Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg holds barracks dedication, renaming ceremony

7th Coast Guard District NewsST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg held a dedication and renaming ceremony, Friday, for the historic barracks honoring the flight crew of HU-16E Albatross – CGNR 1240 who lost their lives on the night of March, 5, 1967

The Coast Guard barracks were originally constructed in 1935 as part of Coast Guard Air Station St. Petersburg. The Air Station was relocated to Clearwater in 1976, Group/Station St. Petersburg moved into the vacated facilities on the north side harbor where Sector St. Petersburg is today.

On the evening of March 5, 1967 while on a search and rescue case, Coast Guard Albatross CGNR-1240 crashed in the Gulf of Mexico 22 miles east of Apalachicola, Florida, six crewmen aboard the aircraft were killed. Nearly forty years later after the tragic loss of CGNR-1240, the wreckage was located in July 2006 offshore Carrabelle, Florida. The wreck site of CGNR-1240 is the official U.S. Coast Guard gravesite and is marked by a 8,000 pound memorial underwater.

Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg’s historic barracks consist of two buildings with six separate wings. Each crew member had a wing dedicated in their honor.

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