USCG Air Station Clearwater Facts
- Location: St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport in Clearwater, Florida
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- Phone: (727) 535-1437
The Florida Clearwater had begun after the conversion of St, Petersburg or Clearwater international Airport into US Station Clearwater of Coast Guard Air. It finally became headquarter to helicopters and aircrafts. In 1987, the Florida Clearwater was declared to be the biggest air station of Coast Guard by the development of drug prohibition mission and OPBAT. This mission brought a result in the task of near about twelve HH-60J helicopters and most recent in Coast Guard fleet along with the Boosted Personnel power to the present level of five hundred women and men.
In this period, the Florida Clearwater comes with HC-130s to give support for the increasing law enforcement attempts. The crews of air station Clearwater helicopter could fly an average of 400 search and rescue cases every year along the coasts of Bahamas, Florida and others. Indeed, it comes up with a lot of history and operation which have used in Florida. In 1986, Clearwater did operation HUNTER. The drug interdiction was then buried and now it was called as OPBAT (Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos). The most notable mission for Florida Clearwater air station was in 1986 in the time of the release of Space Shuttle Challenger. The crews took quick respond by arriving on scene immediately while debris from blast falling down. Through this incident, it was awarded to be a shoreline Guard Unit recommendation.
When President Clinton declared a renewed attempt against Drugs War in 1997, the Florida Clearwater made quick respond by doing some operations of Gulf Shield, Frontier lance and Frontier Shield. These ways are used at inhibiting the expansion of migrants and illegal drugs. Just by the time, the glory of Florida Clearwater never runs out, it becomes more arise with new challenge at good tasks which are given.