Air Station Borinquen hangar. Photo by LT Matt Udkow.

Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen is located at Rafael Hernandez Airport on the Northwest tip of Puerto Rico. The closest city is Aguadilla, just 10 minutes to the South. The Air Station moved to this location from San Juan in the fall of 1971, at which time the Coast Guard took possession of an outstanding hangar with adjacent support facilities.

The responsibility for the station complex, formerly part of Ramey Air Force Base and later Naval Station Roosevelt Roads West Annex, was assumed by the Coast Guard on 1 July 1976. Included in the boundaries of the base are the housing area, clinic and dispensary, station library, community center, swimming pool, exchange, mini-mart, package store, gymnasium and other fitness facilities, chapel, and theater.

The primary mission of Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen is search andrescue. Secondary missions include: law enforcement, aerial support for ATON, and logistic support. To accomplish these missions, the Air Station has four MH-65 helicopters. The Air Station is under the operational control of the Seventh District Commander, and receives mission tasking from the Commander, Coast Guard Sector San Juan (old GANTSEC), located in Old San Juan. The Air Station and Sector San Juan area of responsibility extends approximately 1.3 million square miles. Other Coast Guard units located in the area of responsibility are: Aids to Navigation Team Puerto Rico, Base San Juan, LEDET One, MSD St. Thomas, MSO San Juan, Reserve Unit San Juan,RIO St. Croix, and multiple response units.