2712 HC-27J To be delivered
MH-65C #6535 crashed in Mobile Bay, AL on February 28th, 2012 while conducting a night training mission.
Armament: 76mm gun, cruise-missile defenses with countermeasures consisting of 2 SRBOC chaff and rapid decoy launchers and SLQ-32 EW system. Two .50 caliber machine guns.
USCGC Anvil WLIC 75301 Charleston SC (Sep 2013) - Photo by Larry Van Horn N5FPW
USCG 45709 Charleston SC (Sep 2013) - Photo by Larry Van Horn N5FPW
- Imprecise direction finding capability.
- Numerous geographic coverage gaps.
- Lack of interoperability — for example, with other emergency response services.
- Single-channel radio operation, which prohibits the ability to receive radio calls when the system is previously engaged in a transmission.
- Enhanced VHF-FM and UHF (line-of-site) coverage, for more certain reception of distress calls.
- Position localization — within 2 degrees — of VHF-FM transmissions, so rescue vessels have a dramatically smaller area to search.
- An increase in the number of voice and data channels from one to six, allowing watchstanders to conduct multiple operations. No longer will a single caller in distress — or worse, a hoax caller — prevent another caller from getting through.
- Protected communications for all Coast Guard operations.
- Position tracking of certain Coast Guard assets such as boats and cutters.
- Digital voice recording with immediate, enhanced playback, improving the chances for unclear messages to be understood.
- Improved interoperability among the Coast Guard and federal, state, and local partners, so additional resources can be added to rescue operations as needed.
- Digital selective calling (DSC), an alternate distress communication system used internationally on Channel 70. If properly registered with a Mobile Maritime Service Identity (MMSI) number and interfaced with GPS, the DSC radio signal transmits vital vessel information, position, and the nature of distress (if entered) at the push of a button.
- Provides portable, deployable towers and electronics for restoration of communications during emergencies and natural disasters.
FY 17 Budget Request
FY 2017 Budget requests $10.32 billion for the Coast Guard.
The budget requests $1.14 billion for Acquisition. Notably:
$704.1 million for vessels, including $150 million to accelerate production of a new Polar Icebreaker and necessary funding for the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC); procurement of four Fast Response Cutters (FRC); and overhaul of the 140-foot domestic icebreaker fleet and the 225-foot sea-going buoy tender fleet.
$201.3 million for aircraft, including funding for MH-65E upgrades; missionization of the first HC-27J airframes; mission-system retrofit for HC-144A fixed wing aircraft; and spares for the second operational C-130J Air Station.
$51.1 million for shore projects, including improvements to support the FRC homeport at Galveston, TX; facility modifications to accommodate HC-27J aircraft at Air Station Clearwater, FL; and facility modifications to accommodate HC-130J aircraft at Air Station Kodiak, AK.
The budget requests $6.99 billion for operations.
Decommission one WHEC cutter
Decommission four 110-foot patrol boats
- Retire 3 HC-130H aircraft
- Decommission 2 110-foot patrol boats
- $200 million is requested to establish HC-27J operations at CGAS Sacramento, standup a second HC-130J unit, buy spares for HC-144A and upgrade HH-65 aircraft.
- Retire 3 HC-130H aircraft
- Decommission two High Endurance Cutters
- Decommission 8 110-foot patrol boats
- Eliminate two 87 foot patrol boat crews
- For all non-HITRON aircraft, eliminate Airborne Use of Force program and remove all weapons
- Cut four Vessel Boarding Security Teams from Boston, San Diego and San Francisco
- Cut HC-144A flight hours by 17% to 1,000
- Eliminate fixed wing 30 minute alert readiness from all CONUS air stations and reduce number of crews.
- SAR requirements will be fulfilled by rotary assets. Fixed wing assets can be scheduled if available but will not be on alert readiness
- $68 million to prepare for transfer of 14 HC-27J aircraft from the U.S. Air Force as authorized in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014
- Provides $803 million for the acquisition of the eighth National Security Cutter and two Fast Response Cutters
- In addition, HR 4005 allows the USCG to transfer H-60s from other services and convert to MH-60T for permanent use in District 9.
FY 14 Budget Appropriation
- Retire all HU-25 aircraft
- Close two air facilities
- Retire two HC-130H aircraft
- Divert $26 million in training funds for operations
- Decommission two High Endurance cutters
- Acquisitions include:
- $743 million for NSC-7, two FRC cutters, OPC cutter acquisition, and 140 foot ice breaker upkeep
- $28 million for MH-65 upgrades
- Manned Covert Surveillance Aircraft – funding to operate and support the first aircraft which is planned to operate out of Miami, FL
- Eliminating MSST Anchorage
- Will retire four HU-25 fixed-wing aircraft.
- Will decommission the High Endurance Cutters HAMILTON, CHASE, RUSH, and JARVIS.
- Will decommission the Medium Endurance Cutter ACUSHNET.
- Will decommission icebreaker POLAR SEA.
- Will decommission all 179 foot PCs.
- $1.4 billion is requested for modernization to include:
- 40 response boats-medium
- 2 HC-144As
- Replacement MH-60 for CG 6017
- 6 Fast Response Cutters
- Upgrade 8 MH-60s
- Response Boat-Medium - $42 million for 10 boats
- Rescue 21 - $36 million
- Funds production of HC-144A #15
- Continues upgrades to HC-130H, HH-60, and H-65 aircraft.
- Fully funds production of NSC #5
- Requests $240 million for the Fast Response Cutter program for hulls #9-12
- Provides necessary funding to support ATC Mobile transition from four HU-25 aircraft to four HC-144A aircraft in FY 2009-2014 and CGAS Miami transition from six HU-25 aircraft to seven HC-144A aircraft in FY 2010-2015.
- $305 million for aircraft
- $591 million for surface ships
- $154 million for C4ISR
- $327 million for aircraft
- $243 million for surface ships
- $611 million for SAR
- $722 million for drug interdiction