Below is another report of shore side infrastructure improvements from District 11 PA Detachment LA/LB. The ground breaking for this facility, which will support the first pair of Offshore Patrol Cutters, coming only one day after the planned ground breaking of construction of the new Air Station Ventura.
Having spent a lot of time in PACAREA, its nice to see Pacific Area, which includes about 85% of the US EEZ, getting some upgrades.
This does seem to follow the pattern seen with the homeports for the National Security Cutters. Improved shoreside facilities were included in the budgeting for the ships as they came on line.
Coast Guard to break ground on new cutter support facility at Base Los Angeles/Long Beach
WHO: Vice Adm. Michael McAllister, the Coast Guard Pacific Area commander; Rear Adm. Carola List, the Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics along with other Coast Guard members
WHAT: Senior leaders from the Coast Guard are scheduled to discuss the Coast Guard’s new facility at Base Los Angeles/Long Beach in San Pedro that will house the Coast Guard’s newest offshore patrol cutters
WHEN: Wednesday at 10 a.m.
WHERE: 1001 S. Seaside Avenue, San Pedro, CA 90731
SAN PEDRO, Calif. — The Coast Guard is scheduled to break ground Wednesday on a new facility at Base Los Angeles/Long Beach in San Pedro that will be home to the service’s newest additions to its fleet.
Located at 1001 S. Seaside Avenue, the new $35 million, 11,500-square-foot Naval Engineering Department facility is scheduled to be an extension to the existing Maintenance Augmentation Team (MAT) building that will support the Coast Guard’s first two offshore patrol cutters.
The 360-foot Coast Guard Cutter Argus (WMSM 915) and Coast Guard Cutter Chase (WMSM 916) are under construction and expected to arrive in late 2022/early 2023. The offshore patrol cutters will join the four 154-foot fast response cutters – Forrest Rednour, Robert Ward, Terrell Horne and Benjamin Bottoms – and the 175-foot buoy tender, the Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb (WLM 564), currently stationed at Base LA/LB.
Once completed in October 2022, the facility will accommodate approximately 60 personnel who will provide maintenance, weapon and naval engineering support for the fast response and offshore patrol cutters. In addition to the building, a new 257-foot pier extension is scheduled to be built to make room for the Chase. Improvements are also slated for the existing Electronics Support Detachment and warehouse on the base.
With the addition of the two new offshore patrol cutters, the base will require more space and staff to support the growing fleet. Personnel at Base LA/LB nearly doubled since 2018.
The offshore patrol cutters are the newest vessels in the Coast Guard’s fleet. The state-of-the-art ships are scheduled to replace the service’s 270-foot and 210-foot medium endurance cutters, and will be used to patrol the open ocean in the most demanding maritime environments.