SANDY HOOK — Nearly six years after the U.S. Coast Guard’s Station Sandy Hook was devastated during Superstorm Sandy, a new, state-of-the-art headquarters has opened at the base.

The $54 million facility, which sits on much higher land than the previous structure, was unveiled during a ribbon-cutting on July 3.

The building houses all station functions, including administration, maintenance, repairs and indoor training. Congress approved the rebuilding after the devastating storm, which also permanently displaced 35 families living there.

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Coast Guard units have been stationed on this strategic plot of land since 1848 when the first life-saving service station was opened there. Station Sandy Hook is responsible for carrying out search and rescue, living marine resources, and marine safety missions.

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