US Coast Guard Air Station Detroit was first commissioned in June of 1966, and enjoys the distinction of protecting the largest summer concentration of boaters per square mile in the world, right on their doorstep. The service area is immense: over one thousand miles of shoreline encompassing Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair, and the southern part of Lake Huron. Flying HH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopters, the elite aircrews perform more than 200 Search and Rescue missions per year, saving more than 30 lives.
Strategically located just a few miles north of Detroit city limits at Selfridge Air National Guard base, Air Station Detroit supports and works with 30 Coast Guard units and five cutters, as well as other United States and Canadian agencies. During the winter season they battle some of the worst weather to be found on the continent, yet find a way to render assistance to any person in peril, regardless of location. Many involved in natural disasters, accidents at sea, or other major calamities have witnessed the bravery and skill of Air Station Detroit aircrews.
The handsome and unique US Coast Guard Air Station Detroit coin is not minted in the shape of a coin, but rather in the form of a shield. The front profile of an HH-65C helicopter on a rescue mission commands the obverse of the shield. The inscription reads US Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, with a large bottom banner saying Motor City, Search and Rescue. The reverse is the US Coast Guard crest on a sea-green background.
This bold coin is finished in rich enamels and is to be carried with pride.
Each coin measures 2 1/8 inch x 2 inch (55mm x 51mm) Crest.
This is a surplus NWTM item. Packaging may vary.
This coin features an out of date design and will not be remade after product is sold out.