The Coast Guard will make its current operating base at Naval Base Ventura County permanent after previously announcing the closure of its Air Station Los Angeles facility at Los Angeles International Airport.
“I am pleased that, with the help of local stakeholders, we were able to shepherd this permanent move to Point Mugu. The Coast Guard’s decision further solidifies Naval Base Ventura County as a strategic asset to Ventura County, California and the nation,” said U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Thousand Oaks, in announcing the news Sept. 9. “This new addition will bolster Coast Guard air presence locally and enhance public safety, law enforcement and homeland security activities in the region.”
Brownley spearheaded legislation in Congress last year that authorized the Coast Guard’s move to Point Mugu, as well as legislation that funded the needed facilities.
The Coast Guard Forward Operating Base Point Mugu will include two mission-ready helicopter units, their crews and support personnel. This move will allow the Coast Guard to sustain its air search-and-rescue operations and law enforcement activities along the Central Coast.