By Staff Appeared Originally in The Camarillo Acorn

U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley has announced that the Coast Guard will make its operating base at Naval Base Ventura County permanent. The guard had moved to NBVC due to the closure of the Air Station Los Angeles facility at Los Angeles International Airport.

The new facility, now known as the Coast Guard Forward Operating Base Point Mugu, will include two mission-ready helicopter units, their crews and support personnel. The move will allow the Coast Guard to sustain its air search-and-rescue operations and law enforcement activities along the Central California Coast and provide an option to expand as needed in the future.

“I am pleased that, with the help of local stakeholders, we were able to shepherd this permanent move to Point Mugu. The Coast Guard’s decision further solidifies Naval Base Ventura County as a strategic asset to Ventura County, Calif., and the nation,” Brownley said.

She spearheaded legislation in Congress last year that authorized the Coast Guard’s move to Point Mugu as well as legislation that funded the needed facilities.