The first Coast Guard unit in the
Grand Isle area was commissioned in 1919 as Barataria Bay Station 214.
The first 82 foot cutter assigned to
was United States Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) POINT YOUNG (WPB 82303)
from 1960 to 1965.
USCGC POINT YOUNG was assigned to
Squadron One, Division 11 and deployed to Vietnam from 1965 to 1970. On
March 16, 1979, POINT YOUNG was decommissioned as a Coast Guard cutter
and transferred to South Vietnam as HQ 714.
The second 82 foot
cutter assigned to Grand Isle
was USCGC POINT SAL (WPB 82352) commissioned on December 5, 1966 and
faithfully served the Grand Isle area for the next 35 years.
The current station of Grand Isle
commissioned on November 1, 1968 as Coast Guard Group Grand Isle which
also included a LORAN 'A" Station and Rescue Small Boat Station. Coast
Guard Group Grand Isle had operational and administrative control of
USCGC Point SAL, home ported and collocated with Group and Station
Grand Isle, USCGC POINT LOOKOUT (WPB 82341) home ported in Morgan City,
LA, USCG Station Grand Isle, USCG Loran Station Grand Isle, Aids to
Navigation Team (ANT) Dulac, LA and Pt Au Fer Reef Light Station.
Group Commander was a BOSN4, he was also the CO of Station Grand Isle.
The OINC of the LorSta was an ETC, the 82's had BMCM OINCS, Ant Dulac
and Pt Au Fer both had OINCS. The LOOKOUT tied up at the docks in
"downtown" Morgan City. Ant Berwick did not exist yet.
The LORAN Station was
closed on December 31, 1980
The Coast Guard made an
consolidation of the units in this area and reassigned all units to
Coast Guard Group New Orleans. On July 2, 1987, Group Grand Isle was
decommissioned leaving only Station Grand Isle and USCGC POINT SAL
located in Grand Isle.
On May 29, 2001, POINT SAL was
and transferred to Columbia as part of the Foreign Assistance Act of
1961 designed to transfer to foreign nations excess boats and cutters
that have been decommissioned or other wise removed from service. The
POINT SAL was replaced with an 87 foot cutter USCGC STURGEON (WPB
87336) commissioned on September 28, 2001.
Coast Guard Station Grand Isle is
billeted for 46 active duty personnel (1 commissioned officer and 45
enlisted members). The station operates two 45-foot Response Boat (RBM)
and two 24-foot
SPC-SW boats. Our primary missions are Search and Rescue, Homeland
Security, and Law Enforcement operations. Our base encompasses 29 acres
and 35,000 square feet of operational and multi-purpose buildings
including 22 government houses for personnel assigned with families and
an unaccompanied personnel housing (UPH) facility for single
active duty members.