Funding for Air Station Atlantic City, New Boat Station in Cape May Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo today announced that an additional $11.5 million has been signed into law for the Coast Guard’s “National Capitol Region Air Defense Mission,” which maintains its primary base of operations at Air Station Atlantic City. Included in the omnibus spending bill approved by the Congress in late December, this funding is in addition to the $66.5 million in the Fiscal Year 2007 appropriation for the new mission.

“I applaud the men and women of Air Station Atlantic City, whose outstanding service is continually relied upon to protect New Jersey and our nation’s Capitol,” said LoBiondo. “As I have said before, South Jersey plays a vital, strategic role in our homeland security and the missions tasked to Air Station Atlantic City underscore that importance. I will continue to support the Coast Guard as they continue to succeed in all that they do.”

Under the mission, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) assists the Air National Guard in the air interdiction mission over Washington, DC. The federal funding allowed the USCG to acquire seven (7) new HH-65 helicopters – three (3) of which launch from Air Station DC, located at the Washington-Reagan National Airport. Serving as the primary base of operations, Air Station Atlantic City is home to an additional four (4) helicopters under this continual mission. This $11.5 million appropriation will complete the construction of additional hangar and office space at Air Station Atlantic City, along with the relocation expenses for more than 70 additional air crews and support personnel to the station. The expansion has made Air Station Atlantic City the nation’s largest helicopter-only Coast Guard Station.

Additionally, included in the omnibus spending bill is $150,000 for the design of a new Coast Guard Boat Station facility in Cape May. More than 50 years old, the current boat station was never intended to accommodate the electronics and service members needed to carry out the missions USCG Station Cape May is tasked to do.

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