US Coast Guard Air Station Sitka
611 Airport Dr., Sitka, AK 99835
USCG Air Station Sitka is located on Airport Drive in Sitka, Alaska – on Baranof Island and the southern half of Chichagof Island – in the Alexander Archipelago of the Pacific Ocean (part of the Alaska Panhandle).
Coast Guard Air Station Sitka is an Air Station of the United States Coast Guard located in Sitka, Alaska. The station was originally established on Annette Island in March 1944, until relocating to Sitka in 1977. Early aircraft consisted of Grumman G-21’s, PBY’s, HU-16’s, HH-52’s, and HH-3 Pelicans. Primary missions performed by the air station are Search and Rescue (SAR), law enforcement, and logistics covering the Southeast part of Alaska. Area of responsibility encompasses approximately 180,000 square miles of water and land extending across Southeast Alaska from Dixon Entrance to Icy Bay, and from the Alaskan-Canadian border to the central Gulf of Alaska. This includes 12,000 miles of coastline distinguished by a rugged coast, mountainous terrain, severe weather, and many remote villages.
Established in 1977 – after relocating from Annette, Sitka is Southeast Alaska’s Premier Search and Rescue Service Air Station. Air Station Sitka’s area of responsibility (AOR) encompasses the entire Southeast region of Alaska from Dixon Entrance north to Central Alaska and from the U.S./Canadian border west to the central Gulf of Alaska. Air Station Sitka’s AOR presents the most demanding flight environment for Coast Guard aircraft operations, with 12,000 miles of isolated and rugged coastline and responsible for all inland search and rescue for Southeast Alaska. This region includes numerous remote villages and is characterized by mountainous terrain, severe weather and vast distances between fuel caches and landing sites.
Today, Air Station Sitka utilizes three MH-60T Jayhawk helicopters and has 130 officers, enlisted, and civilian personnel. Each helicopter, is crewed by two pilots, a flight mechanic, and a rescue swimmer, has a 125-knot cruise speed, and 700-mile range. In a “ready” or “alert” status 24 hours a day for national defense, search and rescue. Sitka crews fly surveillance patrols and transport environmental response teams which protect the ecosystems located within the area. Other missions include law enforcement duties in cooperation with federal, state, and local agencies.
Arriving at USCG Air Station Sitka
The nearest major airport is Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport (SIT / PASI). This airport has domestic flights and is 1 mile from the center of Sitka, AK. Another major airport is Angoon Seaplane Base (AGN / PAGN), which has domestic flights from Angoon, Alaska and is 42 miles from Sitka, AK.