Coast Guard Cutters Move to New Home in Sandy Hook, N.J.
NEW YORK — Two Coast Guard cutters moved homeports to Sandy Hook, N.J., on Aug. 16, a Coast Guard release said. The cutters have spent the past several years homeported in Bayonne, N.J., after the piers in Sandy Hook became unusable following Hurricane Sandy.
Coast Guard Cutter Sitkinak, a 110-foot Island-class patrol boat, and Coast Guard Cutter Shrike, an 87-foot patrol boat, completed their shift in homeports after construction on the new piers was completed earlier this summer.
Hurricane Sandy made landfall along the Northeast coast in October 2012, and left behind unprecedented devastation. The Coast Guard station and piers at the northern tip of the peninsula were decimated from the storm. After Sandy hit, the Coast Guard permanently relocated 35 families living in the provided housing there.
Coast Guard units have been stationed on this strategic plot of land since 1848 when the first Life-Saving Service Station was opened there.
Construction continues on several buildings on the property, including the boathouse, main station office, and the gun range.