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Unit History

1919: The first Coast Guard unit in the Grand Isle area was commissioned in 1919 as Barataria Bay Station 214.

1960: The first 82 foot cutter assigned to Grand Isle was United States Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) POINT YOUNG (WPB 82303) from 1960 to 1965.
Coast Guard Cutter Point Young

1965: USCGC POINT YOUNG was assigned to Coast Guard 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.
1966: 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.
Coast Guard Cutter Point Sal

1968: The current station of Grand Isle was 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.

The 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.
1980: The LORAN Station was closed on December 31, 1980
1987: The Coast Guard made an administrative 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.
Coast Guard Cutter Point Sal Patch

2001: On May 29, 2001, POINT SAL was decommissioned 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 Cutter Sturgeon

Current: Coast Guard Station Grand Isle is currently 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.


Last Modified 4/7/2015