Coast Guard Cutter Sitkinak, a 110-foot Island Class Patrol Boat, finalized their shift in homeport from Bayonne to Sandy Hook, New Jersey, in early August 2017. The Sitkinak has spent the past several years stationed in Bayonne after Hurricane Sandy damaged the piers in Sandy Hook in October 2012. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station Sandy Hook)

 

SANDY HOOK, NJ – Two Coast Guard cutters have moved homeports to Sandy Hook, New Jersey, on August 16, 2017.

The cutters have spent the past several years homeported in Bayonne, New Jersey 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 have officially 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.

Coast Guard Cutter Shrike, an 87-foot Patrol Boat based in Bayonne, New Jersey, passes by the Statue of Liberty in support of Fleet Week on May 24, 2017. This year marks the 29th year for New York City’s time-honored celebration of the sea services. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Steve Strohmaier)