Ventura is the location for a new $53 million Coast Guard air station, which will be built at a naval base in Point Mugu. Currently the Point Mugu Forward Operating Base (FOB) operates out of leased space at the Naval Base Ventura County, with 13 permanent service members and approximately 11 rotating crewmembers from San Francisco, flying two MH-65 Dolphin helicopters. A groundbreaking ceremony held on Tuesday marked the beginning of construction.
The new facility, which is expected to open in August 2023, will include a 48,000-square-foot hangar and a 12,200-square-foot administration and berthing facility to house four MH-65 Dolphin helicopters and 82 personnel.
“We’re excited to break ground to re-establish a permanent air station,” said Vice Adm. Michael F. McAllister, commander US Coast Guard Pacific Area. “The new air station in Ventura will enhance critical mission capabilities, allowing us to better serve this critical area.”
The air station’s area of responsibility covers 350 nautical miles stretching from Dana Point to Morro Bay and including the Channel Islands. Its missions include 24/7 emergency response, search and rescue, drug and migrant interdiction, law enforcement, and marine and waterways conservation and protection.