The City of Alameda is one of 12 cities throughout the nation designated as a Coast Guard City. The designation is made to recognize the outstanding support these communities provide to Coast Guard personnel and their families.
The Coast Guard shares a rich history with the City of Alameda and has been operating in the estuary since 1926. In 1982, the Pacific Area Command was relocated to Alameda from San Francisco. Other commands located at Coast Guard Island include: the Eleventh Coast Guard District, Maritime Intelligence Infusion Center, Maritime Safety & Security Team 91105, Training Team West, Naval Engineering Support Unit Alameda, Electronics Support Unit Alameda, Health Services Work Life, Personnel Services and Support Unit, and Coast Guard Base Alameda.
Coast Guard Island is also home port to the USCGC Stratton, USCGC Bertholf, and the USCGC Waesche. The Stratton is the Coast Guard's newest National Security Cutters built to replace the High Endurance Cutters introduced in the 1960's. Currently, Coast Guard Island is home to one High Endurance Cutter, the USCGC Morgenthau.