Motor Lifeboat Station Humboldt Bay's Command

BMCM Gagnon

Officer In Charge BMCM Jon W. Gagnon

Master Chief Gagnon enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1986 from his home town of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He is a graduate of Chief Petty Officer’s Academy Class LXII and the Senior Enlisted Leadership Class. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Phoenix. His prior assignments include CGC Ironwood, Station Rio Vista, ANT Rio Vista, CGC Midgett, and CGC Boutwell. In 1992 he entered the Motor Life Boat Community at Station Tillamook Bay; he also served at CG Station Coos Bay, XPO Station Tillamook Bay, OIC Station Erie and OIC Station Bodega Bay before assuming command of Station Humboldt Bay.

BMC William C. Armstrong

Executive Petty Officer BMC William C. Armstrong

Chief Boatswains Mate William Armstrong is originally from Salisbury North Carolina, where he attended grade school and graduated from East Rowan High School in 1994. BMC Armstrong entered the Coast Guard in September 1998 and completed basic training at Cape May, New Jersey. Some of his career achievements include certification as 47’ Motor Lifeboat Surfman in 2004, and graduation from the Chief Petty Officer’s Academy in November 2010. Chief Armstrong’s assignments include CGC Aquidneck, Norfolk, Virginia from 1998-2000, CG STA Fort Macon, Atlantic Beach, North Carolina 2000-2002, National Motor Lifeboat School, Ilwaco, Washington 2002-2007, Motor Lifeboat Station Bodega Bay, CA 2007-2010, and his current assignment as Executive Petty Officer of Motor Lifeboat Station Humboldt Bay, Samoa California.

MK1 Bryan Kile

Engineering Petty Officer Bryan Kile

Machinery Technician First Class Bryan Kile hails from Pamona, California. He Joined the Coast Guard in the summer of 2001. His previous assignments included: USCGC Chase out of San Diego, California; USCG STA LA Long Beach out of Long Beach, California; MSST San Diego out of San Diego, California and Assistant Engineering Petty Officer at USCG STA Neah Bay out of Neah Bay, Washington.

The Station Entrance

Welcome to Motor Lifeboat Station Humboldt Bay

Station Humboldt Bay's area of responsibility encompasses the a large portion of the coastline of Humboldt County and a small portion of southern Del Norte county. The station's crew is responsible for protecting life and property in over 5,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean.

Station Humboldt Bay is one of 21 surf stations in the Coast Guard. Surf Stations are required where surf greater than 8 feet occurs 10% (36 days) or greater each year. Our station is located on Humboldt Bay, home to one of the most treacherous bar entrances in California. The entrance to Humboldt Bay is the site of many famous shipwrecks and has had Coast Guard presence since 1856.

The Humboldt Bay Bar


47-foot Motor Lifeboat The 47-foot Motor Lifeboat is the workhorse of the Coast Guard's Heavy Weather fleet. It is primarily designed as a fast response rescue craft capable of conducting operations in high seas, surf, and heavy weather environments. These boats are built to withstand the most severe conditions at sea and are capable of effecting a rescue under the most extreme conditions. They are self-righting, self-bailing, almost unsinkable, and have a long cruising range.

25-foot Response Boat

Originally developed as a replacement for over 300 shore-based non-standard boats, the Response Boat - Small (RB-S) has additionally become the platform to increase the long term Homeland Security capability at shore stations in the wake of the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. The RB-S is very similar to the rapidly procured RB-HS boat, but with dozens of improvements to include a reinforced bow, full shock mitigating seating, a larger cabin, and LED navigation lights. The RB-S is being produced at over 100 boats per year and will eventually replace all shore-based non-standard boats and the RB-HS boats. The RB-S acquisition may provide up to 700 standard response boats, making it one of the largest boat buys of its type in the world.