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Air Station Miami External Affairs

Coast Guard Air Station (CGAS) Miami is strategically located to provide swift, efficient service to the Southeastern United States and Caribbean Basin.  CGAS Miami’s 11 aircraft conduct a variety of Coast Guard missions from Charleston, SC to Key West, FL and throughout the Caribbean Basin.

CGAS Miami employs a highly-trained, exceptionally-motivated crew of 359 military and civilian personnel from across the United States.  Our men and women fly over 8,000 hours each year.  In 2013 they conducted 607 Search and Rescue (SAR) cases, resulting in 79 lives saved and 432 lives assisted. 

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Our Aircraft

MH-65D Dolphin
HC-144 Casa


  • All-weather, land or cutter based, short-range SAR, LE and Marine Environmental Protecton (MEP).


  • All-weather, land based, medium range SAR, LE, MEP and logistics.

Standard Crew:

  • 2 Pilots
  • 1 Flight Mechanic
  • 1 Rescue Swimmer

Standard Crew:

  • 2 Pilots
  • 2 Crewmen/Observers
  • 2 Missions System Operators


  • (2) Turbomeca Arriel 2C2-CG Turboshaft (1053 hp)


  • (2) General Electric CT7-9C3 Turboprop providing a maximum of 1870 SHP

Special Equipment:

  • 600 pound capacity rescue hoist
  • 1.5 Million candlepower searchlight
  • FLIR turret using gyro stabilized and infrared and color camera.
  • Air droppable rescue equipment (Mass Casualty 16-person raft, dewatering pump and utility container)

Special Equipment:

  • APS-143B(V)3 Surface Search Radar
  • FLIR turret using gyro stabilized and infrared and color camera.
  • Air droppable rescue equipment (Mass Casualty 16-person raft, dewatering pump and utility container)

Area of Responsibility (AOR):

Our AOR covers 1.8 million square miles.  Our aircraft are forward deployed 455 days each year (365 Casa and 90 Dolphin) to a variety of locations where they are tasked with identifying and interdicting ever-changing threats to our nation's security.


Our Base:

CGAS Miami is located at Opa-Locka Executive Airport in North Miami-Dade County.  Although the airport is currently owned and operated by the County, it has a military history dating back to 1933, and has been utilized by the Navy and Marine Corps.  Our facility covers 51 acres and includes aircraft maintenance, mission planning, logistics, administration, medical, physical plant, security and food services facilities.  CGAS Miami also plays host to five tenant commands: Tactical Law Enforcement Team (TACLET) South, Seventh District Tactical Law Enforcement Training Team, Leadership and Management School Detachment, Safety and Environmental Health Detachment and a CG Exchange.

Coast Guard Auxiliary:

The CG Auxiliary is an all volunteer organization established by Congress in 1939.  There are over 28,000 Auxiliarists throughout the CG, and CGAS Miami is proud to work hand-in-hand with the 76 members of the Miami Auxiliary Air Squadron.  The Miami Squadron is made up of 27 pilots and 49 observers flying 11 privately owned aircraft.



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