Coast Guard unit recognizes 50 years of service

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SAVANNAH, Ga. — Members assigned to Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Ga., held a 50th anniversary commemoration ceremony Thursday.

During the event, the unit’s contributions to the communities they serve within the Seventh Coast Guard district were highlighted, including significant rescues from the past up to the present.

Rear Adm. John H. Korn, commander of the 7th Coast Guard District, addresses a crowd at Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Ga., Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, attending the unit's 50th anniversary commemoration ceremony. The ceremony was held to recognize the unit's contributions to the communities they serve within the 7th Coast Guard District. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony L. Soto)

Rear Adm. John H. Korn, commander of the 7th Coast Guard District, addresses a crowd at Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Ga. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony L. Soto

Since 1963, the Coast Guard men and women at Air Station Savannah have provided search and rescue coverage year-round for 950 miles of shoreline from the northern border of South Carolina to Melbourne, Fla.

Significant missions during the air station’s 50-year history include the 1989 response to the Category 4 Hurricane Hugo, the 2005 response to Hurricane Katrina, during which a crew saved 95 people in a single day, and the recent rescue of four people from a disabled sailboat that succumbed to 20-foot seas 65 miles off Charleston, S.C., June 7, 2013.

Since January 2013, crews at Air Station Savannah have conducted 183 search and rescue cases, saving 29 lives and assisting 47 others.

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