a crew of four, consisting of two Pilots, one Flight Mechanic and one Rescue Swimmer. The Rescue Swimmer is a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) who can be lowered out of the helicopter to assist personnel in distress. The Dolphin can also deliver dewatering pumps to sinking vessels, hoist victims from the sea with its rescue basket, and can “medevac” injured persons with a rescue litter for delivery to local hospitals. The helicopter’s radius of action extends out to 150 nautical miles. Air Station Atlantic City also provides multiple aircraft and crews to protect our Nation’s Capital on a 24 hour, 7 days per week basis in Washington D.C. at the National Capital Region Air Defense Facility (NCRADF) under the operational control of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).