Coast Guard Air Station Sitka

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CGAS Sitka
Unit Patch CGAS Sitka
Active 1977 to present
Country  United States
Branch  United States Coast Guard
Type Air Station
Role Search & Rescue
Size 130 active personnel
Commanding Officer USCGCASHRE.jpg CDR Mark Vislay[1]
Aircraft flown
Helicopter 3 x MH-60J Jayhawk

Coast Guard Air Station Sitka is an Air Station of the United States Coast Guard located in Sitka, Alaska. The station was originally established on Annette Island in March 1944, until relocating to Sitka in 1977. Early aircraft consisted of Grumman G-21's, PBY’s, HU-16’s, HH-52’s, and HH-3 Pelicans. Primary missions performed by the air station are Search and Rescue (SAR), law enforcement, and logistics covering the Southeast part of Alaska.[2] Area of responsibility encompasses approximately 180,000 square miles of water and land extending across Southeast Alaska from Dixon Entrance to Icy Bay, and from the Alaskan-Canadian border to the central Gulf of Alaska. This includes 12,000 miles of coastline distinguished by a rugged coast, mountainous terrain, severe weather, and many remote villages.[2]

Today, Air Station Sitka utilizes three MH-60T Jayhawk helicopters and has 130 officers, enlisted, and civilian personnel. Each helicopter, is crewed by two pilots, a flight mechanic, and a rescue swimmer, has a 125-knot cruise speed, and 700-mile range. In a “ready” or “alert” status 24 hours a day for national defense, search and rescue. Sitka crews fly surveillance patrols and transport environmental response teams which protect the ecosystems located within the area. Additionally crews assists in the routine maintenance, outage response, and position verification of 75 aids-to-navigation (ATON). Other missions include law enforcement duties in cooperation with federal, state, and local agencies.[2][3]


  1. "Cmdr. Mark Vislay Air Station Sitka" (PDF). Retrieved 3 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Air Station Sitka History". Flightglobal Insight. 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Air Station Sitka Missions". Retrieved 3 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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