WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley announced that the Coast Guard has decided to make their current operating base at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) permanent. The Coast Guard move to NBVC is due to the previously announced closure of the Air Station Los Angeles facility at Los Angeles International Airport. (Please see the attached letter from the Coast Guard).
The new facility, now known as the Coast Guard Forward Operating Base (FOB) Point Mugu, will include two mission-ready helicopter units, their crews, and support personnel. This move will allow the Coast Guard to sustain its air search-and-rescue operations and law enforcement activities along the Central California Coast. The move to NBVC will also provide the Coast Guard 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, California, and the nation,” said Julia Brownley. “This new addition will bolster Coast Guard air presence locally and enhance public safety, law enforcement, and homeland security activities in the region.”
Rep. Brownley 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.