US Coast Guard Asset Guide - Update 28 Feb 2018

USCG Asset Guide - A Desktop Reference Guide to the USCG for the Utility Radio Hobbyist

List compiled by Mark Cleary with periodic updates by Larry Van Horn, Milcom MP Blog Master
Send updates to: mjc843 at or n5fpw at frontier dot com. Last Updated from MJC: 6-18-2017. Photographs courtesy of the US Coast Guard unless otherwise indicated.

USCG Air Asset Guide

US Coast Guard Aircraft Fleet List

Tail  Type  Homeplate  Date Last Logged  Remarks  Mode-S Hex Address Callsigns

Coast Guard Executive Aircraft - Mode-S Hex Code

101  C-37A CGAS Washington, D.C.  05-15-17  AE10C1, Voice Call - Coast Guard 1
102  C-37A CGAS Washington, D.C.  02-01-17  AE4E05, Voice Call - Coast Guard 2
202  C-37A CGAS Washington, D.C.  06-27-17  AE5F07

HC-130H Aircraft - COTHEN ALE Address 5##, Mode-S Hex Code

1502  HC-130H CGAS Clearwater  08-17-16  ADFE06
1503  HC-130H CGAS Clearwater  05-14-17  ADFE07

HC-130H7 Aircraft - COTHEN ALE Address 7##, Mode-S Hex Code

1700 HC-130H7 CGAS Barbers Point  09-22-15  ADFE0C
1701 HC-130H7 CGAS Sacramento  05-05-17  ADFE0D, Voice Call - 701
1702 HC-130H7 CGAS Sacramento  03-18-17  ADFE0E
1703 HC-130H7 CGAS Barbers Point  08-27-16  ADFE0F
1704 HC-130H7 CGAS Sacramento  06-21-17  ADFE10
1707 HC-130H7 CGAS Barbers Point  06-27-17  ADFE13
1709 HC-130H7 CGAS Sacramento  05-13-17  ADFE15
1711 HC-130H7 CGAS Sacramento  03-11-16  ADFE17
1712 HC-130H7 CGAS Kodiak  06-23-17  ADFE18, Voice Call - 712
1713 HC-130H7 CGAS Kodiak  03-30-17  ADFE19
1714 HC-130H7 CGAS Kodiak  06-20-17  ADFE1A
1715 HC-130H7 CGAS Clearwater  06-21-17  ADFE1B
1716 HC-130H7 CGAS Barbers Point  02-14-17  ADFE1C
1718 HC-130H7 CGAS Clearwater  06-08-17 ADFE1E
1720 HC-130H7 CGAS Barbers Point  02-03-17  ADFE20
1790 HC-130H7 CGAS Kodak  05-20-17  ADFE21, Voice Call - 790

HC-130J Aircraft - COTHEN ALE Address 0##, Mode-S Hex Code

2001 HC-130J CGAS Elizabeth City  05-31-17  AE10E7, Mode-S C2001/Omni 18
2002 HC-130J CGAS Elizabeth City  06-27-17  AE10E8, Mode-S C2002/CG2002
2003 HC-130J CGAS Elizabeth City  06-06-17  AE10E9, Mode-S C2003
2004 HC-130J CGAS Elizabeth City  05-11-17  AE10EA, Mode-S C2004
2005 HC-130J CGAS Elizabeth City  06-17-17  AE10EB, Mode-S C2005
2006 HC-130J CGAS Elizabeth City  06-27-17  AE10EC, Mode-S C2006
2007 HC-130J CGAS Elizabeth City  06-26-17  AE57D1, Mode-S C2007
2008 HC-130J CGAS Elizabeth City  12-13-16  AE57D2, Mode-S C2008
2009 HC-130J CGAS Elizabeth City  07-20-16  AE57D3, Mode-S C2009
2010 HC-130J CGAS Elizabeth City  07-24-17  AE57D4, Mode-S C2010
2011 HC-130J To be delivered in 2018
2012 HC-130J To be delivered in 2018

HC-144A/B Aircraft - COTHEN ALE Address N##, Mode-S Hex Code

2301 HC-144A ATC Mobile  06-18-17  AE2237, Voice Call - Coast Guard 2301
2302 HC-144A CGAS Miami  05-30-17  AE2238, Voice Call - Coast Guard 2302
2303 HC-144A CGAS Cape Cod  06-27-17  AE223A, Voice Call - Coast Guard 2303
2304 HC-144A CGAS Miami  05-04-17  AE223B, Voice Call - Coast Guard 2304
2305 HC-144A CGAS Miami  03-01-17  AE223C, Voice Call - Coast Gard 2305
2306 HC-144B ATC Mobile  06-15-17  AE223D, Voice Call - Coast Guard 2306
2307 HC-144B ATC Mobile  07-16-16  AE223E
2308 HC-144A CGAS Corpus Christi  03-25-17  AE223F
2309 HC-144A CGAS Cape Cod  06-15-17  AE2707
2310 HC-144A CGAS Miami  05-27-17  AE2708/343596
2311 HC-144A ATC Mobile  06-27-17  AE2709
2312 HC-144A CGAS Miami  06-26-17  AE270A
2313 HC-144A CGAS Corpus Christi  06-26-17  AE4BE8
2314 HC-144A CGAS Corpus Christi  06-20-17  AE4BEE
2315 HC-144A CGAS Miami  03-02-17  AE4BEF
2316 HC-144A CGAS Miami  04-17-17  AE4BF0
2317 HC-144A CGAS Cape Cod  06-05-17  AE4BF1
2318 HC-144A ATC Mobile  04-14-17  AE4BF2

HC-27J Aircraft - Mode-S Hex Code

2701 HC-27J Southern US  02-09-17  AE2125, Mode-S C2701
2702 HC-27J East Coast  11-22-16  AE2126, Mode-S C2702/CG2702
2703 HC-27J CGAS Unknown  06-22-17  AE272E, Mode-S C2703
2704 HC-27J CGAS Elizabeth City  08-20-15
2705 HC-27J To be delivered
2706 HC-27J CGAS Sacramento  02-03-17  AE2731, Mode-S C2706, Spartan 6
2707 HC-27J CGAS Sacramento  02-27-17  AE4ADF, Mode-S C2707, Spartan 7
2708 HC-27J CGAS Sacramento  06-04-17  AE4AE0, Mode-S C2708, Spartan 8
2709 HC-27J CGAS Sacramento  06-27-17  AE4AE1, Mode-S C2709, Spartan 9
2710 HC-27J CGAS Elizabeth City  05-09-17  AE4AE2, Mode-S C2710, CG2710
2711 HC-27J CGAS Sacramento  06-27-17  AE4AE3, Mode-S C2711, Spartan 11
2712 HC-27J CGAS Elizabeth City  06-27-17  AE4AE4, Mode-S C2712
2713 HC-27J CGAS Sacramento  06-27-17  AE4AE5, Mode-S C2713, Spartan 13
2714 HC-27J CGAS Sacramento  05-24-17  AE4CF7, Mode-S C2714

MH-60T Helicopters - COTHEN ALE Address J##, Mode-S Hex Code
6001 MH-60T ATC Mobile  05-09-17  AE27F2, Mode-S C6001, CG6001
6002 MH-60T CGAS Astoria  06-26-17  AE27F3, Mode-S C6002
6003 MH-60T CGAS Astoria  06-18-17  AE27F4, Mode-S C6003
6004 MH-60T CGAS Kodiak  01-30-17  AE27F5
6005 MH-60T CGAS Kodiak  02-16-16  AE27F6
6006 MH-60T CGAS Elizabeth City  06-27-17  AE27F7, Mode-S C6006
6007 MH-60T CGAS Clearwater  05-10-17  AE27F8, Mode-S C6007
6008 MH-60T East Coast (Virginia)  06-12-17  AE27F9
6009 MH-60T CGAS Clearwater  06-14-17  AE27FA, Mode-S C6009
6010 MH-60T CGAS Astoria  08-18-17  AE27FB, Mode-S C6010
6011 MH-60T CGAS Clearwater  04-18-17  AE27FC, Mode-S C6011
6012 MH-60T CGAS Clearwater  06-22-17  AE27FD, Mode-S C6012
6013 MH-60T CGAS Clearwater  04-26-17  AE27FE, Mode-S C6013, CG6013
6014 MH-60T CGAS Clearwater  01-31-17  AE27FF, Mode-S C6014
6015 MH-60T CGAS Elizabeth City  05-12-17  AE2900, Mode-S C6015, CG6015
6016 MH-60T CGAS Clearwater  05-25-17  AE2903, Mode-S C6016
6018 MH-60T CGAS Clearwater  03-14-17  AE2902, Mode-S C6018
6019 MH-60T CGAS Clearwater  05-25-17  AE2903, Mode-S C6019
6021 MH-60T CGAS Clearwater  12-13-16  AE2905, Mode-S C6021
6022 MH-60T CGAS San Diego  06-27-17  AE2906, Mode-S C6022
6023 MH-60T CGAS Elizabeth City  06-10-17  AE2907, Mode-S C6023
6024 MH-60T CGAS San Diego  06-16-17  AE2908, Mode-S C6024
6025 MH-60T ATC Mobile  06-27-17  AE2909, Mode-S C6025
6026 MH-60T CGAS Cape Cod  06-27-17  AE290A, Mode-S C6026
6027 MH-60T CGAS Clearwater  06-23-17  AE20C1, Mode-S C6027
6029 MH-60T CGAS San Diego  06-27-17  AE290C, Mode-S C6029
6030 MH-60T CGAS Clearwater  01-17-17  AE290D, Mode-S C6030
6031 MH-60T CGAS Clearwater  06-23-17  AE290E, Mode-S C6031
6032 MH-60T CGAS Sitka  09-21-16  AE290F
6033 MH-60T CGAS Traverse City  04-13-17  AE2910, Mode-S C6033
6034 MH-60T CGAS Sitka  04-01-16  AE2911
6035 MH-60T West Coast (Oregon)  06-28-17  AE2912, Mode-S C6035
6036 MH-60T CGAS Clearwater  06-09-17  AE2913, Mode-S C6036
6037 MH-60T CGAS Kodiak  02-27-17  AE2914
6038 MH-60T CGAS Elizabeth City  03-23-15  AE2915
6039 MH-60T ATC Mobile  09-22-15  AE2916
6040 MH-60T CGAS Elizabeth City  06-27-17  AE2917, Mode-S C6040
6041 MH-60T CGAS Cape Cod  06-09-16  AE2918, Mode-S C6041
6042 MH-60T CGAS Cape Cod  06-24-17  AE2919, Mode-S C6042
6043 MH-60T CGAS Sitka  09-21-16  AE291A
6044 MH-60T CGAS Clearwater  05-23-17  AE4A4B, Mode-S C6044
6045 MH-60T CGAS Clearwater  04-21-17  AE4A4C, Mode-S C6045
6046 MH-60T ATC Mobile  06-15-17  AE4DFE
6047 MH-60T CGAS Clearwater  04-16-17 AE4DFF, Mode-S C6047
6048 MH-60T East Coast (Virginia)  06-02-17  AE4E00, Mode-S C6048

MH-65D/E Helicopters - COTHEN ALE Address K## (6501-6599) / L## (6601-6608). Mode-S Hex Code

6501 MH-65D West Coast (Oregon)  06-27-17  AE265C, Mode-S C6501
6502 MH-65D CGAS New Orleans  06-16-17  AE265D, Mode-S C6502
6503 MH-65D CGAS Atlantic City  05-23-17  AE265E, Mode-S CGNR6503. CG6503
6504 MH-65D West Coast (Washington)  06-25-17  AE265F, Mode-S C6504
6506 MH-65D HITRON Jacksonville  04-07-17  AE2660
6507 MH-65D CGAS Atlantic City  10-19-15  AE2661
6508 MH-65D West Coast (California)  06-02-17  AE2662, Mode-S C6508
6509 MH-65D CGAS Atlantic City  06-28-17  AE2663, Mode-S CGNR6509, C6509
6510 MH-65D CGAS Miami  06-27-17  AE2664, Mode-S C6510
6511 MH-65D CGAS Traverse City  04-13-17  AE2665
6512 MH-65D West Coast (Oregon)  06-27-17  AE2666, Mode-S C6512
6513 MH-65D HITRON Jacksonville  10-18-16  AE2667, Mode-S C6513, Endgame 13
6514 MH-65D CGAS North Bend  06-25-17  AE2668, Mode-S CG6514
6515 MH-65D CGAS San Francisco  06-23-16  AE2669
6516 MH-65D CGAS Savannah  06-28-17  AE266A, Mode-S C6516
6517 MH-65D CGAS Traverse City  04-13-17  AE266B
6518 MH-65D CGAS Houston 06-26-17  AE266C, Mode-S C6518, CGNR6518
6519 MH-65D East Coast (Florida)  05-10-17  AE266D, Mode-S C6519
6520 MH-65D CGAS Houston  04-09-17  AE266E, Mode-S C6520
6521 MH-65D West Coast (Washington)  06-27-17  AE266F, Mode-S C6521, Endgame 21
6522 MH-65D West Coast (Oregon)  06-27-17  AE2670, Mode-S CG6522
6524 MH-65D East Coast (Florida)  05-07-17  AE2672, Mode-S C6524, CG6524
6525 MH-65D HITRON Jacksonville  06-23-17  AE2673, Mode-S C6525, Endgame 25
6526 MH-65D CGAS Unknown  02-21-17  AE2674, Mode-S C6526
6527 MH-65D West Coast (Oregon)   06-20-17  AE2675, Mode-S C6527
6528 MH-65D HITRON Jacksonville  11-22-16  AE2676, Mode-S C6528, CG6528 (looks like this bird maybe a west coast bird now)
6529 MH-65D CGAS Miami  04-24-17  AE2677, Mode-S CG6529
6530 MH-65D CGAS Savannah  05-11-17  AE2678, Mode-S C6530
6531 MH-65D CGAS San Francisco  12-27-16  AE2679, Mode-S C6531
6532 MH-65D CGAS Detroit  12-07-15  AE267A
6533 MH-65D CGAS New Orleans  06-13-17  AE267B, Mode-S C6533, Voice Call - Coast Guard 6533
6534 MH-65D CGAS Atlantic City  06-27-17  AE267C, Mode-S CGNR6534
6536 MH-65D CGAS Atlantic City  08-27-17  AE267E, Mode-S CGNR6535
6537 MH-65D CGAS North Bend  06-05-17  AE267F, Mode-S C6537, CG6537, Endgame 37
6538 MH-65D CGAS New Orleans  05-03-17  AE2680, Mode-S C6538
6539 MH-65D HITRON Jacksonville  06-21-17  AE2681, Mode-S C6539, Endgame 39
6540 MH-65D CGAS Miami  04-07-17  AE2682
6542 MH-65D CGAS Miami  04-30-17  AE2683, Mode-S C6542
6543 MH-65D CGAS Traverse City  05-16-17  AE2684, Mode-S C6543 
6544 MH-65D CGAS Savannah  06-23-17  AE509F, Mode-S C6544, CG6544, CGNR6544
6545 MH-65D CGAS Miami  01-20-17  AE2685, Mode-S C6545
6547 MH-65D CGAS Barbers Point  07-15-16  AE2686
6548 MH-65D East Coast (Florida)  04-12-17  AE2687, Mode-S C6548. CG6548
6550 MH-65D CGAS Savannah  06-27-17   AE2688, Mode-S C6550, 6550
6551 MH-65D East Coast (Florida)  06-08-17  AE2689, Mode-S C6551, CG6551, Endgame 51
6552 MH-65D HITRON Jacksonville  04-30-17  AE268A, Mode-S C6552, Endgame 52
6553 MH-65D East Coast (Florida) 05-18-17  AE268B, Mode-S C6553, CGNR6553
6554 MH-65D CGAS Corpus Christi  05-30-17  AE268C/AEA68C, Mode-S C6554, 6554
6555 MH-65D CGAS Savannah  06-20-17  AE268D, Mode-S C6555
6556 MH-65D CGAS Humboldt Bay  06-21-17 AE268E, Mode-S C6556
6557 MH-65D FOB Point Mugu  06-21-17  AE268F, Mode-S C6557
6558 MH-65D CGAS Humboldt Bay  06-20-17  AE2690, Mode-S C6558. CGNR6558
6559 MH-65D West Coast (Oregon)  04-15-17  AE2691, Mode-S C6559
6560 MH-65D CGAS Detroit  06-23-17  AE2692, Mode-S C6560, CGNR6560
6561 MH-65D ATC Mobile  06-22-17  AE2693, Mode-S C6561
6562 MH-65D CGAS Savannah  06-27-17  AE2694, Mode-S C6562, CGNR6562
6563 MH-65D West Coast (California)  06-07-17  AE2695, Mode-S C6563
6564 MH-65D CGAS Corpus Christi 06-22-17  AE2696, Mode-S C6564, 6564, Endgame 64
6565 MH-65D ATC Mobile  07-16-16   AE2697, Mode-S C6565
6566 MH-65D CGAS Traverse City  06-28-17  AE2698, Mode-S C6566
6567 MH-65D HITRON Jacksonville  06-07-17  AE2699, Mode-S CG6567
6568 MH-65D East Coast (Florida)  06-12-17  AE269A, Mode-S C6568, Endgame 68
6569 MH-65D CGAS Borinquen  03-05-17  AE269B
6570 MH-65D CGAS San Francisco  06-28-17  AE269C, Mode-S C6570, CG6570, 6570
6571 MH-65D CGAS Atlantic City  04-12-17  AE269D, Mode-S C6571, CGNR6571
6572 MH-65D CGAS Borinquen  03-16-17  AE269E
6573 MH-65D CGAS Borinquen  03-10-17  AE269F
6574 MH-65D CGAS North Bend  02-22-17  AE26A0, Mode-S CGNR6574
6575 MH-65D ATC Mobile  05-27-17  AE26A1, Mode-S C6575
6576 MH-65D CGAS New Orleans  01-31-13  AE26A2
6577 MH-65D CGAS Atlantic City  06-28-17  AE26A3, Mode-S CGNR6577
6578 MH-65D CGAS Barbers Point  10-25-16  AE26A4
6579 MH-65D CGAS Traverse City  06-08-17  AE26A5, Mode-S C6579
6580 MH-65D CGAS Atlantic City  06-16-17  AE26A6, Mode-S C6580,.CGNR6580
6581 MH-65D CGAS Houston  06-27-17  AE26A7, Mode-S CG6581
6582 MH-65D CGAS Detroit  07-27-16  AE26A8, Mode-S C6582
6583 MH-65D ATC Mobile  01-29-16  AE26A9
6584 MH-65D ATC Mobile  08-14-16  AE26AA
6585 MH-65D CGAS Borinquen  11-11-16  AE26AB
6586 MH-65D CGAS San Francisco  06-23-17  AE26AC, Mode-S C6586
6587 MH-65E CGAS Atlantic City  01-27-17  AE26AD, Mode-S C6587
6588 MH-65D Great Lakes (Michigan)  04-21-17  AE26AE, Mode-S CGNR6588
6589 MH-65D CGAS Atlantic City  06-27-17  AE26AF, Mode-S CGNR6589
6590 MH-65D CGAS Atlantic City  01-08-16  AE26B0
6591 MH-65D ATC Mobile  04-10-17  AE26B1, Mode-S C6591, CG6591
6592 MH-65D Southern US  06-21-17  AE26B2, Mode-S C6592, CGNR6592
6593 MH-65D CGAS Kodiak  02-24-17  AE26B3, Mode-S C6593
6594 MH-65E CGAS Elizabeth City 06-15-17  AE26B4, Mode-S C6594
6595 MH-65D FOB Point Mugu  05-13-17  AE26B5, Mode-S C6595, Endgame 95
6596 MH-65D West Coast (Washington)  06-24-17  AE26B6, Mode-S C6596
6597 MH-65D CGAS Houston  06-26-17  AE26B7, Mode-S C6597, CGNR6597
6598 MH-65D CGAS Atlantic City  06-12-1&  AE26B8, Mode-S CGNR6598
6599 MH-65D East Coast (Florida) 06-13-17  AE26B9, Mode-S C6599, Endgame 99
6601 MH-65D ALC Elizabeth City  08-14-09
6602 MH-65D East Coast (Florida)  08-21-16
6603 MH-65D CGAS Houston  03-13-17  AE26BA, Mode-S C6603
6604 MH-65D CGAS Miami  06-12-17  AE26BB, Mode-S C6604, Endgame 04
6605 MH-65D CGAS Atlantic City  06-13-17  AE26BC, Mode-S C6605, CGNR6605
6606 MH-65D West Coast (California)  04-20-17  AE26BD, Mode-S C6606, CGNR6606
6607 MH-65D FOB Point Mugu  06-28-17  AE26BE, Mode-S c/s C6607, CG6607
6608 MH-65D CGAS Miami  01-03-15  AE26BF


C-37 Gulfstream V


Cruising Speed: Mach 0.8 or 459 knots
Certified Ceiling: 54,000 feet
Range: 5,500 miles
Power Plant: Two 14,750-pound thrust BMW-Rolls-Royce BR710-48 turbofan engines
Gross Weight: 90,900 pounds
Dimensions: Wingspan: 93 feet, 6 inches; Length: 96 feet, 5 inches; Height: 25 feet, 10 inches

The Coast Guard operates two long-range Gulfstream V as its principal Command and Control transport for travel by the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Coast Guard Commandant, and other U.S. Officials. On lone flights, the C-37A can carry 12 passengers and a crew of four going Mach .80 at 51,000 feet cruising altitude, all with considerable fuel efficiency. The C-37A enjoys commonality of parts and supplies with more than a dozen C-37As operated by the Department of Defense. (Source: USCG Fact File)

HC-130 Long Range Search Aircraft

(Source: USCG Fact File)
Range: 4100 (H), 5500 (J) NM
Endurance: 14 (H), 21(J) Hours
Crew: 2 (O), 5 (E)

HC-130 aircraft provide long-range air coverage over the entire Coast Guard area of responsibility. The primary role of these aircraft is to meet the long range maritime patrol requirements that cannot be accomplished by the medium range surveillance (MRS) CASA aircraft.

When the modernization and recapitalization project is complete, the LRS fleet will include a total of 22 fully missionized HC-130Js and some upgraded HC-130Hs with new center wing boxes.

The Coast Guard is improving the material condition and capability of 16 legacy HC-130H aircraft. New (SELEX) active electronically scanned array radar is replacing the APS-137 radar. The new radar is more reliable and capable than the legacy system. The aircraft will also receive new DF-430 direction-finding radio equipment. The new direction finder will use the international standard 406MHz distress beacon technology. Later modernization projects will include upgrades to the aircraft obsolete avionics and cockpit display suites as well as structural enhancements to extend the operational lives of the aircraft.
The HC-130H fleet is equipped with a Forward-Looking Infrared/Electro-Optical/Low-Light TV (FLIR/EO/LLTV) turret-mounted camera system. This system provides a 360-degree field-of-view and high-resolution software magnification allowing use at standoff ranges.  In addition, a DAMA-compatible MILSATCOM receiver is installed. The FLIR/EO/LLTV interfaces with the HC-130H's radar, allowing automatic direction of the FLIR system, reducing the operator workload for the tactical sensor operator.

The first missionized HC-130J was delivered on January 24, 2008. HC-130J modifications include: the proven multimode EDO EL/M 2022A(V)3 maritime surface search radar, mounted beneath the plane’s fuselage, and a nose-mounted APN- 241 weather radar, the electro-optical/infrared- FLIR Systems Star Safire III, DF- 430 UHF/VHF Direction Finder System, and SAAB Transponder Tech AB R4A Airborne Automatic Identification System (AIS).

Three HC-130J’s were ordered in 2012 for delivery in 2016 at a cost of $218 million. Two more were ordered in 2014 for delivery by 2017.

HC-144A Ocean Sentry Medium Range Search Aircraft


Max Speed: 246 knots
Cruising Speed: 230 knots
Range: 2000 nautical miles
Endurance: 11.5 hours

Maximum Takeoff Weight: 36,380 pounds
Dimensions: Length: 70 feet, 2 inches; Wing Span: 84 feet 8 inches
Power Plant: Two 1,750 shp (1305 kW) General Electric CT7-9C3 turboprop engines 
Crew: Five

From The Shield of Freedom, 2006: The HC-144A "Ocean Sentry" is a Maritime Patrol Aircraft produced by the Spanish subsidiary of the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co. (EADS). First unveiled in 2006, the CN-235A (official USCG designation HC-144A) is currently being produced and delivered to the Coast Guard.

The aircraft were certified as the all-around Coast Guard choice for its Medium Range Surveillance (MRS) Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) by then Commandant Adm. Thomas Collins, in 2003. They are part of the Deepwater program, an extensive acquisition overhaul that touches the entire Coast Guard fleet of operational forces.

The HC-144A will assume Coast Guard medium range surveillance and transport requirements, replacing the HU-25 and some HC-130s. The Ocean Sentry has the capability to perform aerial delivery of search and rescue equipment such as rafts, pumps, and flares, and it can serve as an on-scene commander platform for homeland security missions, since it is outfitted with the IDS Command and Control (C2) System, and the state-of-the-art C4ISR suite of sensors and avionics. The aircraft will be particularly effective at locating targets in a large search area, and vectoring prosecution assets to the targets.

The HC-144As modern C4ISR suite, modular cabin, miserly fuel consumption rate, and short field takeoff and landing capability make it uniquely suited for USCG missions.

This fixed-wing turbo prop aircraft provides invaluable on-scene loitering capabilities and perform various missions, including maritime patrol, law enforcement, Search and Rescue (SAR), disaster response, and cargo & personnel transport. The Mission System Pallet is a roll-on, roll-off suite of electronic equipment that enables the aircrew to compile data from the aircraft's multiple integrated sensors and transmit and receive both classified "Secret"-level and unclassified information to other assets, including surface vessels, other aircraft, local law enforcement and shore facilities.

With multiple voice and data communications capabilities, including UHF/VHF, HF, and Commercial Satellite Communications (SATCOM), the HC-144A will be able to contribute to a Common Tactical Picture (CTP) and Common Operating Picture (COP) through a networked Command and Control (C2) system that provides for data sharing via SATCOM. The aircraft is also equipped with a vessel Automatic Identification System, direction finding equipment, a surface search radar, an Electro-Optical/ Infra-Red system, and Electronic Surveillance Measures equipment to improve situational awareness and responsiveness.

The Coast Guard is upgrading its HC-144A aircraft to address obsolescence issues, improve situational awareness and increase overall mission effectiveness. Upon completion of this modification, called the Ocean Sentry Refresh, the aircraft will be designated HC-144B.

The key change is replacement of the cockpit control and display unit, which is used in flight management and serves as the primary avionics computer for communication control, navigation and equipment monitoring. The new CDU features active matrix display, a more powerful processor and other updated technologies that increase both performance and reliability. It also has the capabilities needed to comply with global air traffic management requirements, and its updated keyboard is easier to use in bad weather. (Source: USCG Fact File)

HC-27J Medium Range Search Aircraft

(Source: USCG Fact File)
Speed: 315 kts
Range: Up to 2,300 NM
Endurance: 10 Hours
Planned Quantity: 14

The C-27J is being integrated into the Coast Guard’s Medium Range Surveillance Aircraft fleet, alongside the HC-144A Ocean Sentry.

The C-27Js will be instrumental in helping the Coast Guard fulfill its maritime patrol, drug and migrant interdiction, disaster response, and search and rescue missions more effectively.

Fourteen C-27J aircraft are being transferred to the Coast Guard under the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. Following regeneration and missionization, the C-27J aircraft will address the gap in maritime flight hours the service is currently facing.

Envisioned modifications will enhance the aircraft’s current capability to detect, classify and identify maritime targets. Planned components will include an integrated surface search radar, electro-optical/infrared sensors and a standardized mission system being developed for all Coast Guard fixed wing aircraft.

The C-27J Asset Project Office has been stood up at Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and is supporting the acquisition and modernization of the C-27J aircraft system. The APO’s missions include development of Coast Guard specific crew duties, procedures, technical manuals, curricula and test and evaluation reporting.

MH-60T Medium Range Recovery Helicopter

(Source: USCG Fact File)

The revised recapitalization plan retains and upgrades the Coast Guard’s existing fleet of HH-60s rather than acquire new MRR replacement aircraft. The original Deepwater baseline had notionally selected the smaller AB-139 as the MRR. This aircraft was determined to be unsuitable to meet the post 9/11 Airborne Use of Force and Vertical Insertion/Vertical Delivery mission requirements. Plans call for 42 aircraft.

MH-60J Project:

The HH-60 was modernized with improved avionics and a new T700 turbine power plant. The hardened HH-60s received an Airborne Use of Force (AUF) package that provides the capability to fire warning and disabling shots from the air while providing for crew protection from small arms fire. When deployed from a Coast Guard flight deck-equipped cutter, this gives the cutter the ability to apply force against a maritime target up to 400NM away. The MRR additionally provides a Vertical Insertion and Vertical Delivery capability – the ability to deliver a 6-person interagency counter-terrorism or response team 200NM from a US shore or a Coast Guard flight deck equipped cutter.

MH-60T Project:

The MH-60T project was developed to enhance the multi-mission capabilities of the HH-60 aircraft. This project includes a number of upgrades to improve reliability and mission performance while also adding new capabilities such as the Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) Sensor System (ESS) and Airborne Use Force (AUF) package.

The ESS, manufactured by FLIR Systems Inc. provides aircrews with enhanced search capabilities to locate, identify, and track surface targets day or night.

Among the upgrades, Rockwell Collins’ Common Avionics Architecture System provides fully integrated flight and mission management capabilities. Using five multi-function display screens, aircrews can display radar and forward-looking-infrared data, monitor the Traffic Collision Avoidance System and view imagery fed into the cockpit from the rescue hoist camera. Enhanced radar and optical sensors also contribute to an improved common operating picture and maritime domain awareness.

The AUF package increases the MH-60T’s capability by equipping it with a 7.62mm machine gun to fire warning shots and a .50 caliber long range rifle for precise targeting, such as disabling outboard engines. The package also provides ballistic armor for aircrew protection and upgraded communications systems for better interoperability.

The first MH-60T, CG 6027, completed modifications at ALC in December 2007. The program is expected to be complete by 2020 at a cost of $451 million.

USN SH-60F frames 164445 and 164804 are to/have become CG 6044 and 6045 respectively.

MH-65 D/E Multi-Mission Cutter Helicopter (MCH)

(Source: USCG Fact File)

The H-65 Short Range Recovery helicopter was introduced to the U.S. Coast Guard in the mid-1980s, and is currently expected to remain in service through 2025.

The Coast Guard began the MCH Project in 2004 with the intent to increase, recapitalize and modernize its aging fleet of H-65 aircraft. The MCH Project grows the fleet by seven aircraft and provides the H-65 with a service life extension by replacing obsolete components with new technology–a digital Automatic Flight Control System, an integrated flight deck with sensor display screens, and a robust and effective C4ISR suite.

The program is broken up into six Discrete Segments:

Discrete Segment 1 (H-65/MCH Phase I)
In response to safety and reliability concerns, this segment focused on replacing the LTS 101 engines with Turbomeca Arriel 2C2CG engines and associated components. Re-engined aircraft are designated HH-65C. Other improvements include strengthened landing gear, a new 10-bladed tail rotor and drive shaft that will allow the HH-65 to move horizontally to the left or right at 70 knots.

Discrete Segment 2 (National Capital Region Air Defense)
This segment provides a NCRAD mission capability mandated by DHS by increasing the fleet size from 95 to 102 aircraft. The Coast Guard’s role in the mission is to conduct helicopter operations in the National Capital Region to identify and intercept aircraft operating within the Washington, D.C. area.

Discrete Segment 3 (Airborne Use of Force)
This segment provides the Coast Guard with an organic Airborne Use of Force (AUF) capability provided in AUF packages. The A-kit includes night vision goggle/infrared-compatible formation flying lights and cockpit displays, and an upgraded hailing system, mounts and internal stowage for ammunition and weapons. The AUF B-kit adds ballistic armor for aircrew protection, one M240 7.62mm general purpose machine gun and one RC50 .50 cal. precision rifle. The B-kit also provides a pilot’s head-up display, night vision optics and a Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) sensor.

The project also adds new communications systems –such as the AN/ARC-210 military satellite communications radio, AN/ARC-220 high frequency Automatic Link Establishment (ALE) radio, and the RT5000 multi-band radio, which connects an aircrew with federal, state & local law enforcement agencies and emergency services. The MCHs also will have a DF-430 direction finding system.

The new designation following these upgrades is MH-65C.

The MH-65C will additionally provide a Vertical Insertion and Vertical Delivery capability – the ability to deliver a 3-person interagency response team 50NM from shore or a Coast Guard flight deck-equipped cutter.

Discrete Segment 4 (H-65/MCH Phase II)
This segment will build upon the MH-65C configuration developed during Discrete Segment 3 and addresses obsolete aircraft “safety of flight” subsystems that are no longer economically supportable. The improvements include the replacement of the navigation system and six aircraft gyros with a dual digital embedded GPS/inertial navigation system aircraft will be designated MH-65D.

Flight testing on the first MH-65D, CG 6543, began in March at the Coast Guard Aviation Logistics Center in Elizabeth City, N.C. The MH-65D features a new flight navigation system which replaces the current compass, directional, yaw rate gyro systems, and GPS system. Initial Operating Capacity is expected to be reached during the 3rd quarter of FY10.

Discrete Segment 5 (Aircraft Ship Integrated Secure and Traverse)
In 2004, the Coast Guard decided that the Deepwater program, would be constructed with the ASIST system built by Indal Technologies, Inc. This discrete segment develops one prototype and nine additional ASIST-equipped H-65s that are compatible with the National Security Cutter for shipboard helicopter operations.

Discrete Segment 6 (H-65/MCH Phase III)
This segment is currently the final planned phase for H-65 upgrades. It addresses the remaining aircraft subsystem obsolescence issues and provides further enhanced capabilities, including replacement of the analog automatic flight control system with a digital system, a digital “glass” cockpit using common rotary wing avionics architecture, and digital weather radar. Following this upgrade, the aircraft will be designated as MH-65E. The MH-65E upgrades are scheduled for 2014.

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Program

The Coast Guard has developed a UAS acquisition strategy to acquire both low-altitude, cutter-based, tactical UASs and mid-altitude, land-based, long range UASs. The UAS acquisition strategy emphasizes commonality with existing DHS and DoD programs.

In November 2008, the Coast Guard experimented with dry-fitting the Navy’s RQ-8 Fire Scout aboard the NSC. The tests, which did not involve launch and recovery from the cutter’s flight deck, showed that an unmanned aircraft could be loaded, moved, and hangared aboard the NSC.

In 2008, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Coast Guard established a Joint Program Office to coordinate maritime land-based UAS policy and operations. In 2009, CBP acquired its first maritime-variant Predator UAS, the MQ-9 Guardian. Coast Guard and CBP flight crews have jointly operated the Guardian at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., and Corpus Christi, Texas, since 2010.

For cutter-based UAS solutions, the Coast Guard is monitoring the U.S. Navy’s ship-based UAS program. While awaiting progression on the major system acquisition, the Coast Guard is pursuing a non-major acquisition of a small UAS for the NSC as an interim, cost-effective UAS capability. To support this strategy, the Coast Guard plans to conduct technical demonstrations of the ScanEagle aboard an NSC during 2012 and 2013.
Aircraft Crashes & Accidents (Since 1993)

MH-65C #6535 crashed in Mobile Bay, AL on February 28th, 2012 while conducting a night training mission.

July 7, 2010 - MH-60T #6017 en route from Astoria, Oregon to Sitka, Alaska crashed into the water off James Island, WA at 9:32 a.m. after striking power lines with it's tail.
Three of four crewmembers were killed.

April 29, 2010 - MH-65C #6581 from CGAS Humboldt Bay crashed at the airport in Arcata at 10:55 a.m. The crew was conducting a training mission at the time of the incident. All three aviators walked away from the incident.

April 20, 2010 - HH-65C #6523 crashed during a nighttime training evolution in southern Lake Huron at approximately 9:45 p.m. The helicopter crew was conducting nighttime hoist training with Station Port Huron when the aircraft crashed into the water. All three crew members were able to safely exit the helicopter and were recovered by the crew of a Station Port Huron 41-foot utility boat.

March 3, 2010 - MH-60T #6028 crashed 40 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, Utah at 10:30 a.m. The helicopter was returning from the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. The aircraft refueled in Salt Lake City and planned on flying to Colorado it went down in the snow. All five people on board survived the crash.

November 17, 2009 - HU-25 #2139 suffered a collapsed nose landing gear while landing at Eagle County Regional Airport in Gypsum, Colorado.  The Corpus Christi based aircraft had been conducting a training flight in the area. Upon landing, the crew noticed an abnormal vibration before the nose landing gear collapsed causing the aircraft to skid down the runway. The crew deployed a dragchute, which helped the Falcon decelerate and come to a stop 500 feet from the end of the runway.

October 29, 2009 - HC-130H #1705 collided with a Marine helicopter and crashed into the ocean 15 miles east of San Clemente Island off the coast of San Diego. The Sacramento based aircraft was searching for an overdue 12-foot pleasure craft when there was a collision with a Marine Corps AH-1 Cobra helicopter at 1915 Pacific local time. The seven man crew perished.

September 4th, 2008 - HH-65C #6505 crashed approximately five miles south of Honolulu International Airport. The helicopter's crew had just completed search and rescue drills with a 47-foot motor lifeboat from Station Honolulu when it went down at 8:15 p.m. The Coast Guard was notified by the FAA and immediately launched a C-130 search plane from Air Station Barbers Point. A crew on board an inbound Air Force C-17 to Honolulu International saw the Coast Guard helicopter go down and circled the site until a rescue boat from the Honolulu Fire Department could get on scene. The four man crew perished.

June 28, 2006 - HC-130H #1710 suffered damage during landing on St. Paul Island, in the Bering Sea. The Kodiak based aircraft was on a logistics mission, transporting equipment. After the aircraft touched down, it departed the left side of the runway, damaging the right wing and separating one of the four propellers. The aircraft came to rest 50 yards left of the runway. There were no reported injuries to the nine Coast Guard personnel on board the aircraft.

February 11, 2006 - HH-65B #6546 from CGAS Humboldt Bay crashed into the surf off Eureak, CA while rescuing several persons in the water. The crew survived without injury. The helo washed ashore.

December 8, 2004 - HH-60J #6020 from CGAS Kodiak was evacuating crewmembers off the grounded Malaysian freighter Selendang Ayu off Unalaska Island when it was engulfed by a huge wave of water. The engines flamed out and the helicopter fell into the sea. An HH-65 rescued the three Coast Guard aviators, who were wearing survival suits, and one of the crewmen. After transporting the four crash survivors to Dutch Harbor, the HH-65 returned to hoist the 6020 rescue swimmer and Selendang Ayu master from the bow section of the sinking vessel.

June 8, 1997 - HH-65A #6549 from CGAS Humboldt Bay was responding to a sailing vessel taking on water at night in poor weather conditions and high seas. It is believed that the aircraft impacted the water while attempting to make an approach to the vessel. The four man crew perished.

July 12, 1994 - HH-65A #6541 from CGAS Humboldt Bay was responding to a grounded sailing vessel. It was dark and the weather was poor as the crew attempted to descend through the fog to assist the vessel in distress. The helicopter impacted the side of a cliff and the entire four man crew was lost.

August 31, 1993 - HH-65A #6594 from CGAS Brooklyn was delivering aids to navigation personnel and equipment to the Ambrose light tower. The helicopter landed short of the elevated helipad. The left main gear struck the edge of the pad, resulting in a rollover. The aircraft fell to the sea 100 feet below. Both pilots perished in the accident.


USCG Surface Asset Guide

Legend Class National Security Cutter (NSC/WMSL)

Length: 418 feet
Speed: 28 kts
Displacement: 4,300 tons
Range: 12,000 nautical miles
Propulsion: CODAG (Combined Diesel and Gas) 1 Gas Turbine, 2 Diesels/Bow Thruster
Endurance: 60 Days
Aircraft: (2) MH-60/MH-65 helicopters or (4) VUAV unmanned aircraft
Boats: (2) Long Range Interceptors operating up to 200 miles away from NSC and (1) Short Range Prosecutor
Crew (max): 18 Officers, 106 Enlisted
Armament: 57mm gun and MK 160 Gun Fire Control System, Close-In Weapons System with a SLQ-32 Electronic Warfare System, cruise-missile defenses with countermeasures consisting of SRBOC/NULKA chaff and rapid decoy launcher and Specific Emitter Identification (SEI) Sensor System that identifies other boats by their unique noise and radio waves. Will also include CBR defense capabilities. Four .50 cal machine guns also.
Cost per unit: $355 million
Planned Quantity: 6-8 cutters

Hull             Name           INT. C/S    Homeport Remarks  (ALE Address)

WMSL 750 Bertholf      NBCQ    Alameda CA ALE-BCQ
WMSL 751 Waesche     NBGN    Alameda CA  ALE-BGN
WMSL 752 Stratton      NHTC     Alameda CA
WMSL 753  Hamilton   NMAG   Charleston SC
WMSL 754  James        NJAM     Charleston SC
WMSL 755  Munro       NFDF      Alameda CA  
WMSL 756  Kimball                     Honolulu HI (Under Construction)
WMSL 757  Midgett     NHWR    Honolulu HI (Under Construction)
WMSL-758  Stone                         On Order

The NSC was designed to be the flagship of the fleet – capable of meeting all maritime security mission needs. The NSC contributes to Intelligence Collection/Information Sharing through a sophisticated S/SCIF, SEI sensors and increased data exchange bandwidth. The NSC’s DoD interoperability capabilities are enhanced with DHS and local responder interoperable radio communications.

The NSC flight deck accommodates all variants of DHS and DoD HH-60 helicopters to provide enhanced interoperability with interagency and inter-service counter-terrorism teams. The NSC will now be fully integrated with the National Distress Response Modernization Program, known as RESCUE 21, which will provide the port commanders with real-time tracking of the NSC and seamless Common Operational Picture/MDA data sharing, including the Automated Identification System (AIS).

The NSC Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection suite will include underwater sonar that will allow the cutter to scan ports, approaches, facilities and high-value assets for underwater, mine like devices and detect swimmers. The cutter’s small arms mounts will be remote operated and fully integrated with the cutter’s radar and infrared sensors such that the cutter and high-value assets under its protection can be protected from a USS COLE-like incident.

The Maritime Security Capabilities allow cutter’s weapons and command and control suite to be upgraded and hardened to better survive potential terrorist incidents and process increased data flow. This will include SRBOC/NULKA missile defense system with CIWS, SLQ-32, and a medium caliber deck gun (57MM) that will provide the ability to stop rogue merchant vessels far from shore. An integrated CBRNE Detection and Defense capability allows the NSC to remain on scene and operate in Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) scenarios.

Hamilton Class High-Endurance Cutter

Length: 378 feet
Speed: 29 kts
Displacement: 3,300 tons
Range: 9,000 nautical miles
Propulsion: CODAG (Combined Diesel and Gas) 2 Gas Turbines, 2 Diesels
Aircraft: 1 MH-65
Crew: 167
Years Built: 1967-1972
Armament: 76mm gun, 1 20mm Phalanx CIWS, cruise-missile defenses with countermeasures consisting of 2 SRBOC chaff and rapid decoy launchers. Two .50 caliber machine guns, 2 25mm Bushmaster guns.

Remarks: Large frigate-like patrol ships, intended for open-ocean, long-range operations. Equipped with SIPRNET. The 378-foot cutters typically operate 185 days away from home port per year.

Hull             Name           INT. C/S    Homeport Remarks  (ALE Address)

WHEC 717   Mellon        NMEL Seattle WA ALE-DIT
WHEC 720  Sherman      NMMJ Honolulu HI  ALE-MMJ  
WHEC 724  Munro         NGDF Kodiak AK  ALE-GDF
WHEC 726  Midgett       NHWR Seattle WA  ALE-HWR

Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC/WMSM)

Length: 360 feet
Displacement: 3,200 Tons
Speed: 22 kts
Range: 10,200 nautical miles
Propulsion: 2 Diesels
Endurance: 60 Days
Aircraft: 1 H-65
Boats: 3OTH
Crew: 16 Officers, 75 Enlisted
Armament: 57mm gun, MK15 CIWS, SLQ-32, SRBOC/NULKA
Number planned: 25

OPC will feature increased range and endurance (60–90 day patrol cycles); more powerful weapons; larger flight decks; chem-bio & radiological environmental hazard detection and defense; and improved C4ISR equipment. The cutters will be equipped with air and surface search radars and target classification sensors. The cutters’ mission influence will be extended by aircraft and a new generation of cutter boats.

The WMSM cutters will have stern ramp to accommodate small boat launch and recovery in higher sea states than conventional davit systems aboard legacy cutters. The new generation of cutter boats, including the Long Range Interceptor and Short Range Prosecutor, improve a cutter crew’s over-the-horizon and local force protection capabilities.

Famous Class Medium-Endurance Cutter

Length: 270 feet
Speed: 19 kts
Displacement: 1,800 tons
Range: 12,000 nautical miles
Propulsion: 2 Diesels
Aircraft: 1 MH-65 helicopter
Crew: 100
Years Built: 1983-1991
Armament: 76 mm 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.

Remarks: Multipurpose cutters designed for general patrol duties; fitted with a telescoping helicopter hangar. Designed for 14-day patrols, they are commonly forced to carry out 90-day patrols in the Caribbean. Equipped with ALE and SIPRNET.

Hull             Name           INT. C/S    Homeport Remarks  (ALE Address)

WMEC 901  Bear              NRKN  Portsmouth VA  ALE-RKN/RKN1
WMEC 902  Tampa           NIKL  Portsmouth VA  ALE-IKL/IKL1 
WMEC 903  Harriet Lane NHNC  Portsmouth VA  ALE-HNC/HNC1
WMEC 904  Northland     NLGF  Portsmouth VA  ALE-NOR
WMEC 905  Spencer        NWHE  Boston MA  ALE-ROS/ROS1
WMEC 906  Seneca         NFMK  Boston MA  ALE-FMK
WMEC 907  Escanaba      NNAS  Boston MA  ALE-NAS/NAS1
WMEC 908  Tahoma        NCBE  Kittery ME  ALE-CBE/CBE1 
WMEC 909  Campbell     NRDC  Kittery ME  ALE-RDC/RDC1
WMEC 910  Thetis           NYWL  Key West FL  ALE-YWL/YWL1
WMEC 911  Forward        NICB  Portsmouth VA  ALE-ICB
WMEC 912  Legare          NRPM  Portsmouth VA  ALE-RPM
WMEC 913  Mohawk       NRUF  Key West FL  ALE-RUF

Reliance Class Medium-Endurance Cutter

Length: 210 feet
Speed: 18 kts
Displacement: 1,020 tons
Range: 12,000 nautical miles
Propulsion: 2 Diesels
Aircraft: 1 MH-65 helicopter
Crew: 75
Years Built: 1964-1969
Armament: 1 25mm gun, two .50 caliber machine guns.

Remarks: Equipped with SIPRNET.

Hull             Name           INT. C/S    Homeport Remarks  (ALE Address)

WMEC 615  Reliance        NJPJ      Kittery ME                ALE-JPJ
WMEC 616  Diligence       NMUD  Wilmington NC        ALE-MUD
WMEC 617  Vigilant         NHIC      Cape Canaveral FL  ALE-HIC 
WMEC 618  Active            NRTF     Port Angeles WA     ALE-RTF
WMEC 619  Confidence    NHKW   Cape Canaveral FL   ALE-HKW
WMEC 620  Resolute        NRLT      St. Petersburg FL     ALE-RLT/RLT1
WMEC 621  Valiant          NVAI      NS Mayport FL        ALE-VAI
WMEC 623  Steadfast       NSTF      Astoria OR               ALE-STF
WMEC 624  Dauntless      NDTS     Galveston TX           ALE-DTS
WMEC 625  Venturous     NVES      St. Petersburg FL    ALE-VES/VES1/VES2
WMEC 626  Dependable  NOWK     Little Creek VA      ALE-OWK
WMEC 627  Vigorous      NQSP       Little Creek VA      ALE-QSP
WMEC 629  Decisive       NUHC      Pascagoula MS       ALE-UHC
WMEC 630  Alert             NZVE       Astoria OR             ALE-ZVE

Alex Haley Class Large Patrol Cutter

Length: 282 feet
Speed: 18 kts
Displacement: 3,000 tons
Range: 12,000 nautical miles
Propulsion: 4 Diesels
Aircraft: 1 MH-65/MH-60 helicopter
Crew: 99
Built: 1971
Armament: 2 25mm guns, two .50 caliber machine guns.

Remarks: Former USN salvage tug transferred to USCG and converted to operate in Alaskan waters as a patrol and rescue ship. The conversion included addition of a helicopter deck aft. The ship retains a heavy towing capability, but most salvage gear was removed. A helo hangar has now been added.

Hull             Name           INT. C/S    Homeport Remarks  (ALE Address)

WMEC 39 Alex Haley NZPO  Kodiak AK  ALE-ZPO

Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutter

Length: 153 feet
Displacement: 353 tons
Speed: 28 kts
Propulsion: 2 Diesels
Endurance: 5 days
Aircraft: None
Boats: 1 SRP
Crew: 2 Officers, 20 Enlisted
Armament: 1-25 mm remote chain gun, 4-.50 cal machine guns
Planned Quantity: 58 cutters

Remarks: Replacement for the 110-foot patrol boats. Damen 4708 design to be built by Bollinger
The Coast Guard awarded a contract option for approximately $141 million to Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, LA, on December 15, 2009, to begin production on three Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters (FRC). The current Sentinel contract is worth up to $1.5 billion if all options for 34 cutters are exercised. The Coast Guard plans to build 58 Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters.

Hull             Name                             INT. C/S    Homeport Remarks  (ALE Address)

WPC 1101  Bernard C. Webber      NPEG  Miami FL
WPC 1102  Richard Etheridge        NJFB   Miami FL
WPC 1103 William Flores              NILB   Miami FL
WPC 1104  Robert Yered               NAGP  Miami FL
WPC 1105  Margaret Norvell         NFPE   Miami FL       ALE-FPE
WPC 1106  Paul Clark                   NAAD  Miami FL
WPC 1107  Charles David Jr.        NAKJ   Key West FL  ALE-AKJ
WPC 1108  Charles W. Sexton      NDRA  Key West FL
WPC 1109  Kathleen Moore          NDVB  Key West FL  ALE-DVB
WPC 1110  Raymond Evans*        NEJA   Key West FL   ALE-EJA
WPC 1111  William Trump           NECW  Key West FL
WPC 1112  Isaac Mayo                  NEAP   Key West FL  ALE-EAP
WPC 1113  Richard Dixon                          San Juan PR
WPC 1114  Heriberto Hernandez                San Juan PR
WPC 1115  Joseph Napier                           San Juan PR
WPC 1116  Winslow W. Griesser                San Juan PR
WPC 1117  Donald Horsley#        NDOE   San Juan PR
WPC 1118  Joseph Tezanos                         San Juan PR
WPC 1119  Rollin A. Fritch                         Cape May NJ
WPC 1120  Lawrence O. Lawson                Cape May NJ
WPC 1121  John F. McCormick                   Ketchikan AK
WPC 1122  Bailey T. Barco                          Ketchikan AK
WPC 1123  Benjamin B. Dailey                   Pascagoula MS (final outfitting)
WPC 1124  Oliver F. Perry@                        Honolulu HI (sea trials)
WPC 1125  Jacob L.A. Poroo                       Pascagoula MS
WPC 1126  Joseph Gerczak                        
WPC-1127  Richard T. Snyder
WPC-1128  Nathan Bruckenthal
WPC-1129  Forrest O. Rednour
WPC-1130  Robert G. Ward
WPC-1131  Terrell Horne III
WPC-1132  Benjamin A. Bottoms
WPC-1133  Joseph O. Doyle
WPC-1134  William C. Hart
WPC-1135  ex-Oliver Perry

*WPC1110 renamed Raymond Evans; Jos. Napier became WPC1115
#WPC1117 renamed at the request of the Patterson Family
@WPC1124 renamed Oliver F. Perry (formerly WPC1135

110 Foot Island Class Patrol Boat

Length: 110 feet
Speed: 29 knots
Displacement: 154 tons
Range: 1,900 nautical miles
Propulsion: 2 Diesels
Aircraft: none
Crew: 16
Built: 1986-1992
Armament: 1 25 mm Bushmaster gun, two .50 cal machine guns

Remarks: General-purpose patrol boats, suited mainly for SAR and law enforcement. They were constructed in three batches, with various improvements and changes. Although intended for 10-14 day local patrols, they are making Caribbean patrols of up to 60 days. Planned for a service life of only 15 years. Conversion of 110 foot boats to 123 feet was stopped at 8 hulls. The 110-foot cutters are slated for Mission Effectiveness Program (MEP) updates which will add 15 years to their life. All the 110’ MEP cutters receive hull renewal plus electronics upgrades, renewed electric cabling, new ship surface diesel generator and switchboard replacement, the FM-200 fire suppression installation, gyro compass & autopilot installation, and the main diesel engine control replacement.

Hull             Name                INT. C/S    Homeport Remarks  (ALE Address)

WPB 1301  Farallon                              Ketchikan AK
WPB 1304  Maui                    NBEI     Manama Bahrain      Deployed CENTCOM
WPB 1307  Ocracoke             NGBL    South Portland ME  MEP Modified     ALE-GBL
WPB 1309  Aquidneck           NBTC    Manama Bahrain      Deployed CENTCOM
WPB 1310  Mustang              NJSH     Seward AK 
WPB 1311  Naushon              NEWR   Homer AK               MEP modified
WPB 1312  Sanibel                NDCK   Woods Hole MA      MEP modified     ALE-DCK
WPB 1313  Edisto                  NLKY    San Diego CA         MEP modified  
WPB 1318  Baranof                NCUI     Manama Bahrain    Deployed CENTCOM 
WPB-1319  Chandeleur          NFFS     Valdez AK
WPB 1322  Cuttyhunk            NEDI     Port Angeles WA    MEP modified    ALE-EDI
WPB 1324  Key Largo            NGEI     Gloucester MA                                   ALE-GEI
WPB 1326  Monomoy            NKEC    Manama Bahrain     Deployed CENTCOM
WPB 1327  Orcas                   NTBZ     Coos Bay OR                                     ALE-TBZ
WPB 1329  Sitkinak               NBNW   Bayonne NJ             MEP modified    ALE-BNW
WPB 1330  Tybee                   NERH    Woods Hole MA     MEP modified    ALE-ERH
WPB 1331  Washington          NVMJ    Apra Harbor Guam
WPB 1332  Wrangell              NFWC    Manama Bahrain    Deployed CENTCOM 
WPB 1333  Adak                    NZRW    Manama Bahrain    Deployed CENTCOM 
WPB 1334  Liberty                 NJHT      Auke Bay AK                                   ALE-JHT
WPB 1335  Anacapa               NEXY    Petersburg AK        MEP modified 
WPB 1336  Kiska                    NUSF     Hilo HI 
WPB 1337  Assateague           NDRV    Apra Harbor Guam
WPB 1349  Galveston Island  NRLP     Honolulu HI

87 Foot Marine Protector Class Patrol Boat

Length: 87 feet
Speed: 25 knots
Displacement: 91 tons
Range: 900 nautical miles
Propulsion: 2 Diesels
Aircraft: none
Crew: 10
Built: 1998-2005
Armament: Two .50 cal machine guns

Remarks: The newly designed 87' Coastal Patrol Boat has several enhancements over the aging 82s, including improved mission sea keeping abilities (up to sea state 5), and significantly upgraded habitability. It also employs an innovative stern launch and recovery system using an Aluminum hulled inboard diesel powered water jet small boat. The vastly larger pilot house is equipped with an integrated bridge system including an electronic chart display system (ECDIS) which interfaces with the CG’s new surface search radar. SWIII computers along with a fiber optic network will also be installed, allowing the crew to access the vessel’s CD-ROM tech pubs and drawings.

Hull             Name                    INT. C/S    Homeport Remarks  (ALE Address)

WPB 87301  Barracuda          NIUD     Eureka CA 
WPB 87302  Hammerhead     NHAM  Woods Hole MA 
WPB 87303  Mako                 NYVC  Cape May NJ 
WPB 87304  Marlin               NJZP     Ft. Meyers FL 
WPB 87305  Stingray            NBRG   Mobile AL 
WPB 87306  Dorado              NJEC    Crescent City CA            ALE-JEC
WPB 87307  Osprey              NBRF   Port Townsend WA         ALE-BRF
WPB 87308  Chinook            NZPU    New London CT 
WPB 87309  Albacore           NZRG   Little Creek VA              ALE-ZRG 
WPB 87310  Tarpon              NTWX  Tybee Island GA 
WPB 87311  Cobia                NTXJ    Mobile AL                      ALE-TXJ
WPB 87312  Hawksbill         NTXR   Monterey CA
WPB 87313  Cormorant        NTMF   Ft. Pierce FL  
WPB 87314  Finback            NTMR   Cape May NJ 
WPB 87315  Amberjack       NTMV   Port Isabel TX
WPB 87316  Kittiwake         NTNL    Nawiliwili HI 
WPB 87317  Blackfin           NTQA    Santa Barbara CA 
WPB 87318  Bluefin             NRKI     Ft. Pierce FL                 ALE-RKI
WPB 87319  Yellowfin         NRKG   Charleston SC               ALE-RKG
WPB 87320  Manta               NRKD    Freeport TX 
WPB 87321  Coho                NARU    Panama City FL            ALE-ARU
WPB 87322  Kingfisher        NPAL     Mayport FL                  ALE-PAL 
WPB 87323  Seahawk           NZTM   Carrabelle FL  
WPB 87324  Steelhead          NITU     Port Aransas TX 
WPB 87325  Beluga              NZSR     Little Creek VA 
WPB 87326  Blacktip            NMHU   Oxnard CA                   ALE-MHU
WPB 87327  Pelican              NFSH     Abbeville LA               ALE-FSH  
WPB 87328  Ridley               NRDD    Montauk NY 
WPB 87329  Cochito             NDCV    Little Creek VA 
WPB 87330  Man-O-War      NJQA     Galveston TX 
WPB 87331  Moray               NJZP     Jonesport ME 
WPB 87332  Razorbill           NJSJ      Gulfport MS                 ALE-JSJ
WPB 87333  Adelie               NTRK    Port Angeles WA         ALE-TRK
WPB 87334  Gannet              NUGW   Fort Lauderdale FL 
WPB 87335  Narwhal            NTHA    Corona Del Mar CA    ALE-THA
WPB 87336  Sturgeon           NTGT    Grand Isle LA              ALE-TGT
WPB 87337  Sockeye            NAVC    Bodega Bay CA 
WPB 87338  Ibis                   NWBC   Cape May NJ
WPB 87339  Pompano          NVIP      Gulfport MS
WPB 87340  Halibut             NNGH    Marina Del Rey CA
WPB 87341  Bonito              NNGB     Pensacola FL              ALE-NGB
WPB 87342  Shrike              NPBG     Port Canaveral FL
WPB 87343  Tern                 NEOT     San Francisco CA 
WPB 87344  Heron              NEPM     Sabine TX                   ALE-EPM
WPB 87345  Wahoo             NEOB     Port Angeles WA        ALE-EOB
WPB 87346  Flying Fish      NAXN    Boston MA
WPB 87347  Haddock          NAXP    San Diego CA              ALE-AXP
WPB 87348  Brant               NAYS     Corpus Christi TX       ALE-AYS
WPB 87349  Shearwater      NAYT     Portsmouth VA            ALE-AYT
WPB 87350  Petrel               NAYU    San Diego CA              ALE-AYU
WPB 87352  Sea Lion          NSDA    Bellingham WA
WPB 87353  Skipjack          NFOY    Galveston TX               ALE-FOY
WPB 87354  Dolphin           NAYL    Miami FL                     ALE-AYL
WPB 87355  Hawk              NAWH   St. Petersburg FL
WPB 87356  Sailfish           NCNF     Sandy Hook NJ
WPB 87357  Sawfish           NBCU    Key West FL                ALE-BCU
WPB 87358  Swordfish       NMXB    Port Angeles WA
WPB 87359  Tiger Shark                     Newport RI
WPB 87360  Blue Shark                      Everett WA
WPB 87361  Sea Horse      NEMY      Portsmouth VA
WPB 87362  Sea Otter        NJOM      San Diego CA             ALE-JOM
WPB 87363  Manatee         NDHH     Ingleside TX
WPB 87364  Ahi                                 Honolulu HI 
WPB 87365  Pike                                San Francisco CA
WPB 87366  Terrapin         NUOA     Bellingham WA
WPB 87367  Sea Dragon    NNGC     Kings Bay GA        Assigned to MFPU Kings Bay, GA
WPB 87368  Sea Devil       NSDD     Bangor WA
WPB 87369  Crocodile                       St. Petersburg FL
WPB 87370  Diamondback NWGD   Miami FL
WPB 87371  Reef Shark     NTBD     San Juan PR
WPB 87372  Crocodile       NYNA     St. Petersburg FL
WPB 87373  Sea Dog         NOUA     Kings Bay GA       Assigned to MFPU Kings Bay, GA
WPB 87374  Sea Fox                          Bangor WA            Assigned to MFPU Bangor, WA

Healy Class Icebreaker

Length: 420 feet
Speed: Cruise - 17 kts
Displacement: 16,400 tons
Range: 16,000 nautical miles
Propulsion: 4 Diesels
Aircraft: 2 MH-65s
Crew (Accomodations): 75
Built: 1999

The Coast Guard Cutter HEALY (WAGB - 20) is United States' newest and most technologically advanced polar icebreaker. HEALY is designed to conduct a wide range of research activities, providing more than 4,200 square feet of scientific laboratory space, numerous electronic sensor systems, oceanographic winches, and accommodations for up to 50 scientists. HEALY is designed to break 4 ½ feet of ice continuously at three knots and can operate in temperatures as low as -50 degrees F. The science community provided invaluable input on lab lay-outs and science capabilities during design and construction of the ship. At a time when scientific interest in the Arctic Ocean basin is intensifying, HEALY substantially enhances the United States Arctic research capability. As a Coast Guard cutter, HEALY is also a capable platform for supporting other potential missions in the polar regions, including logistics, search and rescue, ship escort, environmental protection, and enforcement of laws and treaties.

Hull             Name           INT. C/S    Homeport Remarks  (ALE Address)

WAGB 20 Healy            NEPP        Seattle WA                   ALE-EPP

Polar Class Icebreaker

Length: 399 feet
Speed: 20 kts
Displacement: 16,400 tons
Range: 28,000 nautical miles
Propulsion: 3 Gas Turbines, 6 Diesels
Aircraft: 2 MH-65s
Crew: 134
Built: 1976
Armament: none

Remarks: These cutters, specifically designed for open-water icebreaking have reinforced hulls, special icebreaking bows, and a system that allows rapid shifting of ballast to increase the effectiveness of their icebreaking. They serve in Arctic/Antarctic serving science and research as well as providing supplies to remote stations. Both Polar Class icebreakers are under the control of Pacific Area, Ice Operations Section.

Hull             Name           INT. C/S    Homeport Remarks

WAGB 10 Polar Star      NBTM       Seattle WA
WAGB 11 Polar Sea       NRUO       Seattle WA  Inactive Commission Seattle

Great Lakes Class Icebreaker

Length: 240 feet
Speed: 15 kts
Displacement: 3,500 tons
Range: 4,000 nautical miles
Propulsion: 3 Diesels, Bow thruster
Aircraft: none
Crew: 50
Built: 2005
Armament: none

Remarks: A new icebreaker to replace the current Mackinaw. A dual icebreaker/buoy tender combination.

Hull             Name           INT. C/S    Homeport Remarks

WLBB 30 Mackinaw     NBGB        Cheboygan MI

Juniper Class Seagoing Buoy Tender

Length: 225 feet
Speed: 15 kts
Displacement: 2,000 tons
Range: 6,000 nautical miles
Propulsion: 2 Diesels
Crew: 40
Built: 1996-2004
Armament: Two .50 cal machine guns

Remarks: These are large, highly capable, multirole ships. There is a 15-ton hydraulic crane forward and there is a built-in oil spill recovery system. 45 day endurance. Capable of operations in 8-foot seas. Freshwater icebreaking capability. The 225' WLB is equipped with a single controllable pitch propeller, bow and stern thrusters which give the cutter the maneuverability it needs to tend buoys offshore and in restricted waters. Some are ALE equipped.

Hull             Name           INT. C/S    Homeport Remarks  (ALE Address)

WLB 201  Juniper  NDBC  Newport, RI  ALE-DBC
WLB 202  Willow  NIIW  Newport, RI  ALE-IIW
WLB 203  Kukui  NKJU  Honolulu, HI    
WLB 204  Elm  NRPK  Atlantic Beach, NC  ALE-RPK
WLB 205  Walnut  NZNE  Honolulu, HI 
WLB 206  Spar  NJAR  Kodiak, AK  
WLB 207  Maple  NWBE  Sitka, AK 
WLB 208  Aspen  NTUG  San Francisco, CA 
WLB 209  Sycamore  NTGG  Cordova, AK 
WLB 210  Cypress  NCPI  Mobile, AL  ALE-CPI
WLB 211  Oak  NAXQ  Charleston, SC  
WLB 212  Hickory  NAZJ  Homer, AK 
WLB 213  Fir  NAYV  Astoria, OR  ALE-AYV
WLB 214  Hollyhock  NHHF  Port Huron, MI  ALE-HHF
WLB 215  Sequoia  NBHF  Apra Harbor, Guam  ALE-BHF
WLB 216  Alder  NGML  Duluth, MI  ALE-GML

Keeper Class Coastal Buoy Tender

Length: 175 feet
Speed: 12 kts
Displacement: 840 tons
Range: 2,000 nautical miles
Propulsion: 2 Diesels, 2 Z-Drives
Crew: 24
Built: 1996-2000

Remarks: Scaled-down version of the Juniper class with a 10 ton hydraulic crane forward; freshwater icebreaking capability, and oil spill recovery system. They are the first Coast Guard cutters equipped with Z-Drive propulsion units instead of the standard propeller and rudder configuration. They are designed to independently rotate 360 degrees. Combined with a thruster in the bow, they give the Keeper -class cutters unmatched maneuverability.

Hull             Name           INT. C/S    Homeport Remarks

WLM 551  Ida Lewis   NISS  Newport, RI 
WLM 552  Katherine Walker  NKFW  Bayonne, NJ 
WLM 553  Abbie Burgess  NVAF  Rockland, ME 
WLM 554  Marcus Hanna  NMGH  South Portland, ME 
WLM 555  James Rankin  NUVD  Baltimore, MD 
WLM 556  Joshua Appleby  NJTH  St. Petersburg, FL  
WLM 557  Frank Drew   NKDL  Portsmouth, VA 
WLM 558  Anthony Petit  NERW  Ketchikan, AK 
WLM 559  Barbara Mabrity  NERA  Mobile, AL    
WLM 560  William Tate  NNIA  Philadelphia, PA 
WLM 561  Harry Claiborne  NNIC  Galveston, TX   
WLM 562  Maria Bray  NTUU  Mayport, FL    
WLM 563  Henry Blake  NTVT  Seattle, WA 
WLM 564  George Cobb  NTVY  San Pedro, CA

100 Foot Inland Buoy Tender

Length: 100 feet
Speed: 10 kts
Displacement: 226 tons
Range: 2,700 nautical miles
Propulsion: 2 Diesels
Crew: 15
Built: 1945, 1964

Hull             Name           INT. C/S    Homeport Remarks 

WLI 313 Bluebell NODD Portland, OR
WLI 642 Buckthorn NADT Sault St. Marie, MI

65 Foot Inland Buoy Tender

Length: 65 feet
Speed: 10 kts
Displacement: 70 tons
Range: 1,300 nautical miles
Propulsion: 2 Diesels
Crew: 8
Built: 1946-1954

Hull             Name           INT. C/S    Homeport Remarks

WLI 65400 NAAR  Bayberry Portsmouth, VA Mothballed 12-6-05
WLI 65401 NAAT  Elderberry Petersburg, AK 

160 Foot Inland Construction Tender

Length: 160 feet
Speed: 11 kts
Displacement: 460 tons
Range: 5,350 nautical miles
Propulsion: 2 Diesels
Crew: 14
Built: 1976-1977

Remarks: Large, modern inland construction tenders. Self-contained ships, not requiring a separate work barge; they have a large crane on a long working deck.

Hull             Name           INT. C/S    Homeport Remarks  (ALE Address)

WLIC 800 Pamlico NAYE New Orleans, LA
WLIC 801 Hudson NCWX Miami, FL  ALE-CWX
WLIC 802 Kennebec NRDJ Portsmouth, VA
WLIC 803 Saginaw NJOY Mobile, AL

100 Foot Inland Construction Tender

Length: 100 feet
Speed: 10 kts
Displacement: 218 tons
Range: 2,700 nautical miles
Propulsion: 2 Diesels
Crew: 14
Built: 1944

Remarks: Smilax pushes a 70' construction barge.

Hull             Name           INT. C/S    Homeport Remarks

WLIC 315   Smilax   NRYN  Atlantic Beach, NC

75 Foot Inland Construction Tender

USCGC Anvil WLIC 75301 Charleston SC (Sep 2013) - Photo by Larry Van Horn N5FPW
Length: 75 feet
Speed: 9 kts
Displacement: 140 tons
Range: 2,500 nautical miles
Propulsion: 2 Diesels
Crew: 13
Built: 1962-1966

Remarks: The 75' WLICs push 68' and 84' construction barges. The barges are equipped with cranes and other ATON equipment to drive piles and work the smaller sized buoys.

Hull             Name           INT. C/S    Homeport Remarks

WLIC 75301   Anvil   NAAG  Charleston, SC 
WLIC 75302   Hammer     Mayport, FL 
WLIC 75303   Sledge   NAAE  Baltimore, MD 
WLIC 75304   Mallet  NJEB  Corpus Christi, TX 
WLIC 75305   Vise  NVGM  St. Petersburg, FL 
WLIC 75306   Clamp  NSDL  Galveston, TX
WLIC 75309   Hatchet  NXLA  Galveston, TX 
WLIC 75310   Axe     Mobile, AL 

65 Foot River Buoy Tender

Length: 65 feet
Speed: 10 kts
Displacement: 146 tons
Range: 3,500 nautical miles
Propulsion: 2 Diesels
Crew: 12
Built: 1960-1962

Remarks: Tug-type tenders for the western rivers; each pushes a buoy barge.

Hull             Name           INT. C/S    Homeport Remarks

WLR 65501  Ouachita   NACE  Chattanooga, TN 
WLR 65502  Cimarron   NACH  Paris Landing, TN 
WLR 65503  Obion   NADE  Owensboro, KY 
WLR 65504  Scioto   NADS  Keokuk, IA 
WLR 65505  Osage   NADC  Sewickley, PA 
WLR 65506  Sangamon  NADR  Peoria, IL

75 Foot River Buoy Tender

Length: 75 feet
Speed: 10 kts
Displacement: 150 tons
Range: 3,100 nautical miles
Propulsion: 2 Diesels
Crew: 19
Built: 1964-1970
Remarks: Tug-type tenders for the western rivers; each pushes a 90 foot barge.

Hull             Name           INT. C/S    Homeport Remarks

WLR 75307  Wedge  NAEQ  Demopolis, AL
WLR 75401  Gasconade  NSAU  Omaha, NE 
WLR 75402  Muskingum NBLF  Sallisaw, OK   
WLR 75403  Wyaconda  NAGA  Dubuque, IA 
WLR 75404  Chippewa  NAGP  Paris Landing, TN 
WLR 75405  Cheyenne  NAGF  St. Louis, MO 
WLR 75406  Kickapoo   NAHN  Vicksburg, MS 
WLR 75407  Kanawha   NAKP  Pine Bluff, AR 
WLR 75408  Patoka   NAKC  Greenville, MS 
WLR 75409  Chena   NAMM  Hickman, KY 

Kankakee Class 75 Foot River Buoy Tender

Length: 75 feet
Speed: 12 kts
Displacement: 172 tons
Range: 3,100 nautical miles
Propulsion: 2 Diesels
Crew: 19
Built: 1990

Remarks: New tug-type tenders. Push 130 foot buoy barges.

Hull             Name           INT. C/S    Homeport Remarks

WLR 75500 Kankakee  NAMR   Memphis, TN 
WLR 75501 Greenbrier  NAOA  Natchez, MS

49 Foot Stern Loading Buoy Boat

Length: 49 feet
Speed: 10 kts
Displacement: 36 tons
Range: 300 miles
Propulsion: 2 Diesels
Endurance: 4 days
Crew: 4
Built: 1997-2002

Remarks: The BUSL fleet was constructed at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, MD. They are designed to provide a stable, versatile platform capable of operating in ocean harbors, major lakes, or navigable rivers, and can recover short range aids to navigation items. Their A-frame crane is rated at 4,500 lbs.

Hull             Homeport         Remarks

BUSL 49401 ANT Bristol      
BUSL 49402 ANT Sledge/Baltimore
BUSL 49403 ANT Woods Hole
BUSL 49404 ANT Saugerties
BUSL 49405 ANT New York
BUSL 49406 ANT Moriches
BUSL 49407 ANT Cape May
BUSL 49408 ANT Charleston
BUSL 49409 ANT New York
BUSL 49410 ANT Long Island Sound
BUSL 49411 ANT Long Island Sound
BUSL 49412 ANT Grand Haven
BUSL 49413 ANT Buffalo
BUSL 49414 STA Burlington
BUSL 49415 ANT Panama City
BUSL 49416 ANT Jacksonville
BUSL 49417 ANT Boston
BUSL 49418 ANT Boston
BUSL 49419 ANT South Portland
BUSL 49420 ANT South Portland
BUSL 49421 ANT Southwest Harbor
BUSL 49422 ANT Saginaw River
BUSL 49423 ANT Duluth
BUSL 49424 ANT Detroit
BUSL 49425 ANT Crisfield
BUSL 49426 ANT Corpus Christi
BUSL 49427 ANT Bristol
BUSL 49428 ANT Baltimore

55 Foot Aid-to-Navigation Boat

Length: 55 feet
Speed: 21.5 kts
Displacement: 34 tons
Range: 175 miles
Propulsion: 2 Diesels
Endurance: 4-5 days
Crew: 4
Built: 1977-1988

Remarks: The 55-foot boats service small buoys and service fixed structures. They have a lifting capacity of 2,000/3,000 lbs and a cargo capacity of 8,000 lbs. The boats are designed for live-aboard and have small repair shops for repairing ATONS while underway.

Hull             Homeport         Remarks

ANB 55101  
ANB 55102
ANB 55103 Galveston, TX
ANB 55104
ANB 55105
ANB 55106
ANB 55107 ANT Seattle, WA
ANB 55108 ANT New Orleans, LA
ANB 55109 ANT Fort Macon, NC
ANB 55110 Sabine Pass, TX
ANB 55111
ANB 55112
ANB 55113
ANB 55114
ANB 55115 ANT Philadelphia, PA
ANB 55116
ANB 55117
ANB 55118
ANB 55119
ANB 55120
ANB 55121 ANT Baltimore, MD
ANB 55122

Bay Class Icebreaking Tug

Length: 140 feet
Speed: 14 kts
Displacement: 690 tons
Range: 1,500 nautical miles
Propulsion: 2 Diesels
Aircraft: none
Crew: 17
Built: 1979-1988
Armament: 2 machine guns

Remarks: The 140-foot Bay-class Cutters are state of the art icebreakers used primarily for domestic ice breaking duties. They are named after American Bays and are stationed mainly in Northeast U.S. and Great Lakes.

WTGBs use a low-pressure-air hull lubrication or bubbler system that forces air and water between the hull and ice. This system improves icebreaking capabilities by reducing resistance against the hull, reducing horsepower requirements. ALE equipped.

Hull             Name           INT. C/S    Homeport Remarks  (ALE Address)

WTGB 101 Katamai Bay NRLX Sault St. Marie, MI  ALE-RLX
WTGB 102 Bristol Bay NRLY Detroit, MI
WTGB 103 Mobile Bay NRUR Sturgeon Bay, WI
WTGB 104 Biscayne Bay NRUS St. Ignace, MI  ALE-RUS
WTGB 105 Neah Bay NRUU Cleveland, MI
WTGB 106 Morro Bay NMHK New London, CT
WTGB 107 Penobscot Bay NIGY Bayonne, NJ  ALE-IGY
WTGB 108 Thunder Bay NNTB Rockland, ME
WTGB 109 Sturegon Bay NSXB Bayonne, NJ

65 Foot Harbor Tugs

Length: 65 feet
Speed: 10 kts
Displacement: 72 tons
Range: 2,700 nautical miles
Propulsion: 1 Diesel
Crew: 6
Built: 1961-1967

Remarks: They are employed only on the east coast, from Maine to Virginia.

Hull             Name           INT. C/S    Homeport Remarks

WYTL 65601  Capstan  NAQB  Philadelphia, PA
WYTL 65602  Chock   NASB  Curtis Bay, MD
WYTL 65604  Tackle   NASM  Rockland, ME
WYTL 65607  Bridle   NATC  Southwest Harbor, ME 
WYTL 65608  Pendant  NATN  Boston, MA 
WYTL 65609  Shackle   NAYP  South Portland, ME 
WYTL 65610  Hawser   NAYC  Bayonne, NJ 
WYTL 65611  Line   NAOF  Bayonne, NJ 
WYTL 65612  Wire   NDSB  Saugerties, NY 
WYTL 65614  Bollard  NNGP  New Haven, CT 
WYTL 65615  Cleat   NDLA  Philadelphia, PA

Eagle Training Barque

Length: 295 feet
Speed: 10-18 kts
Displacement: 1,816 tons
Range: 5,450 nautical miles
Propulsion: 1 Diesel
Crew: 50 + 150
Built: 1936
Remarks: Coast Guard Academy training ship

Hull             Name           INT. C/S    Homeport Remarks

WIX 327 Eagle NRCB New London, CT

Long Range Interceptor II

Length: 35 feet
Speed: 38 kts
Range: 220 NM
Planned Quantity: 10

The new 35-feet Long Ranger Interceptor (LRI) are being introduced for cutters.

Over the Horizon - IV

Length: 26 feet
Speed: 40 kts
Range: 200 NM
Planned Quantity: 101

The OTH-IV boat provides the capability to deploy armed boarding teams within 20 miles of the parent cutter at speeds of 40 knots.

47-foot Motor Lifeboat

Length: 47 feet
Remarks: The 47' motor lifeboat is designed as a first response rescue resource in high seas, surf & heavy weather environments. They are built to withstand the most severe conditions at sea and are capable of effecting a rescue at sea even under the most difficult circumstances. They are self-bailing, self-righting, almost unsinkable, and have a long cruising radius for their size. If overturned, the vessel will return to an upright position in 30 seconds or less. It is the replacement for the aging 44' MLB fleet.

The total, to be delivered over 5 years, will be 200.

45-foot Response Boat-Medium

USCG 45709 Charleston SC (Sep 2013)  - Photo by Larry Van Horn N5FPW
Length: 45 feet
Speed: 42.5 kts
Range: 250 NM
Remarks: Replaced the 41-foot boats in service. Built by Marinette Marine.

Hull      Homeport Remarks
45601 Little Creek, VA
45602 Port Angeles, WA
45603 Key West, FL
45604 Milwaukee, WI
45605 New York, NY
45606 Port Aransas, TX
45607 Boat Forces Center, VA
45608 Boston, MA
45609 San Juan, PR
45610 New York, NY
45611 Port Aransas, TX
45612 New York, NY
45613 Maui, HI
45614 New York, NY
45615 Little Creek, VA
45616 New York, NY
45617 Port Canaveral, FL
45618 Galveston, TX
45619 Honolulu, HI
45620 Castle Hill, RI
45621 Panama City, FL
45622 New York, NY
45623 St. Petersburg, FL
45624 Cleveland Harbor, OH
45625 Lake Worth Inlet, FL
45626 Belle Isle, MI
45627 Honolulu, HI
45628 Duluth, MN
45629 Castle Hill, RI
45630 Galveston, TX
45631 Fort Lauderdale, FL
45632 Belle Isle
45633 Panama City, FL
45634 Fort Pierce, FL
45625 Calumet Harbor, FL
45636 New Orleans, LA
45637 New London, CT
45638 Miami Beach, FL
45639 Fort Lauderdale, FL
45640 Annapolis, MD
45641 Curtis Bay, MD
45642 New Orleans, LA
45643 Los Angeles/Long Beach, CA
45644 Mayport, FL
45645 Seattle, WA
45646 Cortez, FL
45647 Sabine, TX
45648 Miami Bech, FL
45649 New London, CT
45650 New London, CT
45651 Los Angeles/Long Beach, CA
45651 Los Angeles/Long Beach, CA
45652 Los Angeles/Long Beach, CA
45653 Bayfield, WI
45654 Mayport, FL
45655 Marquette, MI
45656 Eastport, ME
45657 Sault Ste. Marie, MI
45658 Seattle, WA
45658 Seattle, WA
45659 Boston, MA
45660 Seattle, WA
45661 Curtis Bay, MD
45662 Juneau, AK
45663 Sabine, TX
45664 Valdez, AK
45665 Cape May, NJ
45666 New Haven, CT
45667 San Francisco, CA
45668 Sturgeon Bay, WI
45669 Wachapreague, VA
45670 Sand Key, FL
45671 Juneau, AK
45672 Washington Island, MI
45673 Pensacola, FL
45674 Grand Isle, LA
45675 Cape Cod, MA
45676 Freeport, ME
45677 Cape May, NJ
45678 New Haven, CT
45679 Pascagoula, MS
45680 San Francisco, CA
45681 Sand Key, FL
45682 San Diego, CA
45683 Gulfport, MS
45683 Gulfport, MS
45684 Dauphin Island, AL
45685 Pensacola, FL
45686 Apra Harbor, Guam
45687 Grand Isle, LA
45687 Grand Isle, LA
45688 Bellingham, WA
45689 Freeport, TX
45690 Buffalo, NY
45691 Valdez, AK
45692 TRACEN Yorktown, VA
45693 TRACEN Yorktown, VA
45694 TRACEN Yorktown, VA
45695 San Diego, CA
45696 Emerald Isle, NC
45697 Pascagoula, MS
45698 Toledo, OH
45699 Cape Charles, VA
45700 St. Ignace, MI
45701 Michigan City, IN
45702 Apra Harbor, Guam
45703 Saginaw River, MI
45704 Dauphin Island, AL
45705 Gulfport, MS
45706 Eatons Neck, NY
45707 Venice, LA
45708 Bellingham, WA
45709 Charleston, SC
45710 Vallejo, CA
45711 Port O'Connor, TX
45712 Portsmouth, VA
45713 St. Inigoes, MD
45714 Marathon, FL
45715 Ponce DeLeon Inlet. FL
45716 Venice, LA
45717 Woods Hole, MA
45718 Destin, FL
45719 Maui, HI
45720 Point Judith, RI
45721 Charlevoix, MI
45722 Georgetown, SC
45723 Niagara, NY
45724 Islamorada, FL
45725 Sheboygan, WI
45726 Wrightsville Beach, NC
45727 Lorain, OH
45728 Woods Hole, MA
45729 Fort Myers Beach, FL
45730 Kenosha, WI
45731 Point Judith, RI
45732 Port Huron, MI
45733 Eatons Neck, NY
45734 Marblehead, OH
45735 Two Rivers, WI
45736 Muskegon, MI
45737 Fairport, OH
45738 Tybee Island, GA
45739 Channel Islands Harbor, CA
45740 Fort Myers Beach, FL
45741 Brunswick, GA
45742 Crisfield, MD
45743 Charleston, SC
45744 Hobucken, NC
45745 Milford Haven, VA
45746 Wrightsville Beach, NC
45747 Los Angeles/Long Beach, CA
45748 South Padre Island, TX
45749 Port Angeles, WA
45750 Port Aransas, TX
45751 San Juan, PR
45752 Milwaukee, WA
45753 Honolulu, HI
45754 St. Joseph, MI
45755 Manistee, MI
45756 Marblehead, OH
45757 Erie, PA
45758 Oswego, NY
45759 Tawas, MI
45760 Galveston, TX
45761 Key West, FL
45762 Kauai, HI
45763 Erie, PA
45764 Ketchikan, AK
45765 Portsmouth, VA
45766 Cape Cod Canal, MA
45767 Ketchikan, AK
45768 Kauai, HI
45769 St. Inigoes, MD
45770 San Francisco, CA
45771 Destin, FL
45772 Charleston, SC
45773 New Orleans, LA
45774 Charleston, SC

44-foot Response Boat-Medium

Length: 44 feet
Engines: Dual inboard jets
Remarks: ArchAngel model SAFE Boat.

Hull Homeport Remarks
44301 Chatham, MA

42-foot Response Boat-Medium

Length: 42 feet
Engines: Dual inboard jets
Remarks: ArchAngel model SAFE Boat.

Hull Homeport Remarks
42001 Chatham, MA
42002 Chatham, MA
41-foot Utility Boat

Length: 41 feet, Beam: 13' 5", Draft: 4' 1"
Max HP: 680 HP @ 2600 RPM

The 41' Utility Boat - Big (UTB) is still considered by most to be the Coast Guard's general workhorse at multi-mission units. They've been in use throughout the Coast Guard since the early '70s, and were designed to operate under moderate weather and sea conditions where speed and maneuverability make them ideal platforms for a variety of missions. The operational limitations allow maximum seas of 8-feet and 30-knots maximum winds.

There are presently 172 operational boats.
41304  Atlantic City, NJ
41320  Boston, MA
41330  Curtis Bay, MD
41359  Curtis Bay, MD
41361  Charleston, SC
41372  Charleston, SC
41395  Castle Hill, RI
41398  Point Allerton (Hull), MA
41428  Tybee Island, GA
41452  Curtis Bay, MD
41453  Curtis Bay, MD
41454  Curtis Bay, MD
41492  Point Allerton (Hull), MA

33-foot Full Cabin SAFE Response Boat

Engines: Three outboards

Hull Homeport Remarks
33107 South Padre Island, TX
33109 Miami, FL
33118 San Diego, CA

27-foot Full Cabin SAFE Boat

Engines: Two outboards

Defender Class Response Boat-Small

Length: 25 feet
Engines: Two 225 HP Four-stroke Gas Honda engines
Max Speed: 45+ knot
Cruising range of 50NM at 35 knots
Minimum crew of 2
Max seas of 6 ft
Survivable in up to 10 ft seas
Armament: Small Arms

Remarks: Developed in a direct response to the need for additional Homeland Security assets in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks, the Defender Class boats were procured under an emergency acquisition authority. With a contract for up to 700 standard response boats, the Defender Class acquisition is one of the largest boat buys of its type in the world. The 100 boat Defender A Class (RB-HS) fleet began arriving at units in May 2002 and continued through August 2003. After several configuration changes, most notably a longer cabin and shock mitigating rear seats, the Defender B Class (RB-S) boats were born. This fleet was first delivered to the field in Oct 2003, and there are currently 357 RB-S boats in operation.

The 457 Defender Class boats currently in operation are assigned to the Coast Guards Maritime Safety and Security Teams (MSST), Maritime Security Response Team (MSRT), Marine Safety Units (MSU), and Small Boat Stations throughout the Coast Guard. With an overall length of 25 feet, two 225 horsepower outboard engines, unique turning radius, and gun mounts boat forward and aft, the Defender Class boats are the ultimate waterborne assets for conducting fast and high speed maneuvering tactics in a small deployable package. This is evidenced in the fact that several Defender Class boats are already in operation by other Homeland Security Department agencies as well as foreign military services for their homeland security missions.

Response Boat-Small II

Length: 28 feet
Max Speed: 45+ knot
Cruising range of 150NM at 35 knots
Minimum crew of 2
Armament: Small Arms

The RB-S II, designed with an increased emphasis on function and crew comfort, will gradually replace the Defender-class RB-S as the older assets reach the end of their service life.

The Coast Guard awarded a delivery order valued at approximately $13 million Sept. 26, 2011 to Metal Shark Aluminum Boats for the production of 38 RB-S II. The contract allows for the procurement of up to 500 boats. Up to 470 boats will be delivered to shore units throughout the Coast Guard to perform port and waterway security, search and rescue, drug and migrant interdiction, environmental and other law enforcement missions. Up to 20 boats may be ordered by Customs and Border Protection and up to ten by the U.S. Navy.

Another contract awarded in September 2013 brings orders up to 99 boats.

23-foot Center Console Response Boat-Small

23 foot center console SAFE Boat.

Remarks: With a low center of gravity and very little windage the center consoles allow for a wide verity of missions to be easily completed.

23-foot T-top Response Boat-Small

23 foot SAFE Boat.

Guardian Class Transportable Port Security Boats

Length: 24-foot 7-inches
Beam: 8-feet
Draft: 39-inches
Engines: Twin outboards

NOTE: USCG Cutters assigned to inland waterways are not assigned international callsigns. Cutters that have international callsigns assigned double as ALE addresses for cutters equipped with ALE.

Maritime Safety and Security Teams (MSST) & Maritime Security Response Team (MSRT)

MSSTs were created under the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) 2002, in direct response to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and are a part of the Department of Homeland Security's layered strategy directed at protecting our seaports and waterways. MSSTs Provide waterborne and a modest level of shoreside antiterrorism force protection for strategic shipping, high interest vessels and critical infrastructure. MSSTs are a quick response force capable of rapid, nationwide deployment via air, ground or sea transportation in response to changing threat conditions and evolving Maritime Homeland Security (MHS) mission requirements. Multi-mission capability facilitates augmentation for other selected Coast Guard missions.

MSST personnel receive training in Advanced Tactical Boat Operations and Anti-terrorism/ Force protection at the Special Missions Training Center located at Camp Lejeune , N.C.

Modeled after the Port Security Unit (PSU) and Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) programs, MSSTs provide a complementary non-redundant capability designed to close critical security gaps in our nations strategic seaports. MSSTs are staffed to support continuous law enforcement operations both ashore and afloat. In addition, MSSTs:

Jointly staffed to maximize effectiveness executing Port, Waterways, and Coastal Security (PWCS) operations (enforce security zones, port state control boardings, protection of military outloads and major marine events, augment shoreside security at waterfront facilities, detect WMD weapons/agents, and participate in port level antiterrorism exercises).

Provide enhanced port safety and security and law enforcement capabilities to the economic or military significant port where they are based.

Deploy in support of National Special Security Events (NSSEs) requiring Coast Guard presence, such as OpSail, Olympics, Republican & Democratic National Conventions, major disasters or storm recovery operations.

Prototype/employ specialized capabilities to enhance mission performance (K-9 program, radiation detectors, dive program, vertical insertion, running gear entangling systems, less –than-lethal weapons, etc).

Deploy on board cutters and other naval vessels for port safety and security, drug law enforcement, migrant interdiction or other maritime homeland security mission requirements.

Support Naval Coastal Warfare requirements during Homeland Defense (HLD) and in accordance with long standing agreements with DOD and the Combatant Commanders (protect strategic shipping, major naval combatants and critical infrastructure at home and abroad)

Maritime interdiction and law enforcement
Anti-terrorism/Force Protection
CBRN-E Detection
Vertical Insertion (commonly referred to as Fast Roping)
Search and Rescue (limited)
Port Protection/Anti-sabotage
Underwater Port Security
Canine Handling Teams (Explosives Detection)
Tactical Boat Operations NCW boat tactics
Non Permissive Compliant Boarding capability

MSST 91101 -- Seattle (Established 2002)
MSST 91102 -- Chesapeake, Va. (Established 2002). Renamed a MSRT in 2006
MSST 91103 -- Los Angeles/Long Beach (Established 2002)
MSST 91104 -- Houston/Galveston (Established 2002)
MSST 91105 -- San Francisco (Established 2003)
MSST 91106 -- Ft. Wadsworth, NY (Established 2003)
MSST 91107 -- Honolulu, HI (Established 2005)
MSST 91108 -- St. Marys, Ga. (Established 2003)
MSST 91109 -- San Diego, CA (Established 2005)
MSST 91110 -- Boston, MA (Established 2003)
MSST 91111 -- Anchorage (Established 2004)
MSST 91112 -- New Orleans (Established 2004)
MSST 91114 -- Miami, FL (Established 2005)

Personnel & Equipment

Each MSST has 75 active duty personnel. Each team has six SAFE boats, three physical security teams, and two canine teams.

A MSRT is an enhanced MSST with pretty much double the capabilities of a MSST.

Port Security Units

Coast Guard Port Security Units (PSUs) are Coast Guard units staffed primarily with selected reservists. They provide waterborne and limited land-based protection for shipping and critical port facilities both INCONUS and in theater.

PSUs can deploy within 24 hours and establish operations within 96 hours after initial call-up. Each PSU has transportable boats equipped with dual outboard motors, and support equipment to ensure mobility and sustainability for up to 30 days. Every PSU is staffed by a combination of reserve and active duty personnel. PSUs require specialized training not available elsewhere in the Coast Guard. Coast Guard Reservists assigned to Port Security Units must complete a 2 week Basic Skills Course at the PSU Training Detachment in Camp LeJeune, NC.

In addition to their most recent support of homeland security operations around the country, PSUs were deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm in 1990. They also served in Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy in 1994. In December 2000, PSU 309 from Port Clinton, OH was deployed to the Middle East to provide vital force protection for the Navy assets following the attack on the USS Cole.

PSU 301 Cape Cod Canal
PSU 305 Fort Eustis, VA
PSU 307 St. Petersburg, FL
PSU 308 Gulfport, MS
PSU 309 Port Clinton, Ohio
PSU 311 Long Beach, CA
PSU 312 Alameda, CA
PSU 313 Tacoma, WA

Maritime Force Protection Units

MFPUs provide enhanced security for U.S. Navy ballistic missile submarines within the units' homeport transit areas. These submarines generally operate on the surface with other vessel traffic when entering or departing ship channels leading to their homeport, and the MFPU will provide additional security measures while operating under these conditions.

MFPUs are single mission units that have broad law enforcement authority, including the authority to establish, patrol, and enforce exclusionary zones, naval vessel protective zones, restricted navigation areas, and security zones supporting naval operations.

MFPU Kings Bay, GA
MFPU Bangor, WA

MFPUs consist of an 87 foot cutter, small boats, and about 200 personnel.

National Strike Force

The National Strike Force’s (NSF) mission is to provide highly trained, experienced personnel and specialized equipment to Coast Guard and other federal agencies to facilitate preparedness and response to oil and hazardous substance pollution incidents in order to protect public health and the environment. The NSF’s area of responsibility covers all Coast Guard Districts and
Federal Response Regions.

The National Strike Force totals over 200 active duty, civilian, reserve, and auxiliary personnel and includes the National Strike Force Coordination Center (NSFCC); the Atlantic Strike Team; the Gulf Strike Team; the Pacific Strike Team; and the Public Information Assist Team (PIAT) located at the NSFCC.

The Transportable Communications Center (TCC) is a deployable communications command center. The TCC supports a wide scope of missions including law enforcement, search and rescue, and contingency communications to those area affected by natural disaster or other phenomena.

The TCC is equipped with: Three HF transceivers capable of 125-400 watts; Two VHF-FM Marine transceivers; Two UHF transceivers and five programmable police band transceivers in the 400-800 MHz range. The TCC is equipped with a LST-5D providing a dual port dama circuit over which one sat voice and one sat data circuit operate.

The TCC is equipped with a KWR-46 and a EPSBRT receiver/demultiplexer enabling operators to monitor the HMCG broadcast and receive Over The Air Receipts of keymat when deployed. The TCC is also equipped with phone patch capability in both clear and encrypted modes.

Lastly, operators may monitor the marine weather fax via the TCC's weather fax receiver.

There are 3 free standing HF antennas and 2 police and fire band antennas. The crew consists of a TCC Leading Petty Officer and 3-5 crew members. The TCC is deployable by ground or HC-130.

When the TCC is jointly deployed with the National Strike Force Mobile Incident CP the combined unit is known as the Mobile Incident Command Center.


A team consisting of an OSC, OS1, IT1, MK1 & two ET2’s that deploy w/mobile communications trailers or Transportable Communications Centrals (TCC’s).

There are two TCC’s: TMACC & TMMIC – BOTH are LANTAREA assets maintained and operated by the Contingency Comms Team based out of CAMSLANT located in southern Chesapeake VA close to the VA/NC border.

TMACC = Transportable Multi-Agency Communications Central
TMMIC = Transportable Multi-Mission Communications Central

The TMACC & TMMIC provide comms support when temporary communications facilities are required. They deploy on short notice in support of but not limited to: Natural Disasters (Hurricane relief, etc), Homeland Security OPS, SAR, law enforcement, & COTP OPS.

The Contingency Team remains in B-6 status 24x7/365 for mission readiness. The TCC’s are coupled with rugged F-750 tow vehicles and are also C-130 deployable to ensure rapid deployment in response to a variety of mission demands.

What is the Contingency Comms Team?

Commissioned in 1992, TMACC was developed to support joint and multi-agency operations. The TMACC is the larger of the two TCC’s. The TMACC is equipped with a broad range of communication and command and control systems that allow for interoperability between Coast Guard, DOD, Customs, DEA, local and state authorities. (Can accommodate 2-3 personnel comfortably, normally manned by 2 personnel.)

Commissioned in 1995, TMMIC was primarily developed to support Coast Guard missions, but can also work with other agencies. TMMIC is the smaller of the two TCC’s. (Can accommodate 1 person comfortably, normally manned by 1 person. 2 person max.)

Both units provide capabilities to operate and monitor all Coast Guard frequencies; clear, protected, and secure.

Both units provide multiple record messaging circuits.

Both units can provide Internet, Intranet and limited SIPRNET Access. (dial-up)
TMACC has some additional communication and system capabilities (i.e., ICE Imagery, Officer in Tactical Command Information Exchange Subsystem (OTCIXS), and Customs Over The Horizon Enforcement Net (COTHEN).

Both units can provide interoperability with other Federal, State, and Local frequencies.

Both units provide capabilities to operate and monitor all Coast Guard frequencies; clear, protected, and secure.

Circuit/Capability - Equipment - Classification - Purpose
VHF/FM 138-174 MHz - Voice - Range: 0 to 50 miles - Motorola Spectra Radio - 3 shared with VHF/AM - Clear/DES

Standard Coast Guard VHF radio capable of protected communications up to SBU (e.g., Channel 16, 22A, 23, 83, LANT LE.).

VHF/AM 115-152 MHz - Voice - Range: 0 to 50 miles - Motorola Spectra Radio - 3 shared with VHF/FM - Clear/DES

Standard Coast Guard VHF-AM aircraft radio (air-to-ground) capable of protected communications up to SBU. CAMSLANT Contingency personnel will program these radios with frequencies provided by the requesting unit.

UHF/FM 403-512 MHz - Voice - Range: Ground – 15 to 100 miles; Aircraft 15 to 300+ miles - Motorola Spectra Radio - 2 ea - Clear/DES

Standard Coast Guard aircraft radio capable of protected communications.

HF 1.6-30 MHz SSB - Primary Voice - Range: 0 to 400+ miles - Micom-2R Transceiver - 1 ea - Clear/Secure

Standard Coast Guard HF radio capable of secure communications up to Secret. Can be used for HF messaging or any other High Frequency requirement.

MILSATCOM - DAMA Capable - LST-5D - 1 ea - Secure

Coast Guard’s primary satellite voice system installed on cutters 110’s and above. Circuits include HLS Net, JIATF Surface Net, and JIATF Air Net. Load up to two channels – can only monitor one at a time.

Satellite Telephone - Portable Iridium Phone - 1 ea - Clear/Secure

Capable of communications up to Secret. Can be used separately as a hand-held radio or as a stand-alone system in the TCC. External antenna system is available. Useful when phone lines are not available.

Commercial Satellite Voice & Data - INMARSAT Mini-M - 1 ea - Clear/Secure

Primarily used for voice. May be used for data but is very slow (2.4kbps).

Secure Voice Telephone - STE Phone - 1 ea - Secure

Capable of voice, data up to classification of SECRET. Dedicated landline desired but may be used in conjunction w/Mini-M.

UHF/FM-AM 225-400 MHz – Voice - Range: Ground – 15 to 100 miles; Aircraft 15 to 300+ miles - URC-200/500 - 1 ea -


Standard Coast Guard Aircraft radio.

UHF/AM 800 MHz - Public Safety Band - Range: 0 to 100 miles - Motorola Spectra - 1 ea - Clear

Interoperable radio capable of communications with the local Police, Fire Departments, and various other Law Enforcement agencies.

Must be programmed onsite to allow for interoperability.

Cross-band patching - ACU-1000 coupled w/ Motorola Spectra - 1 ea - Clear/DES

Enables different radios/frequencies to be patched together. Used to establish interoperable radio communications with local Police Departments, Fire Departments, and other Law Enforcement agencies.

HF 1.6-30 MHz - High Frequency Data Exchange (HFDX) - Range: 0 to 400+ miles - MICOM-2R Transceiver - 1 ea - Secure

For sending/receiving both classified and unclassified message traffic via the HFDX messaging system. Same system used on the cutter fleet (e.g., 210’s/110’s.)

Satellite Data Exchange (SDX) - Mini-M Satellite Telephone - 1 ea - Secure

Dial up system for sending/receiving both classified and unclassified message traffic (210’s & PATFORSWA).

Fleet Satellite Broadcast - KWR-46 - 1 ea - Secure

Receive only message traffic through Navy broadcast circuit up to Top Secret and capable of receiving Over-The-Air-Transfer (OTAT) of cryptographic material.

Internet and CGDN+ - TACHYON Satellite - 1 ea - Clear

Provides unclassified Internet/Intranet connectivity comparable to cable modem. Currently supports one terminal.

SIPRNET/SIPRNET Chat - Secure Messaging Workstation (SMW) - 1 ea - Secure

Dial up through CAMS Modem bank. Extremely limited at 33.3kbps. Primarily used for sending and receiving classified and unclassified record message traffic. Allows SIPRNET connection via classified laptop computer.

ICE Imagery - Requires use of MILSATCOM - 1 ea - Secure

Provides chat feature and ability to transfer pictures from CASPER equipped C-130s. Uses MILSATCOM CASPER Net. Streaming video is not available due to limited bandwidth.

OTCIXS - Requires use of MILSATCOM - 1 ea - Secure

Officer in Tactical Command Information Exchange Subsystem: allows for the transfer of messages, chat, vessel movements with chart displays and areas.

Customs Over The Horizon Enforcement Net (COTHEN) - 1 ea - Clear/Secure

High Frequency Automatic Link Establishment (HF/ALE) Network used by CG & Customs aircraft. Primarily used for air guards w/ CAMSLANT for C-130’s, Jay-hawk, Falcons, and C-130’s

Each unit is provided with a GPS receiver to establish position and assist with satellite antenna alignment and a digital voice logger capable of recording both data and voice circuits.

Each unit may be deployed with a Deployable Rapid Assembly Shelter (DRASH) that is capable of acting as a command and control center for a small staff. Also included with the DRASH tents, are portable air conditioning units that are available upon request.

Please note that the TMACC and TMMIC are self-supporting through the use of two diesel generators that provide power to all onboard systems (including air conditioning) in the event that shore power is not available on site. Within the trailers, the TMACC can comfortably accommodate two watch standers and one individual typically mans the TMMIC during operations.

Enhanced Mobile Incident Command Posts (eMICP)

The enhanced Mobile Incident Command Post (eMICP) is a trailer outfitted with temporary office and conference room facilities. The eMICP can be deployed alone or interfaced with the MCV to augment organic C4&IT capabilities. The eMICP provides a platform to conduct Coast Guard Command and Control, act as an incident command post, and support staff working an event. The eMICP is a conference room on wheels with a built in communications package to equip the conference room with Type I classified and Type III SBU (sensitive but unclassified) voice and data. The eMICP provides various communications systems along with twelve (12) work stations and a conference room table.

A tractor and a commercially licensed driver-team will tow the eMICP to any Continental United States (CONUS) location.

The first eMICP was delivered in November 2007.

Mobile Communications Vehicles (MCV)

The Mobile Communications Vehicle (MCV) can be deployed independently to provide robust communications to an established command center, or to an ad hoc environment such as a hotel room. It is designed to interface with a command center or eMICP to enhance classified and unclassified voice, and radio (HF, UHF, VHF) communications as well as provide voice and data interoperability with Coast Guard units, state, local, and federal interagency partners. The vehicle was designed to be C130J transportable to both CONUS and Outside the Continental United States (OCONUS) locations.

Portable Computer Store (PCS)

The Portable Computer Store (PCS) is a contingency cache of six kits totaling 30 Standard Workstation III (SWIII) laptops and six routers which can be used to augment resources at a unit for surge operations, or establish a limited Local Area Network (LAN) in a temporary command and control facility. As a deployable kit, each PCS provides the critical equipment necessary for users to access vital business and operational tools. Each PCS kit contains a 16-port Voice Protocol Network capable router, five SWIII laptop computers, and necessary power supplies. Users may directly connect the laptops to existing Coast Guard Data Network plus (CGDN+) connections in Coast Guard facilities, or access CGDN+ through the internet using remote access services. The router enables up to 15 machines to share a single data connection for access to the Internet or CGDN+. Each user must have a remote access token to facilitate CGDN+ access when not directly connected to a CGDN+.

Portable SIPRNet (PS)

The Portable SIPRNet (PS) provides secure communications up to the level of SECRET. The portable SIPRNet asset consists of standard approved image laptops, a satellite terminal and network equipment necessary to provide connections to SIPRNet at remote locations. It is housed in flyaway cases that can be transported by two personnel as carry on baggage on commercial aircraft. PS can be deployed independently or as a module that plugs into the eMICP and MCV.

Telecommunications & Information Systems Command (TISCOM)

TISCOM is a part of the C4IT Service Center and serves as the Coast Guard's Center of Excellence (COE) for enterprise information technology infrastructure. As such TISCOM develops, deploys, secures and supports the Coast Guard's IT Infrastructure for both the SBU and SECRET enterprises. Solutions are divided into three areas:
1) Enterprise Networks (including: CGOne (including R21), SIPRNET, Local Area Networks, Cutter connectivity).
2) Information Systems. Enterprise Servers/Services (including: Domain Controllers, Exchange, DHCP, SMS/WSUS, Goodlink) End User devices (including: standard workstation, smart phones, and laptops)
3) Organizational Messaging

Operations Systems Center

The Operations Systems Center (OSC) is a government-owned, contractor-operated unit with the primary function of providing full life-cycle support for operationally-focused Coast Guard Automated Information Systems. These systems support the Coast Guard’s five strategic missions: Protection of Natural Resources, National Defense, Maritime Safety, Mobility, and Security.

At the OSC’s establishment in 1991, 45 full-time staff members supported five mission-critical information systems. Today, there are over 340 full-time staff members operating, maintaining, developing, and/or providing user support for over 35 enterprise-wide information systems. Team OSC, comprised of Active Duty Military, Federal Civilian, Contractors, and Reservists, provides technical support to Coast Guard Program Managers concerning these systems, to ensure proper system operation, analyze needs, and recommend configuration changes.

Rescue 21 Program

Source: Coast Guard Fact Sheet

The U.S. Coast Guard is replacing its outdated communications system in a project titled Rescue 21.

The Coast Guard’s current backbone communications network is the National Distress and Response System (NDRS). Established more than 30 years ago, this VHF-FM-based radio communication system has a range of up to 20 nautical miles along most of the U.S. shoreline.

While this system has served the Coast Guard well over the years, it consists of out-of-date and non-standard equipment with many limitations. These include: 
  •  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.
To address the limitations of the current communications system, the Coast Guard has implemented Rescue 21.

Rescue 21 will replace a wide range of aging, obsolete VHF-FM radio communications equipment and will revolutionize how the Coast Guard communicates and carries out its various missions. The system offers:
  • 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.
By replacing outdated technology with a fully integrated communications system that bridges interoperability gaps, Rescue 21 boosts the ability to protect boaters and the nation’s coasts. Saving lives and providing homeland security are both vital missions in the 21st century.

Coast Guard Funding & Budgets

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.

Cuts include:
Decommission one WHEC cutter
Decommission four 110-foot patrol boats

FY 16 Budget Request
FY2016 budget requests $9.96 billion with $1.02 billion for acquisition. Cuts include:
  • 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.
 FY 15 Budget Request

FY2015 requests $9.79 billion overall with $803 million for acquisition. Cuts include:
  • 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
Acquisitions include:
  • $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

The Senate appropriation bill restores funding for 2 HC-130H aircraft and one High Endurance cutter.

It provides $10 million for RB-Medium boats, $632 million for NSC program and $310 million for 6 FRC cutters. It allows retirement of two 110 foot patrol boats. $1.2 billion is earmarked for acquisition.

The House version restored funding for air facilities in Charleston, SC and Newport, OR.

FY 14 Budget Request

FY2014 requests $9.79 billion overall with $909 million for acquisition. Cuts include:

  • 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

FY 12 Budget Request

FY2012 requests $10.3 billion overall with $1.4 billion for acquisition. Cuts include:

  • 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
FY 11 Budget Request

The FY 2011 budget requests $1.381 billion for the following projects:
  • 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.

FY 10 Budget Request

The FY 10 budget request was for $6.5 billion for Operating Expenses and $1 billion for Deepwater as follows:
  • $305 million for aircraft
  • $591 million for surface ships
  • $154 million for C4ISR

Delivery of HC-144A Maritime Patrol Aircraft #13 & 14
HH-60 engine sustainment and avionics, wiring and sensor upgrades for eight aircraft
HH-65 conversion to modernized components, cockpit and enhanced interoperability for 22 aircraft
HC-130H avionics and sensor upgrades for eight aircraft, as well as four center wing box replacements
Decommissions four aging aircraft

Completion of National Security Cutter #4
Analysis and design for the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC)
Production of Fast Response Cutters (FRC-Bs) #5-#8
Production of Deepwater Cutter Small Boats
Overhaul five Medium Endurance Cutters and three 110-foot cutters
$103 million for 30 Response Boat-Medium boats

$117 million for Rescue 21 program for California and New England Sectors to receive Rescue 21 capability, and continued development of Great Lakes, Hawaii, Guam, and Puerto Rico Sectors
Eliminates LORAN-C system

FY 09 Budget Request

The FY 09 budget request asks for $6.2 billion for Operating Expenses and $990 million for Deepwater as follows:

  • $327 million for aircraft
  • $243 million for surface ships
  • $611 million for SAR
  • $722 million for drug interdiction
$86.7 million for delivery of two HC-144A Maritime Patrol Aircraft
$64.5 million for 22 MH-65C helicopter conversions
$52.7 million for 8 HH-60 helicopter upgrades
$24.5 million for sensor upgrades for 9 HC-130s and center wing box replacements for 5 aircraft
$6.9 million for Armed Helicopter Follow-On/Atlantic Area Aviation Deployment Center to provide for the maintenance and upkeep of AUF equipment. The LANTAREA Deployment Center will serve as the replacement for HITRON
$24 million in operations funding for 4 HC-144A aircraft

$353.7 million for NSC cutter #4
$115.3 million for 3 Fast Response Cutters
$35.5 million for upgrades of 5 Medium Endurance Cutters
$30.8 million for overhaul of four 110-foot patrol boats
$2.4 million for 3 cutter small boats
$64 million for 14 Response Boats-Medium

$88.1 million for C4ISR items
$87.6 million for the Rescue 21 program
$7.1 million for upgrades for legacy cutters, boats, aircraft, and operations centers

FY 08 Budget Appropriation

The FY 08 budget appropriation provided for $5.9 billion for Operating Expenses and $1.1 billion for Acquisition, Construction and Improvements.

FY 08 Appropriation Breakdown
$11.5 million to increase the HH-65 fleet by 7 helicopters for the National Capital Region air defense mission
$170 million for 3 more HC-144A maritime patrol aircraft
$57.3 million for HH-60 conversion
$18.9 million for HC-130H sustainment
$50.8 million for HH-65 conversion
$24.6 million for Airborne Use of Force equipment to outfit 42 MH-65Cs and 7 MH-60Js
$5.8 million for missionization and fleet introduction of the C-130Js. The missionization project has experienced an increase in estimated cost that exceeds 8% of the total contracted cost. Pending approval of a remediation plan to address the cost overrun, Coast Guard does not intend to expend funds missionizing C-130J four through six.

$89.6 million for C4ISR
$2.5 million for 12 HF transmitters
$3.6 million for planning and design of an expansion to the Coast Guard Operations System Center.
$80.3 million for the Rescue 21 communications upgrade program
$12 million for Nationwide Automatic Identification System

$165.7 million for the National Security Cutter (NSC) for NSC #3 and #4
$11.5 million for Coast Guard to pilot an intensive maintenance regime for 110-foot Island Class patrol boats in District Seven. The additional funding provided will allow eight 110-foot patrol boats home-ported in Miami, Key West and St. Petersburg, Florida to operate an additional 3,200 hours per year.
$45 million for the response boat medium (RB-M) to support the acquisition of 14 additional RB-Ms.

FY 07 Budget Appropriation

The final FY 07 budget appropriation allocates $7.8 billion to the Coast Guard. This includes $1.066 billion for Deepwater. Operating expenses are funded at $5.48 billion.

The bill includes $1.33 billion for acquisition, construction and improvements; $16 million to remove or repair bridges; $17 million for research and development; $122 million for reserve training; and $1.063 billion for retired pay.

The funding request for a new Coast Guard headquarters complex in Washington, D.C. was deleted until the Homeland Security Department has finalized plans for moving other agencies to the space.

Lawmakers included $127 million to speed up development of the Fast Response Cutter to replace the 110-foot patrol boats.

The acquisitions account also includes $15 million for a new HH-60 Jayhawk to replace CG 6020 which was lost during a search and rescue mission in Alaska in December 2004 and $49 million for avionics upgrades and a service life extension project for the HH-60s.

The appropriation also funds the purchase an HC-235, develop the Eagle Eye unmanned aerial vehicle, and fund a construction of a new national security cutter.

FY 07 Budget Request
USCG budget request for FY 07 is $7.1 billion ($8.4 billion when including retired pay). This includes $934.4 million for the Deepwater program modernization and $5.5 billion for operating expenses.

FY 07 Deepwater Spending Plan Breakdown
$16.1 million for HC-130J missionization and funds 2,000 flight hours

$77.6 million for the HC-235 Maritime Patrol Aircraft program. This includes procurement and missionization of one CASA CN-235 300M Maritime Patrol Aircraft and funding for logistics to make two air stations operational using the new MPAs.

$4.9 million for the VTOL Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VUAV) program to buy one Ship Control Station (SCS) and one Ground Control Station (GCS)

$49.3 million for HH-60Js to upgrade their avionics, radar, FLIR, and extend their service life. It also funds the arming of two more HH-60s.

$32.4 million to complete replacement of HH-65 engines

$25.7 million for Airborne Use of Force equipment for 34 HH-65Cs at seven air stations

$30.5 million to fund operations for 29 helicopters outfitted for Airborne Use of Force, provide 600 flight hours for three covert surveillance aircraft, and 3,500 flight hours for three HC-235s

$60.5 million to fund operations of 5 HH-65 helicopters for National Capital Region air defense. The helicopters are to be forward deployed at CGAS Atlantic City.

$54 million for avionics modernization and surface-search radar replacement for 16 HC-130H long-range search aircraft

$60.8 million for C4ISR upgrades and maintenance support for SIPRNET (Secret Internet Protocol Router Network) capability on Deepwater cutters to allow for transmission and reception of classified intelligence and information

$17 million for domain awareness programs to include SIPRNET, Sector Command Centers and counter-intelligence

$11.2 million for nationwide Automatic Identification System (AIS) upgrades

$39.6 million for Rescue 21 communications modernization program

National Security Cutter (NSC) - $417.8 million - Funds the Full Operational Capability of NSC #1 and the construction and long lead items for NSC #4

$41.6 million for the production of the first 140 foot Fast Response Cutter

$24.7 million for Medium Response Boat - will fund 180 small boats to replace 41 foot boats currently in service

$1.2 million for production of one Long Range Interceptor (LRI, 36-foot small boat) and one Short Range Prosecutor (SRP, 24-foot small boat)

Surface Legacy Sustainment/Enhancements $37.8 million - Funds the Maintenance Effectiveness Project (MEP) for 270’ and 210’ Medium Endurance Cutters (WMEC), which includes replacing major sub-systems such as small boat davits, oily water separators, air conditioning & refrigeration plants, and evaporators and upgrade of main propulsion control and monitoring systems.

$66.8 million for surface operations (fuel & maintenance)

$4.7 million for one prototype Maritime Security Mission Team (MSRT) with two Direct Action Sections (DAS) to provide 24/7 capability

$42.3 million for the Logistics Information Management System

$2.5 million for HF communications recapitalization to replace 88 HF transmitters

$50.2 million for a new Coast Guard headquarters building

$29.1 million for shore facilities

The FY 07 budget request also calls for:

• Phase 1 of termination of the LORAN ATN program


• Decom USCGC STORIS and replace it in Kodiak with USCGC MUNRO

FY 06 Budget Appropriation

The final FY06 Coast Guard budget appropriation is $6.8 billion. $933.1 million allocated for the Deepwater program.

FY 06 Budget Request
USCG budget request for FY06 was $6.9 billion, an 11.4-percent increase over the comparable 2005 level. This includes:

$1.9 billion for the Coast Guard’s Port, Waterways, and Coastal Security mission, to fund a variety of high-priority Coast Guard initiatives like armed, high-speed boats in ports with liquefied natural gas terminals, further implementation of the Automatic Identification System to track sea-going vessels and enhance Maritime Domain Awareness, new weapons systems for the Coast Guard’s helicopter fleet, and implementation of the Common Operating Picture to enable Coast Guard assets to work better

$515 Million for SAR

$653 Million for drug interdiction

$966,000,000 shall be available until September 30, 2010, for the Integrated Deepwater Systems program.
$966M FY06 Deepwater Spending Plan Details
Deepwater aircraft funding request for FY06 is $259 million. Which breaks down as follows:

Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) - No funding requested in FY06. Three HC-235s were ordered last year with an option for five more.

VTOL Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VUAV) $57 million - Funds production of the third VUAV, the Full Operational Capability and missionization of the first three VUAVs, and acquisition of ground control technology and training.

HH-65 Re-engine $133.1 million - Purchases and installs engines. Restores safety and reliability of aircraft power plant.

HH-60 Avionics $25 million Upgrades - HH-60J avionics suite, aircraft electrical wiring, and connectors.

HH-60 SLEP $6.3 million - Extends service life by replacing fittings, electrical wiring, and structural elements.

HH-60 Radar/FLIR Replacement $5.9 million - Replaces weather/search radar and upgrades FLIR 2000 thermal imaging system.

HC-130 Electronics Upgrade $16.3 million - Upgrades avionics, MILSATCOM equipment, and weather radar.

HC-130 Search Radar $15.4 million - Replaces search radar.

C4ISR $ 74.4 million
Common Operating Picture (COP) # 32 million - Funds C4ISR Increment 3 which results in greater functionality of the standard Command and Control System (CG-C2) used aboard cutters, aircraft and shore assets.

Cutter Upgrades - C4ISR 4 $36 million - C4ISR hardware and software improvements for 270’ and 210’ Medium Endurance Cutters
(WMEC) including Boarding Party Communications, Law Enforcement/Marine Band Radio, MF/HF Frequency Band Voice & Data Automatic Link Establishment (MF/HF ALE) Radio, UHF band Navy Data Link Radio, and replaces the Radio Direction Finding (RDF) System and Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Transponder & Interrogator System.

Shore Sites 2 $6.4 million - Procurement, testing, and installation of Medium and High Frequency Band Automatic Link
Establishment (MF/HF ALE) infrastructure at Communications Area Master Stations and Communications Stations.

Surface $522.4 million

National Security Cutter (NSC) $368 million - Funds the Full Operational Capability of NSC #1 and the construction and long lead items for NSC #3.

Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) Complete Design $108 million - Completes the design and acquires select long lead items for the lead ship.

IDS Patrol Boats- Fast Response Cutter $7.5 million - Funds Initial Operation Capability for the lead ship.

IDS Small Boats - Long Range Interceptor $1.4 million - Production of two LRIs, one each for NSCs #2 and #3.

Surface Legacy Sustainment/Enhancements $37.5 million - Funds the Maintenance Effectiveness Project (MEP) for 270’ and 210’ Medium Endurance Cutters (WMEC), which includes replacing major sub-systems such as small boat davits, oily water separators, air conditioning & refrigeration plants, and evaporators and upgrade of main propulsion control and monitoring systems.
270' MEP ($7.5M per Hull) 3 $22.5 million
210' MEP ($5M per Hull) 3 $15.0 million

Facilities Required for Future Asset Deployments $10.1 million - Construction of MPA hangar at ATC Mobile, the OCCSU and pier upgrades at Alameda, CA, and an addition to CG Communication Master Station, Atlantic (CAMSLANT) in Chesapeake, VA.

USCG Sector/Station List

CAMSLANT Chesapeake
Coast Guard International Ice Patrol
U.S. Coast Guard Activities Europe
ISC Portsmouth
HITRON Jacksonville, FL
Activities Europe, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Maintenance and Logistics Command Atlantic (MLCLANT)
ISC Portsmouth
Training Center Cape May
Training Center Yorktown
Aviation Technical Training Center Elizabeth City
Atlantic Area Deployment Center, Jacksonville, FL

District 1:

CGAS Cape Cod, MA
Sector Northern New England
MSFO Belfast, ME
MSFO New Castle, NH (Portsmouth)
Station Boothbay Harbor, ME
Station Burlington, VT
Station Portsmouth Harbor, NH
Station South Portland, ME
ANT Portland
Station Eastport, ME
Station Jonesport, ME
Station Southwest Harbor, ME
ANT Southwest Harbor
Station Rockland, ME
Sector Boston
Station Merrimack River, MA
Station Gloucester, MA
Station Boston, MA
Station Point Allerton, MA
Station Scituate, MA
Light Station Boston, MA
Sector Southeastern New England
Station Provincetown, MA
Station Chatham, MA
Station Cape Cod Canal, MA
Station Woods Hole, MA
Station Brant Point, MA
Station Menemsha, MA
Station Castle Hill, RI
Station Point Judith, RI
MSFO Cape Cod
MSFO New Bedford
ANT Bristol
ANT Woods Hole
Sector Long Island Sound
ANT Long Island Sound
MSD Coram
Station Eaton's Neck
Station New Haven, CT
Station New London, CT
ANT Moriches
Station Fire Island, NY
Station Jones Beach, NY
Station Montauk, NY
Sector New York, NY
ANT Saugerties
ANT New York
Station New York, NY
Station Sandy Hook, NJ
Station Shinnecock, NY

District 5:
CGAS Atlantic City
CGAS Elizabeth City
Sector Baltimore
Station Annapolis, MD
Station St. Inigoes, MD
Station Crisfield, MD
Station Curtis Bay, MD
Station Washington, DC
Station Oxford, MD
Station Stillpond, MD
Station IMARV Taylor's Island
Sector Delaware Bay
Station Philadelphia, PA
Station Atlantic City, NJ
Station Barnegat Inlet, NJ
Station Beach Haven, NJ (seasonal)
Station Cape May, NJ
Station/SARDET Fortescue, NJ (seasonal)
Station Great Egg, NJ (seasonal)
Station Manasquan, NJ
SARDET Roosevelt Island, NJ (seasonal)
Station Sharks River, NJ (seasonal)
Station Townsend Inlet, NJ (seasonal)
Sector Hampton Roads
Station Little Creek, VA
Station Cape Charles, VA
Station Portsmouth, VA
Station Milford Haven, VA
Station Chincoteague, VA
Station Wachapreague, VA
Station Indian River Inlet, DE
Station Ocean City, MD
Sector North Carolina
MSU Wilmington, NC
Station Fort Macon, NC
Station Wrightsville Beach, NC
Station Emerald Isle, NC
Station Hobucken, NC
Station Oak Island, NC
Station Ocracoke, NC (to be closed)
Station Oregon Inlet, NC
Station Hatteras Inlet, NC
Station Elizabeth City, NC

District 7:
CGAS Miami
CGAS Savannah
AIRFAC Charleston
CGAS Clearwater
CGAS Key West
MFPU Kings Bay, GA
Sector Charleston
Station Charleston, SC
Station Georgetown, SC
Station Tybee Island, GA
Station Brunswick, GA
MSU Savannah, GA
Sector Miami
Station Miami Beach, FL
Station Fort Lauderdale, FL
Station Lake Worth Inlet, FL
Station Fort Pierce, FL
Sector St. Petersburg
Station Yankeetown, FL
Station Sand Key, FL
Station St. Petersburg, FL
Station Cortez, FL
Station Fort Myers Beach, FL
Sector Key West
Station Key West, FL
Station Marathon, FL
Station Islamadora, FL
Sector Jacksonville
Station Mayport, FL
Station Port Canaveral, FL
MSD Canaveral
Station Ponce de Leon Inlet, FL
Sector San Juan
CGAS Borinquen
Station San Juan, PR

District 8:
CGAS New Orleans
ATC Mobile
Gulf Coast Primary Crew Assembly Facility, Pascagoula, MS
Sector Corpus Christi
CGAS Corpus Christi
Station South Padre Island, TX
Station Port Aransas, TX
Station Port O'Connor, TX
Sector Houston-Galveston, TX
CGAS Houston
Station Freeport (Surfside, TX)
Station Sabine, TX
MSU Lake Charles, LA
MSU Port Arthur, TX
Station Galveston, TX
Station Houston, TX
Station Lake Charles, LA
Sector Mobile, AL
Station Dauphin Island (Mobile, AL)
Station Pascagoula, MS
Station Destin, FL
Station Panama City, FL
Station Pensacola, FL
Sector New Orleans, LA
Station New Orleans, LA
Station Grand Isle, LA
Station Venice, LA
Station Gulfport, MS
MSU Baton Rogue, LA
MSU Houma, LA
MSU Morgan City, LA
Sector Ohio Valley (Louisville, KY)
SSD Chattanooga, TN
SSD Hickman, KY
SSD Owensboro, KY
SSD Paris Landing, TN
SSD Sewickly, PA
MSU Huntington, WV
MSD Cincinnati, OH
MSU Paducah, KY
MSD Nashville, TN
MSU Pittsburgh, PA
Sector Upper Mississippi River (Keokuk, IA)
Sector Lower Mississippi River (Memphis, TN)
MSD Greenville
MSD Fort Smith
MSD Vicksburg

District 9:
CGAS Detroit
CGAS Traverse City
Sector Buffalo
Station Alex Bay
Station Sackets Harbor, NY
Station Oswego, NY
Station Sodus Point
Station Rochester, NY
Station Niagara, NY
Station Buffalo, NY
Station Erie, PA
Station Ashtabula
Station Fairport
MSU Cleveland, OH
Sector Detroit
Station Tawas, MI
Station Saginaw River, MI
Station Harbor Beach, MI
Station Port Huron, MI
Station St. Clair Shores, MI
Station Belle Isle, MI
Station Toledo, OH
Station Marblehead, OH
Station Lorain, OH
Station Cleveland Harbor, OH
MSU Toledo, OH
Sector Lake Michigan
Station Sturgeon Bay
Station Green Bay
Station Two Rivers
Station Sheboygan
Station Milwaukee
Station Kenosha
Station Wilmette Harbor
Station Calumet Harbor
MSU Chicago
Sector Field Office Grand Haven
Station Charlevoix
Station Frankfort
Station Manistee
Station Ludington
Station Muskegon
Station Grand Haven
Station Holland
Station St. Joseph
Station Michigan City
Sector Sault Ste Marie
Station Bayfield, WI
Station Duluth, MN
Station Marquette, MI
Station Portage, MI
Station St Ignace, MI
MSU Duluth, MI
ISD Sault Ste Marie, MI


CAMSPAC Point Reyes
Maintenance and Logistics Command Pacific (MLCP)
ISC Alameda
Training Center Petaluma, CA
Pacific Area Training Team

District 11:
CGAS San Francisco
CGAS Sacramento
CGAS Los Angeles
Station Lake Tahoe
Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach
Station Los Angeles, CA
Station Morro Bay, CA
Station Channel Islands Harbor, CA
Sector San Diego
CGAS San Diego
Station San Diego, CA
Sector San Francisco
Station San Francisco, CA
Station Golden Gate, CA
Station Monterey, CA
Station Rio Vista, CA
Station Bodega Bay, CA
Station Vallejo, CA
CGAS Humboldt Bay
Station Humboldt Bay, CA
Station Noyo River, CA

District 13:
MFPU Bangor, WA
Sector Seattle
Station Seattle, WA
CGAS Port Angeles
Station Port Angeles, WA
Station Neah Bay, WA
Station Quillayute River, WA
Station Bellingham, WA
Sector Portland
CGAS North Bend
CGAS Astoria
Station Portland, OR
Station Chetco River
Station Coos Bay
Station Umpqua River
Station Yaquina Bay
Station Depoe Bay
Station Coquille River
Station Siuslaw River
Station Tillamook Bay
Station Cape Disappointment
Station Grays Harbor

District 14:
CGAS Barbers Point
Sector Honolulu
Base Sand Island, HI
ISC Sand Island
Station Maui
Sector Guam

District 17:
CGAS Kodiak
CGAS Sitka
AIRFAC Cordova, AK
Communications Station Kodiak, AK
AIRFAC St. Paul Island, AK - HH-60J forward deployment site
Sector Juneau
Station Juneau, AK
Station Ketchikan, AK
Sector Anchorage
MSU Valdez, AK
Station Valdez, AK


MSST 91101 -- Seattle
MSST 91102 -- Chesapeake, Va.
MSST 91103 -- Los Angeles/Long Beach
MSST 91104 -- Houston/Galveston
MSST 91105 -- San Francisco
MSST 91106 -- Ft. Wadsworth, NY
MSST 91107 -- Honolulu, HI
MSST 91108 -- St. Marys, Ga.
MSST 91109 -- San Diego, CA
MSST 91110 -- Boston, MA
MSST 91111 -- Anchorage
MSST 91112 -- New Orleans
MSST 91114 - Miami
National Strike Force
Maritime Security Response Team
Port Security Units

(Public Information in FCC Docs)

COMMSTA Boston, Maspee, MA - 41º 24' 00" N 070º 18' 57" W
CAMSLANT Chesapeake, VA - 36º 33' 59" N 076º 15' 23" W
COMMSTA Miami, Miami, FL - 25º 36' 58" N 080º 23' 04" W
COMMSTA New Orleans, Belle Chasse, LA - 29º 52' 40" N 089º 54' 46" W
CAMSPAC Point Reyes, CA - 38º 06' 00" N 122º 55' 48" W
COMMSTA Honolulu, Wahiawa, HI - 21º 31' 08" N 157º 59' 28" W
COMMSTA Kodiak, Kodiak, AK - 57º 04' 26" N 152º 28' 20" W
GUAM, Finegayan, GU - 13º 53' 08" N 144º 50' 20" E

Coast Guard Terminology

AIRSTA  Coast Guard Air Station
ALC   Aviation Logistics Center, Elizabeth City, NC
AMARG  Aerospace Maintenance And Regeneration Group, Davis Monthan AFB
AMVER   Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System
BLACKJACK  MH-65D on National Capital Region air defense mission
BENCHMARK  Term for reference point (used to pass position)
CAMSLANT  Communications Area Master Station Atlantic, Chesapeake, VA
CAMSPAC  Communications Area Master Station Pacific, Point Reyes, CA
CASPER  C-130 Airborne Sensory Palletized Electronic Reconnaissance equipment
CHARLIE  Copy, Clear (as in affirmative)
COMMSTA  Communications Station
CYCLOPS ##   HC-130
DELTA ##   MH-65
DEMON ##  HC-130
DMB   Datum Marker Buoy
DOLPHIN ##  H-65
DRAGON ##  H-65
ELT   Emergency Locator Transmitter
eMICP   Enhanced Mobile Incident Command Post
END GAME ##  MH-65D (Mode-S c/s Endgm ##)
EPIRB   Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon
ESD   Electronics Support Detachment
FALCON ##  HU-25
FLIR   Forward-Looking Infra-red
FOXTROT MIKE "FM" Frequency, most often VHF Marine Band
HERK ##  HC-130H
HOMEPLATE  Aircraft's home airfield
HOTEL/HIGH FOX High Frequency Radio
IN THE BLIND  Sending message without hearing response
JUGGLER   USCG Auxiliary unit
KILO ##  MH-65C
KINGBUSTERS ## USCG small boats
LANDLINE  Standard Telephone
LIMA CHARLIE  Loud and Clear
LE PATROL  Law Enforcement Patrol
MAKO ##  MH-65
MEDEVAC  Medical Evacuation
MCV  Mobile Communications Vehicle
MSD  Marine Safety Detachment (subordinate to an MSO)
MSO  Marine Safety Office
NVG  Night Vision Goggles
OMNI ##  HC-130 on a law enforcement mission
OPBAT  Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos joint counterdrug operation (USCG, DEA, & CBP)
PANTHER  Joint DEA/USCG counterdrug ops center, Nassau, Bahamas
PIW  Person(s) In Water
POB  People/Persons On Board
PPR  Prior Permission Required
PS  Portable SIPRNet
RAPTOR  USCG Response Boat-Medium at Key West
RESCUE  USCG aircraft on actual SAR mission
RCC  Rescue Coordination Center
RTB  Return To Base
SABER  USCG Auxiliary Aircraft
SAR CASE  Search And Rescue Mission
SARSAT  Search And Rescue Satellite
SCN  Systems Coordination Net (HF Ship-Shore Radio)
SHARK ##  USCG Cutter
SITREP  Situation Report
SLDMB  Self-Locating Datum Marker Buoy
SOB  Souls On Board, older term for POB often used by USCG
SSD  Shoreside Support Detachments
STINGRAY ##  HU-25 now also being used by MH-68As
STRIKER ##   MH-65
SWORDFISH ##   MH-60J Jayhawks and HU-25 Falcons
TCC  Transportable Communications Center  
UNIFORM HOTEL  Ultra High Frequency Radio
VICTOR SIERRA  Sector search by single asset
ZEAL ##   USCG aircraft
Links of Interest

USCG homepage:
An excellent unofficial USCG blog:
Coast Guard Report:
Track ship movements on your computer:
USCG Amateur Radio Net:
Coast Guard News:

Sources: Various USCG fact sheets,, US Navy League Seapower 2008 Almanac, ACP-113 (AI), Hugh Stegman's Federal Callsign List, various data from the old WUN List, spotter reports.