- United States Coast Guard Training Center Cape May
United States Coast GuardTraining Center Cape May is the home of the Coast Guard enlisted corps and is the Coast Guard's only enlisted accession point and recruit training center. It is located on 1 Munro Avenue, Cape May, New Jersey.
History of the training center
Sewell Point, the area occupied by the Training Center, has a long history of naval presence. During the
American Revolutionary Warand throughout the nineteenth century, Cape May Soundwas used as a harbor of refuge. In 1917, the Navy established a "section base" in Cape May, to provide training, vessel support and communication facilities for coastal defense. Initially, the Navy converted an abandoned amusement center, built along the oceanfront, for military use. The old skating rink became the mess hall and sleeping quarters, the stage was made into a galley, the "human roulette wheel" -- a scrub table and the "barrel of fun" became a brig. When the old wooden structure burned down in 1918, the Navy built standard military facilities along the harbor front (some of these buildings still stand today).
World War I, the base was adapted to accommodate dirigibles. The largest hangar in the world, 700 feet long and over 100 feet tall, was built to accommodate an airship under construction in Britain. Unfortunately, the R38 (ZR-2)crashed on its test flight and "lighter-than-air" craft were never fully adopted for Navy use.
In 1924, the U.S. Coast Guard (see History) occupied the base and established air facilities for planes used in support of
United States Customs Serviceefforts. During the Prohibitionera, several cutters were assigned to Cape May to foil rumrunners operating off the New Jersey coast. After Prohibition, the Coast Guard all but abandoned Cape May leaving a small air/sea rescue contingent. For a short period of time (1929-1934), part of the base was used as a civilian airport. With the advent of World War II, a larger airstrip was constructed and the Navy returned to train aircraft carrier pilots. The over the water approach simulated carrier landings at sea. The Coast Guard also increased its Cape May forces for coastal patrol, anti-submarine warfare, air/sea rescue and buoy service. In 1946, the Navy relinquished the base to the Coast Guard.
In 1948, all entry level training on the east coast was moved to the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Receiving Station in Cape May. The Coast Guard consolidated all recruit training functions in Cape May in 1982.
For over fifty years, Coast Guard Training Center Cape May has fulfilled its mission by building the enlisted corps. It provides seaman and fireman apprentices to the Coast Guard trained to be willing and ready to learn their profession.
Although modern training facilities have replaced most of the original Naval Base buildings, the Coast Guard is respectful of the history of Sewell Point and their host city.
* [http://www.uscg.mil/hq/capemay/ Official website]
* [http://www.uscg.mil/hq/capemay/recruittraining.htm Training program]
* [http://www.uscg.mil/hq/capemay/tour.HTM Virtual tour]
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
United States Coast Guard — portal Active 4 August 1790–present … Wikipedia
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary — United States Coast Guard portal Active June 23, 1939 present … Wikipedia
United States Coast Guard Reserve — Coast Guard Reserve Active 19 February 1941 to present … Wikipedia
United States Coast Guard Air Stations — Coast Guard Air Stations Racing Stripe Active Country United States … Wikipedia
United States Coast Guard Academy — USCGA redirects here. For other uses, see USCGA (disambiguation). United States Coast Guard Academy Motto Scientiæ cedit mare (The sea yields to knowledge) Established 1876/1915 … Wikipedia
United States Coast Guard Cutter — USCG Medium Endurance Cutter Harriet Lane Cutter is the term used by the United States Coast Guard for its commissioned vessels. A Cutter is 65 feet (19.8 m) or greater in length, has a permanently assigned crew, and has accommodations for… … Wikipedia
History of the United States Coast Guard — The history of the United States Coast Guard goes back to the Revenue Cutter Service, which was founded on August 4, 1790 as part of the Department of the Treasury. The Revenue Cutter Service and the United States Life Saving Service were merged… … Wikipedia
Organization of the United States Coast Guard — Table of Organization of the Coast Guard This article covers the organization of the United States Coast Guard. The headquarters of the Coast Guard is on 2100 Second Street, SW, in Washington, DC. The Coast Guard announced plans to relocate to… … Wikipedia
Missions of the United States Coast Guard — The United States Coast Guard carries out three basic roles, which are further subdivided into eleven statutory missions. The three roles are: Maritime safety Maritime security Maritime Stewardship The eleven statutory missions as defined by law… … Wikipedia
Chaplain of the United States Coast Guard — Incumbent: CAPT Gary P. Weeden since: June 11, 2010 First Formation … Wikipedia