Coast Guard to hold open house, celebrate 50th anniversary in Warrenton, Ore.

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WARRENTON, Ore. — Coast Guard Sector Columbia River crewmembers are scheduled to hold an open house to coincide with Coast Guard Air Station Astoria’s 50th anniversary celebration at the Warrenton-Astoria Regional Airport, Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Activities will include tours of Coast Guard facilities, boats and rescue aircraft as well as a search and rescue demonstration.

Sector Columbia River overlooks the world famous Columbia River Bar and “Graveyard of the Pacific”. They execute nearly the full range of Coast Guard missions in a uniquely challenging and complex maritime environment along 420 miles of coast, 465 miles of inland rivers and 33 ports with a workforce of 500 Active Duty, 105 Reserve, 29 Civilian and 890 volunteer Auxiliary personnel.

Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, part of Sector Columbia River, was established on Aug. 14, 1964, at Tongue Point Naval Station with a crew of 22 officers and 104 enlisted men. Two single-engine Sikorsky HH-52 Seaguard helicopters were operated from that location. Today they maintain three MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters with at least one Jayhawk, flight crew and rescue swimmer ready to respond at all times.

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