>Coast Guard closes navigation signal station in N.C.

> CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. – Coast Guard members gathered at long range navigation station Carolina Beach to disestablish the unit Friday. In accordance with the 2010 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, the U.S. Coast Guard terminated the transmission of all U.S. LORAN-C signals Feb. 8. At that time, the U.S. LORAN-C signal became unusable and were permanently discontinued.
The four men who made up the crew of the LORAN-C station were recognized both individually and as a group for their work at the station. The final four were Chief Petty Officer Michael C. Smith, the officer in charge, Petty Officer 1st Class Adolfo M. Lugo, the executive petty officer, Petty Officer 1st Class Amel E. Davis, the engineering petty officer, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael D. Leveille, the operations petty officer.

Carolina Beach’s LORAN transmitting antenna is a Top-loaded Inverted Pyramid, supported by four 625-foot guyed towers. The 211-acre site was transferred to the Coast Guard from the Air Force in 1957 and equipment upgrades in 1988 enabled the station’s compliment to change from one officer and 10 enlisted members to only four enlisted.
This termination does not affect U.S. participation in the Russian American or Canadian LORAN-C chains.
For more information about LORAN-C, visit the Coast Guard Navigation Center website at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/loran/default.htm.
To read a story about LORAN-C Station Carolina Beach, visit http://d5.uscgnews.com/go/doc/651/222514/.
(U.S. Coast Guard photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Kendrick)
For complete article and photos visit https://www.piersystem.com/go/doc/651/559239/