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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The United States Coast Guard Station Atlantic City marked two major milestones that were made on Thursday.
The base celebrated a brand new boating maintenance facility that officially opened, as well as the renaming of a building in dedication for one of their own.
“When you add the more complicated boats, you add the… what you call rescue and survival gear, which keeps the Coast Guard people, who are doing that mission, safe… it just adds up to more volume of stuff. We made it work, but things were cramped,” said Rear Adm. Meredith Austin, commander of the Fifth Coast Guard District.
The Coast Guard began to operate out of their Atlantic City station in the late 1930s and they recently decided it was time to upgrade their outdated boathouse and engineer shop.
“When things were different, we had boats, we had smaller boats, so having this facility, we’re able to work on the boats we’re actually operating today,” said Rear Adm. Austin.
The building includes a drive through boat bay, for the guardsmen to work on their vessels indoors and out of extreme weather conditions, a gym, a classroom, and a weather-resistant exterior.
“This was designed for major storms, it can withstand the hundred year flood, and potentially the 500 year flood, winds and excess at 123 mph," said Lt. Cmdr. Noel Johnson, commanding officer of the Atlantic City station. “We’re able to get out there when we need to when somebody’s in help, to do training, do law enforcement, and environmental response."
Along with the ribbon cutting ceremony, the Coast Guard took the time to honor their late Captain Joseph Mazzotta. They have renamed their historic station command building in his memory - celebrating the future and the past, all within steps of the historic port.
“He had an exemplary career that spanned 41 years from the most junior ranking, all the way up to Captain," said Lt. Cmdr. Johnson.