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Station Tybee is located North of Tybee lsland and East of Downtown Savannah. The station shares the property with Fort Pulaski National Monument as it guards the Savannah River Entrance. Station Tybee, assigned to Coast Guard Group Charleston, District 7 Miami, is small with 28 men and women assigned to perform missions of Search and Rescue (SAR), Enforcement of Federal Laws and Treaties, and Enviromental protection.
The personnel at station Tybee also conduct collateral duties necessary to support the administrative, logistical, and maintainance tasks to keep the station at peak operating levels of readiness. The station covers an area of approximately 75 coastal miles from St. Helena Sound, SC to Sapelo Sound, GA. This also includes endless miles of rivers, creeks, tributaries, and marshes. The station responds to approximately 250 Search and Rescue cases per year.
The TARPON-WPB 87310, homported at Station Tybee, is one of the new 87 foot class cutters. She was commisioned at Tybee Island on 22 October 1999, and provides off shore Law Enforcement and Search & Rescue resources for the Group Charleston area of responsibility.
The newly designed CPB has several enhancements over the aging 82's, including improved mission sea keeping abilities (up to sea state 5), significantly upgraded habitability, and compliance with all current and projected environmental protection laws. The CPB also employs an innovative stern launch and recovery system using an Aluminum hulled inboard diesel powered waterjet small boat. The vastly larger pilot house is equipped with an integrated bridge system including an electronic chart display system (ECDIS) which interfaces with the CG's new surface search radar. (U.S.C.G. official website)