US Coast Guard Asset Guide - Update 24 May 2023

USCG Air/Vessel Asset Guide - Desktop Reference for the Radio Monitor

The original coast guard asset desktop reference was compiled by Mark Cleary for many years. Recently Mark announced that he is no longer working on this project or the COTHEN list. So I have taken over his duties to update and maintain the USCG Air/Vessel Asset Guide. Your updates, additions, and correction are always appreciated and you can send them to Larry Van Horn via email at n5fpw at frontier dot com. Photographs used in this guide are courtesy of the US Coast Guard unless otherwise indicated.

US Coast Guard Air Asset Guide

The Coast Guard operates 201 fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft – airplanes and helicopters – to support its work as a law enforcement arm, a military service branch, and a seafaring service.

Nearly all Coast Guard aircraft have some role in homeland security operations, and some are now armed. The Coast Guard operates its aviation fleet on the principle that it cannot afford a fleet of aircraft intended solely for specialized missions, and has concentrated on aircraft that can carry out a wide range of diversified missions.


C-37A/B Gulfstream V Command Control Aircraft

The service operates two Gulfstream V aircraft as its principal command and control transport for senior Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security officials. On long flights, the C-37A can carry 12 passengers and a crew of four with a range of 6,500 nautical miles, all with considerable fuel efficiency. The C-37A enjoys a commonality of parts and supplies with more than a dozen C-37As operated by the other military branches.

• Power plant: Two 14,750-pound thrust BMWRolls- Royce BR710-48 turbofan engines
• Max cruising speed: Mach 0.885/459 knots
• Certified ceiling: 51,000 feet
• Range: 5,500 nautical miles
• Gross weight: 90,900 pounds
• Dimensions: Wingspan, 93 feet, 6 inches; length, 96 feet, 5 inches; height, 25 feet, 10 inches

C-37B Long Range Command and Control Aircraft

Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security senior officials need to deploy throughout the world to manage missions such as maritime security, enforcement of laws and treaties, maritime safety, protection of natural resources, maritime mobility, and national defense. Secure command-and-control transport is required to ensure the continuity of operations and for use during national emergencies.

The Coast Guard utilized an existing Air Force contract on Oct. 6, 2020, to order a new long-range command and control aircraft (LRCCA), plus installation of Coast Guard-specific communications and security equipment, from Gulfstream Aerospace of Savannah, Georgia. The Coast Guard acquired a G-550 baseline aircraft with a completed certificate of airworthiness. It will transition to a C-37B aircraft through the outfitting of specialized equipment and sensors to meet Coast Guard mission needs. It has an expected service life of 20 years. The company delivered the fully outfitted C-37B LRCCA in June 2022. The previous CG02 C-37B reverted to civilian use as N640W.

C-37A/B Characteristics
• Powerplant: 2 BMW-Rolls-Royce BR710C4-11 engines
• Cruise Speed: 0.80 Mach (345 mph)
• Dimensions: Wingspan: 93 feet 6 inches, length: 96 feet 5 inches, height: 25 feet 11 inches
• Maximum Weight: 91,000 pounds
• Range: 5,000 nautical miles
• Carries 12 passengers

C-37 Air Station:
CGAS Washington, D.C. (Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport)

Tail    A/C Type  Homeplate        Mode-S Hex Address Call Signs
01  C-37A CGAS Washington  AE10C1 Mode-S C101, Voice CG 01
02  C-37B CGAS Washington  AE109A Mode-S C102, Voice CG 02

HC-130H/J Long Range Surveillance (LRS) Aircraft

The Coast Guard’s HC-130J Super Hercules long-range surveillance aircraft provide heavy air transport and long-range maritime patrol capability. Each aircraft is capable of serving as an on-scene command and control platform or as a surveillance platform with the means to detect, classify and identify objects and share that information with operational forces.

The Coast Guard is acquiring a fleet of 22 new, fully missionized HC-130J aircraft to replace its legacy HC-130Hs.

The HC-130J has a more advanced engine and propellers, which provide a 20 percent increase in speed and altitude, and a 40 percent increase in range over the HC-130H. The new aircraft also features state-of-the-market avionics, including all-glass cockpit displays and improved navigation equipment. The HC-130J’s suite of command, control, communication, computers, cyber, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C5ISR) equipment helps to extend the fleet’s mission capabilities.

The Coast Guard is integrating Minotaur mission system architecture into its fixed-wing aircraft. Missionization includes post-production modification of new C-130J aircraft to incorporate the specialized equipment necessary to carry out Coast Guard missions. All aircraft with the legacy mission system have completed Minotaur retrofits, and all new aircraft are Minotaur missionized before they are delivered to the fleet.

The Coast Guard currently has four C-130Js under production at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Marietta, Georgia.: CGNR 2016, CGNR 2017, CGNR 2018 and CGNR 2019.

HC-130J Coast Guard Fact Sheet

HC-130H Characteristics
• Power plant: Four 4,910-hp Allison T56-A15 turboprop engines
• Performance: (HC-130H) Cruising speed, 280 knots/ max 320 knots; service ceiling, 33,000 feet; range, up to 4,300 nautical miles
• Weight: Maximum gross weight at takeoff, 155,000 pounds; normal max 175,000 pounds (EWP-Emergency War Planning)
• Dimensions: Wingspan, 132.6 feet; length, 99.6 feet; height, 38.6 feet; wing area, 1,734 square feet

HC-130J Characteristics
• Power Plant: four 5,600-hp Rolls-Royce AE2100D turboprop engines driving six-bladed propellers
• Performance: Cruising speed, 320 knots/max 362 knots; service ceiling, 39,000 feet; range, up to 4,900 nautical miles, endurance: 20+ hours
• Maximum Weight: 155,000 pounds
• Dimensions: Wingspan: 132 feet 7inches, length: 97 feet 9 inches, height: 38 feet 11 inches

• Standardized Minotaur mission system across all Coast Guard fixed-wing aircraft
• Real-time tracking and Rescue 21 integration to enhance the common operating picture and maritime domain awareness
• Advanced radar and electro-optical/infrared sensors for search and rescue, law enforcement, and intelligence gathering missions; the Coast Guard’s Super Hercules is the first HC-130 aircraft in the world with a 360-degree, belly-mounted, multimode surface search radar
• Commonality of command, control, communication, computers, cyber, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance components and capabilities with those on the Coast Guard’s medium-range surveillance aircraft

HC-130H/J Air Stations:
• CGAS Sacramento, California
• CGAS Clearwater, Florida
• CGAS Elizabeth City, North Carolina
• CGAS Kodiak, Alaska
• CGAS Barbers Point, Hawaii

Tail    A/C Type  Homeplate                Mode-S Hex Address Call Signs

HC-130H Aircraft - COTHEN ALE Address 7##

1701 HC-130H CGAS Elizabeth City  ADFE0D Status?
1702 HC-130H CGAS Clearwater        ADFE0E Status?
1703 HC-130H                                      ADFE0F Status?
1704 HC-130H CGAS Clearwater        ADFE10 Mode-S C1704, Voice CG 1704
1707 HC-130H CGAS Elizabeth City  ADFE13 Status?
1712 HC-130H CGAS Clearwater        ADFE18  Mode-S C1712
1715 HC-130H CGAS Clearwater        ADFE1B Mode-S C1715, Voice CG 1715
1716 HC-130H CGAS Clearwater        ADFE1C Mode-S C1716
1718 HC-130H CGAS Clearwater        ADFE1E Status?
1720 HC-130H CGAS Clearwater        ADFE20 Status?

Note: Aircraft marked with status? are probably no longer in service. No recent ADSB intercepts have been seen on ADS-B networks.

HC-130J Aircraft - COTHEN ALE Address 0##

2001 HC-130J CGAS Elizabeth City   AE10E7 Mode-S C2001, Voice CG 2001
2002 HC-130J CGAS Elizabeth City   AE10E8 Mode-S C2002, Voice CG2002
2003 HC-130J CGAS Elizabeth City   AE10E9 Mode-S C2003
2004 HC-130J CGAS Elizabeth City   AE10EA Mode-S C2004, Voice CG 2004
2005 HC-130J CGAS Elizabeth City   AE10EB Mode-S C2005/2005
2006 HC-130J CGAS Kodiak              AE10EC Mode-S C2006, Voice CG 2006
2007 HC-130J CGAS Elizabeth City   AE57D1 Mode-S C2007/2007, Voice CG 2007
2008 HC-130J CGAS Barbers Point    AE57D2 Mode-S C2008/2008, Voice CG 2008
2009 HC-130J CGAS Kodiak              AE57D3 Mode-S C2009 
2010 HC-130J CGAS Kodiak              AE57D4 Mode-S C2010, Voice CG 2010
2011 HC-130J CGAS Kodiak              AE57D5 Mode-S C2011
2012 HC-130J CGAS Elizabeth City   AE5DEB Mode-S C2012, Voice CG 2012
2013 HC-130J CGAS Elizabeth City   AE5DEC Mode-S C2013
2014 HC-130J CGAS Barbers Point    AE5DED Mode-S C2014, Voice CG 2014
2015 HC-130J CGAS Elizabeth City   AE5DEE Mode-S C2015/2015, Voice CG 2015

HC-144A/B Ocean Sentry Medium-Range MPA

Eighteen HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft are included in the Coast Guard’s medium-range surveillance fleet, along with the incoming C-27J Spartans. The fixed-wing, turboprop aircraft has an endurance of more than 10 hours and an extensive sensor capability that helps the Coast Guard fulfill its maritime patrol, drug and migrant interdiction, disaster response, and search and rescue missions more effectively.

The Ocean Sentry is particularly effective at locating objects in large search areas and vectoring other military, government, and first responders to these locations. The aircraft has the capability to perform aerial delivery of search and rescue equipment, such as rafts, pumps, and flares. Also, with its sophisticated command and control system, it can serve as a platform for an on-scene commander during homeland security missions.

The Ocean Sentry also features a rear ramp that allows crews to quickly reconfigure the aircraft for varied operations, including command and control, medical evacuation, or passenger transport.

The Coast Guard is upgrading its HC-144A fleet to improve mission effectiveness and situational awareness through the Ocean Sentry Refresh project. Each aircraft will receive a new cockpit control and display unit, used in flight management as the primary avionics computer for communication control, navigation, and equipment monitoring. Upon completion, each aircraft is redesignated as an HC-144B.

The service is also integrating the Navy’s Minotaur mission system architecture across its fixed-wing aircraft fleet. The Minotaur integration process for the prototype HC-144B began at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, in July 2016.

The Coast Guard completed planned work under this project with the delivery of its 18th HC-144A in September 2014. Procurement has ended in light of the acquisition of 14 C-27J Spartans.

HC-144A/B Characteristics
• Power plant: Two 1,750 shp (1,305 kW) General Electric CT7-9C3 turboprop engines
• Maximum cruising speed: 215 knots
• Range: up to 2,100 nautical miles (depending on configuration), with payload: (6,000 pounds) 1,000 nautical miles (cargo configured), max endurance: 10.0+ hours
• Maximum takeoff weight: 36,380 pounds
• Dimensions: Wingspan, 84 feet, 8 inches, length, 70 feet, 2 inches, height: 26 feet 10 inches

• Standardized Minotaur mission system across all Coast Guard fixed-wing aircraft (under development)
• Glass cockpit instrument panel, autopilot and avionics suite
• Multimode search radar and electro-optical/infrared sensors
• Mission data recording and a first responder/law enforcement and maritime communications suite
• Airborne Automatic Identification System
• Secure and nonsecure voice and data using satellite communications

HC-144 Air Stations:
• CGAS/CG Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama
• CGAS Miami, Florida
• CGAS Cape Cod, Massachusetts
• CGAS Corpus Christi, Texas

COTHEN ALE addresses N##

Tail  A/C Type  Homeplate        Mode-S Hex Address      Call Signs
2301 HC-144A CGAS Corpus Christi   AE2237 Mode-S C2301, Voice CG2301, November 01
2302 HC-144B ATC Mobile                  AE2238 Mode-S C2302, Voice CG 2302, November 02
2303 HC-144A CGAS Cape Cod          AE223A, Voice CG 2303, November 03
2304 HC-144A CGAS Miami               AE223B, Voice CG 2304, November 04
2305 HC-144A ATC Mobile                 AE223C Mode-S C2305, Voice CG 2305, November 05
2306 HC-144B ATC Mobile                 AE223D Mode-S C2306, Voice CG 2306, November 06
2307 HC-144B ATC Mobile                 AE223E Mode-S C2307, Voice CG 2307, November 07
2308 HC-144A CGAS Corpus Christi  AE223F Mode-S C2308, Voice CG 2308, November 08
2309 HC-144A CGAS Miami               AE2707 Mode-S C2309, Voice CG 2309, November 09
2310 HC-144B CGAS Miami               AE2708 Mode-S C2310, Voice CG 2310, November 10
2311 HC-144B CGAS Miami               AE2709 Mode-S C2311, Voice CG 2311, November 11
2312 HC-144A CGAS Cape Cod          AE2243/AE270A Mode-S C2312
2313 HC-144A CGAS Cape Cod          AE2244/AE4BE8 
2314 HC-144A CGAS Corpus Christi  AE2245/AE4BEE Voice CG 2314, November 14
2315 HC-144B ATC Mobile                 AE4BEF
2316 HC-144B ATC Mobile                 AE4BF0
2317 HC-144B CGAS Corpus Christi  AE4BF1
2318 HC-144A CGAS Miami               AE4BF2

HC-27J Medium Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft

The Coast Guard has 14 C-27J Spartans in its medium-range surveillance aircraft fleet, along with its HC-144 Ocean Sentries, to perform drug and migrant interdiction, disaster response and search and rescue missions. The aircraft’s range, endurance, and speed make it a valuable asset in addressing the Coast Guard’s maritime flight-hour gap.

Under the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014, 13 C-27J aircraft were regenerated from a preserved status at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona. A 14th aircraft was transferred to the Coast Guard after formal acceptance by the Air Force in April 2017.

As delivered, the C-27Js are outfitted with weather radar and communications equipment capable of supporting transport and other Coast Guard missions. The Coast Guard worked with Naval Air Systems Command to determine which additional specialized equipment will be installed to enhance and expand the aircraft’s capabilities. The C-27J missionization package is based on the Minotaur mission system architecture that the Coast Guard is implementing across the rest of its fixed-wing fleet. The first Spartan entered the mission system integration process at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, in September 2017. Prototype installation is scheduled for completion in 2022, with testing to follow.

The HC-27J Asset Project Office (APO), at Elizabeth City, North Carolina, oversaw the aircraft regeneration process and conducted many of the acquisition duties, including the development of Coast Guard-specific crew duties, procedures, technical manuals, curricula, and test and evaluation reporting.

HC-130H Characteristics

• Maximum Weight: 70,000 pounds
• Cruise Speed: 290 knots
• Range: Up to 2,675 nautical miles, Endurance: 12 hours
• Ceiling: 30,000 feet
• Dimension: Wingspan: 94 feet, 2 inches, Length: 74 feet, 6 inches, Height: 31 feet, 8 inches

• Standardized Minotaur mission system across all Coast Guard fixed-wing aircraft (under development)
• Military communications
• Multimode radar
• Large search windows
• Night vision goggles capabilities

HC-27J Air Stations:
• CGAS Sacramento, California (McClellan Field KMCC)
• CGAS Elizabeth City, North Carolina (Elizabeth City RAP KECG)

COTHEN ALE addresses X## or ##X

Tail  A/C Type  Homeplate              Mode-S Hex Address Call Signs, Voice Call - Spartan ##
2701 HC-27J CGAS Sacramento CA      AE2125   Mode-S C2701
2702 HC-27J CGAS Elizabeth City NC  AE2126   Mode-S C2702
2703 HC-27J CGAS Sacramento CA      AE272E   Mode-S C2703
2704 HC-27J CGAS Elizabeth City NC  AE272F   Mode-S C2704
2705 HC-27J CGAS Sacramento CA      AE2730   Mode-S C2705
2706 HC-27J CGAS Sacramento CA      AE2731   Mode-S C2706, Spartan (Spartn/Sprtn)  6
2707 HC-27J CGAS Sacramento CA      AE4ADF Mode-S C2707, Spartan (Spartn/Sprtn)  7
2708 HC-27J CGAS Elizabeth City NC  AE4AE0  Mode-S C2708
2709 HC-27J CGAS Sacramento CA      AE4AE1  Mode-S C2709, Spartan (Spartn/Sprtn)  9
2710 HC-27J CGAS Sacramento CA      AE4AE2  Mode-S C2710,  CG2710, BXCR01
2711 HC-27J CGAS Sacramento CA      AE4AE3  Mode-S C2711, Spartan (Spartn/Sprtn) 11
2712 HC-27J CGAS Elizabeth City NC  AE4AE4  Mode-S C2712
2713 HC-27J CGAS Sacramento CA      AE4AE5  Mode-S C2713, Spartan (Spartn/Sprtn) 13
2714 HC-27J CGAS Sacramento CA      AE4CF7  Mode-S C2713

MH-60T Medium Range Recovery Helicopter

An all-weather, medium-range recovery helicopter similar to the Navy MH-60R and MH-60S Sea Hawk, with roots going back to the Army’s basic H-60 Black Hawk transport, the Coast Guard MH-60 is a medium-range recovery helicopter that is capable of a variety of missions. The service began to operate the aircraft in 1990 as a replacement for the retired HH-3F Pelican. 

Jayhawks are crewed by two pilots, a flight mechanic, and a rescue swimmer, and can carry up to six seated survivors. It is capable of limited shipboard operations as well as land-based operations out to 300 nautical miles, with a 45-minute on-scene time.

The MH-60T employs full night-vision-device capability. Primary tactical navigation is accomplished through blended GPS and inertial navigation system receivers. In addition to a rescue hoist – rated for 600 pounds – the Jayhawk is equipped with a heavy-lift external sling with a capacity of 6,000 pounds. The MH-60 carries sensors and equipment for SAR missions, law enforcement, and homeland security missions. Upgrades completed in 2008 providing armed response capability precipitated an airframe designation from HH-60J to MH-60J. The MH-60T is an upgrade of the MH-60J with a “glass” cockpit, new electro-optical and infrared sensors, new radar, and upgrades to the engines. All MH-60Ts are equipped with Airborne Use of Force (AUF) capabilities. These upgraded MH-60Ts are expected to serve until the 2030s. 

MH-60T Characteristics
• Power plant: Two 1,560-shp General Electric T700-GE-401C turboshaft engines
• Dimensions: Rotor diameter: 53 feet, 8 inches; length, 64 feet, 8 inches; height, 17 feet; main rotor disc area, 2,261 square feet
• Performance: Maximum speed, 170 knots; service ceiling, 13,000 feet DA; range, 700 nautical miles, endurance 6.5 hours
• Weights: Empty, 14,500 pounds; gross weight, 21,884 pounds

• Common avionics architecture system of digital glass cockpit instruments similar to those installed on the Coast Guard’s fixed-wing aircraft
• Surface search radar and electro-optical/infrared sensors
• Engines standard with the Department of Defense’s H-60 fleet
• Five multifunction display screens
• Sensor and hoist cameras
• Integrated traffic collision avoidance system
• 7.62 mm machine gun for firing warning shots and a 7.62 mm shoulder-fired weapon for precise targetings, such as disabling engines on noncompliant go-fast vessels
• Standardized mission system components complementing capabilities and equipment installed on the Coast Guard’s upgraded MH-65 short-range recovery helicopter

MH-60T Units:
• CGAS/CG Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama
• CGAS Kodiak, Alaska
• CGAS Sitka, Alaska
• CGAS San Diego, California
• CGAS Clearwater, Florida
• CGAS New Orleans, Louisiana
• CGAS Cape Cod, Massachusetts
• CGAS Traverse City, Michigan
• CGAS Elizabeth City, North Carolina
• CGAS Astoria, Oregon
• CGAS Borinquen, Puerto Rico

COTHEN ALE Addresses J##

Tail    A/C Type  Homeplate                Mode-S Hex Address Call Signs
6001 MH-60T CGAS Borinquen        AE27F2 Mode-S C6001
6002 MH-60T CGAS New Orleans    AE27F3 Mode-S C6002
6003 MH-60T CGAS San Diego        AE27F4 Mode-S C6003
6004 MH-60T CGAS Elizabeth City AE27F5 Mode-S C6004
6005 MH-60T ATC Mobile                AE27F6 Mode-S C6005
6006 MH-60T CGAS Astoria             AE27F7 Mode-S C6006
6007 MH-60T CGAS Cape Cod        AE27F8 Mode-S C6007
6008 MH-60T CGAS Traverse City  AE27F9 Mode-S C6008
6009 MH-60T ATC Mobile                AE27FA Mode-S C6009
6010 MH-60T CGAS Borinquen       AE27FB Mode-S C6010
6011 MH-60T CGAS Cape Cod        AE27FC Mode-S C6011
6012 MH-60T CGAS Clearwater      AE27FD Mode-S C6012
6013 MH-60T CGAS New Orleans   AE27FE Mode-S C6013
6014 MH-60T CGAS Sitka                AE27FF Mode-S C6014
6015 MH-60T CGAS Sitka                AE2900 Mode-S C6015
6016 MH-60T US West Coast            AE2903 Mode-S C6016
6018 MH-60T CGAS Elizabeth City  AE2902 Mode-S C6018
6019 MH-60T CGAS San Diego        AE2903 Mode-S C6019
6021 MH-60T CGAS San Diego        AE2905 Mode-S C6021
6022 MH-60T CGAS Traverse City   AE2906 Mode-S C6022
6023 MH-60T CGAS Elizabeth City  AE2907 Mode-S C6023
6024 MH-60T CGAS Elizabeth City  AE2908 Mode-S C6024
6025 MH-60T CGAS Clearwater       AE2909 Mode-S C6025
6026 MH-60T CGAS Astoria             AE290A Mode-S C6026
6027 MH-60T CGAS Clearwater      AE20C1 Mode-S C6027
6029 MH-60T CGAS Clearwater      AE290C Mode-S C6029
6030 MH-60T CGAS Kodiak            AE290D Mode-S C6030
6031 MH-60T CGAS Borinquen       AE290E Mode-S C6031
6032 MH-60T CGAS Cape Cod        AE290F Mode-S C6032
6033 MH-60T CGAS Clearwater       AE2910 Mode-S C6033
6034 MH-60T CGAS Cape Cod        AE2911 Mode-S C6034
6035 MH-60T CGAS Astoria            AE2912 Mode-S C6035
6036 MH-60T CGAS Sitka                AE2913 Mode-S C6036
6037 MH-60T CGAS Kodiak            AE2914 Mode-S C6037
6038 MH-60T CGAS Kodiak            AE2915 Mode-S C6038
6039 MH-60T CGAS Cape Cod        AE2916 Mode-S C6039
6040 MH-60T CGAS Clearwater       AE2917 Mode-S C6040
6041 MH-60T CGAS San Diego       AE2918 Mode-S C6041
6042 MH-60T CGAS Clearwater       AE2919 Mode-S C6042
6043 MH-60T CGAS Clearwater       AE291A Mode-S C6043
6044 MH-60T CGAS Clearwater       AE4A4B Mode-S C6044 (Hex Code AE291B is also listed)
6045 MH-60T CGAS Traverse City  AE4A4C Mode-S C6045
6046 MH-60T CGAS Clearwater      AE4DFE Mode-S C6046
6047 MH-60T CGAS New Orleans   AE4DFF Mode-S C6047
6048 MH-60T CGAS Traverse City  AE4E00 Mode-S C6048
6049 MH-60T ATC Mobile                AE4E01 Mode-S C6049
6050 MH-60T CGAS Clearwater      AE4E02 Mode-S C6050
6051 MH-60T CGAS Clearwater      AE4E03 Mode-S C6051
6052 MH-60T                                     NHC                                           
6053 MH-60T                                     AE6CE7 Mode-S C6053

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

The H-65 Dolphin is the Coast Guard’s oldest and most numerous current helicopter, dating to the 1980s when it was selected for the short-range rescue mission and one of the service’s first helicopters without the capability to perform water landings.

The H-65 is a short-range recovery aircraft. This twin-engine, single-rotor helicopter is certified for all-weather and nighttime operations, but it is prohibited from flying under known icing conditions. The strengths of this aircraft include its speed, flexibility, and integrated electronics package. The H-65 is the Coast Guard’s standard shipboard-deployable aircraft and operates from all flight deck-equipped cutters. Navigation inputs are processed through a central mission computer unit, which can generate search patterns from pilot-provided input. This minimizes the attention needed to navigate the aircraft and maximizes search effectiveness. Endurance of the H-65 is limited, with a maximum endurance profile at 75 knots of 3.5 hours. The aircraft can sprint at speeds up to 165 knots for short periods and sustain speeds of more than 140 knots.

The MH-65D was the result of the latest incremental modernization project, Segment 4 of a six-segment modernization plan, which commenced in August 2010 and will extend the aircraft’s service life through 2027. It addresses immediate critical mission degraders as well as replacing additional obsolete subsystems, including the aircraft’s navigation system and gyros, with digital GPS and inertial navigation. It adds a new digital Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS), an integrated flight deck with sensor display screens, and a robust, effective C4ISR suite.

Segment 5 added a secure shipboard handling, securing, and traversing system. Segment 6, which brings the fleet to MH-65E standard, will replace the analog automatic flight control with digital systems, and install digital weather radar and digital glass cockpit instruments, among other modernization upgrades.

MH-65 Characteristics
• Power plant: HH-65C – two 853-shp Turbomeca Arriel 2C2-CG turboshaft engines
• Performance: Maximum speed, 175 knots; cruising speed, 148 knots; operational ceiling, approximately 10,000 feet; range, 350 nautical miles, endurance 3 hours
• Weights: Empty weight, 6,200 pounds; max gross weight, 9,480 pounds
• Dimensions: Main rotor diameter, 39 feet, 2 inches; main rotor disc area, 1,204 square feet; length, 44 feet, 4 inches; height, 13 feet, 3 inches

• 40% more power and higher performance from new engines
• Radar and electro-optical/infrared sensors
• Capability to conduct sorties from a cutter flight deck
• 7.62 mm machine gun and a .50-caliber rifle
• Ongoing common avionics architecture system of digital glass cockpit instruments similar to those installed on the Coast Guard’s upgraded MH-60T medium-range recovery helicopter

H-65 Air Stations:
• CGAS Traverse City, Michigan
• CGAS Barbers Point, Hawaii
• CGAS Borinquen, Puerto Rico
• CGAS Atlantic City, New Jersey
• CGAS Corpus Christi, Texas
• CGAS Detroit, Michigan
• CGAS Houston, Texas
• CGAS Humboldt Bay, California
• CGAS Los Angeles, California
• CGAS Miami, Florida
• CGAS/CG Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama
• CGAS New Orleans, Louisiana
• CGAS North Bend, Oregon
• CGAS San Francisco, California
• CGAS Port Angeles, Washington
• CGAS Savannah, Georgia
• CGAS Kodiak, Alaska
• HITRON Jacksonville, Florida

COTHEN ALE address 6500 series K##, 6600 series L##

Thanks to Ron Perron for his recent MH-65 KACY update.

Tail    A/C Type  Homeplate                  Mode-S Hex Address Call Signs
6501 MH-65D  CGAS Houston            AE265B Mode-S C6501
6502 MH-65D  CGAS Humboldt Bay  AE265C Mode-S C6502
6503 MH-65E  CGAS Barbers Point    AE265D Mode-S C6503
6504 MH-65D  CGAS Port Angeles     AE265E Mode-S C6504
6506 MH-65D  CGAS New Orleans    AE2660 Mode-S C6506
6507 MH-65E  CGAS Houston            AE2661 Mode-S C6507
6508 MH-65D  CGAS Savannah         AE2662 Mode-S C6508
6509 MH-65D  CGAS Kodiak              AE2663 Mode-S C6509
6510 MH-65D  CGAS Los Angeles     AE2664 Mode-S C6510
6511 MH-65D  CGAS New Orleans    AE2665 Mode-S C6511
6512 MH-65D  CGAS North Bend      AE2666 Mode-S C6512
6513 MH-65D  CGAS Barbers Point   AE2667 Mode-S C6513
6514 MH-65E  CGAS Houston            AE2668 Mode-S C6514
6516 MH-65D  CGAS San Francisco   AE266A Mode-S C6516
6517 MH-65E  CGAS Port Angeles     AE266B Mode-S C6517
6518 MH-65D  US East Coast              AE266C Mode-S C6518
6519 MH-65E  CGAS North Bend       AE266D Mode-S C6519
6520 MH-65E CGAS San Francisco    AE266E Mode-S C6520
6521 MH-65E CGAS North Bend       AE266F Mode-S C6521
6522 MH-65E CGAS Houston            AE2670 Mode-S C6522
6524 MH-65E CGAS North Bend       AE2672 Mode-S C6524
6525 MH-65E HITRON Jacksonville  AE2673 Mode-S C6525
6526 MH-65E HITRON Jacksonville  AE2674 Mode-S C6526
6527 MH-65D CGAS Atlantic City     AE2675 Mode-S C6527
6528 MH-65E HITRON Jacksonville AE2676 Mode-S C6528
6529 MH-65D US East Coast              AE2677 Mode-S C6529
6530 MH-65D HITRON Jacksonville AE2678 Mode-S C6530
6531 MH-65D CGAS San Francisco   AE2679 Mode-S C6531
6532 MH-65E CGAS Miami               AE267A Mode-S C6532
6533 MH-65D CGAS San Diego        AE267B Mode-S C6533
6534 MH-65D CGAS Savannah          AE267C Mode-S C6534
6536 MH-65D                                      AE267E Mode-S C6536
6537 MH-65D CGAS North Bend       AE267F Mode-S C6537
6538 MH-65D CGAS San Francisco   AE2680 Mode-S C6538
6539 MH-65D CGAS Corpus Christi   AE2681 Mode-S C6539
6540 MH-65D CGAS San Francisco   AE2682 Mode-S C6540
6542 MH-65D CGAS San Francisco   AE2683 Mode-S C6542
6543 MH-65D CGAS Atlantic City     AE2684 Mode-S C6543
6544 MH-65D CGAS Savannah          AE509F Mode-S C6544
6545 MH-65D CGAS San Francisco  AE2685 Mode-S C6545
6547 MH-65E CGAS Humboldt Bay  AE2686 Mode-S C6547
6548 MH-65E CGAS Barbers Point    AE2687 Mode-S C6548
6550 MH-65D CGAS Miami               AE2688 Mode-S C6550
6551 MH-65E CGAS North Bend       AE2689 Mode-S C6551
6552 MH-65D ATC Mobile                 AE268A Mode-S C6552
6553 MH-65D CGAS Atlantic City    AE268B Mode-S C6553
6554 MH-65D CGAS New Orleans    AE268C Mode-S C6554
6555 MH-65D HITRON Jacksonville AE268D Mode-S C6555
6556 MH-65E ATC Mobile                 AE268E Mode-S C6556
6557 MH-65D ATC Mobile                 AE268F Mode-S C6557
6558 MH-65D CGAS Borinquen        AE2690 Mode-S C6558
6559 MH-65D HITRON Jacksonville AE2691 Mode-S C6559
6560 MH-65D CGAS Atlantic City     AE2692 Mode-S C6560
6561 MH-65D CGAS Humboldt Bay  AE2693 Mode-S C6561
6562 MH-65E CGAS San Francisco    AE2694 Mode-S C6562
6563 MH-65D CGAS Atlantic City     AE2695 Mode-S C6563
6564 MH-65D HITRON Jacksonville  AE2696 Mode-S C6564
6565 MH-65D                                      AE2697 Mode-S C6565
6566 MH-65D CGAS Atlantic City     AE2698 Mode-S C6566
6567 MH-65D CGAS San Francisco   AE2699 Mode-S C6567
6568 MH-65D CGAS Detroit              AE269A Mode-S C6568
6569 MH-65D CGAS New Orleans    AE269B Mode-S C6569
6570 MH-65D CGAS New Orleans    AE269C Mode-S C6570
6571 MH-65D CGAS Kodiak             AE269D Mode-S C6571
6572 MH-65D CGAS Atlantic City     AE269E Mode-S C6572
6573 MH-65D CGAS Borinquen         AE269F Mode-S C6573
6574 MH-65D CGAS North Bend       AE26A0 Mode-S C6574
6575 MH-65D CGAS Atlantic City     AE26A1 Mode-S C6575
6576 MH-65D CGAS Savannah          AE26A2 Mode-S C6576
6577 MH-65D CGAS Corpus Christi  AE26A3 Mode-S C6577
6578 MH-65D CGAS Atlantic City     AE26A4 Mode-S C6578
6579 MH-65D CGAS Atlantic City     AE26A5 Mode-S C6579
6580 MH-65D                                      AE26A6 Mode-S C6580
6581 MH-65D                                      AE26A7 Mode-S C6581
6582 MH-65D CGAS Atlantic City    AE26A8 Mode-S C6582
6583 MH-65D CGAS Miami              AE26A9 Mode-S C6583
6584 MH-65D CGAS Detroit             AE26AA Mode-S C6584
6585 MH-65D CGAS Detroit             AE26AB Mode-S C6585
6586 MH-65E CGAS Miami              AE26AC Mode-S C6586
6587 MH-65E ATC Mobile                 AE26AD Mode-S C6587
6588 MH-65D CGAS Atlantic City    AE26AE Mode-S C6588
6589 MH-65D                                     AE26AF Mode-S C6589
6590 MH-65E CGAS Miami              AE26B0 Mode-S C6590
6591 MH-65E CGAS Miami              AE26B1 Mode-S C6591
6592 MH-65D CGAS Corpus Christi AE26B2 Mode-S C6592
6593 MH-65E CGAS Houston           AE26B3 Mode-S C6593
6594 MH-65E CGAS Port Angeles    AE26B4 Mode-S C6594
6595 MH-65D CGAS Barbers Point   AE26B5 Mode-S C6595
6596 MH-65E CGAS Miami              AE26B6 Mode-S C6596
6597 MH-65D CGAS North Bend     AE26B7 Mode-S C6597
6598 MH-65D CGAS Savannah        AE26B8 Mode-S C6598
6599 MH-65D HITRON Jacksonville AE26B9 Mode-S C6599
6601 MH-65D ALC Elizabeth City
6602 MH-65D ALC Elizabeth City
6603 MH-65D HITRON Jacksonville AE26BA Mode-S C6603
6604 MH-65D CGAS North Bend     AE26BB Mode-S C6604
6605 MH-65D CGAS Atlantic City   AE26BC Mode-S C6605
6606 MH-65D CGAS Savannah        AE26BD Mode-S C6606
6607 MH-65D CGAS New Orleans   AE26BE Mode-S C6607
6608 MH-65E CGAS Humboldt Bay AE26BF Mode-S C6608


USCG Surface Asset Guide 

420-Foot Healy Class Icebreaker

The Coast Guard’s largest ship, the CGC Healy, was launched in 1997 and commissioned in 2000, joining the two Polar-class icebreakers in their homeport of Seattle, Washington. The 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 capable of breaking 4.5 feet of ice continuously at 3 knots and can operate in temperatures as low as minus 50 degrees F. The scientific community provided invaluable input on lab layouts and scientific capabilities during the design and construction of the ship. As a Coast Guard cutter, the Healy is also a capable platform for supporting other potential missions in the polar regions and is capable of accommodating two H-65 Dolphin helicopters or one Dolphin and one H-60 Jayhawk helicopter.

• Length: 420 feet, Beam: 82 feet, Displacement: 16,000 tons
• Power plant: Four diesels, two shafts, 30,000 shaft horsepower (shp)
• Speed: 17 knots, Range: 16,000 nautical miles at 12.5 knots; 37,000 miles at 9.25 knots

Hull             Name          Intl Call    Homeport      MMSI Number/ALE Address
WAGB 20 Healy            NEPP        Seattle WA    303902000/ALE-EPP

418-Foot Legend Class National Security Cutter (NSC/WMSL)

National Security Cutter (NSC), 418-foot Legend-class The first major cutter to join the Coast Guard as part of the fleet recapitalization plan, the national security cutter is the largest and most technologically advanced of the service’s new cutters. At 418 feet in length, capable of speeds up to 28 knots, with a crew complement of 122 and a displacement of 4,500 long tons, the Legend-class cutters are capable of better seakeeping and higher sustained speeds as well as greater endurance than legacy cutters.

The ships, being acquired by the Coast Guard Acquisition Directorate, feature modern command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities and provide interoperability with U.S. Navy systems and a common operational picture to enhance maritime domain awareness. In addition to a helicopter deck, the class has a stern ramp for launching and recovering two classes of rigid-hull inflatable (RHIB) cutter boats that deploy with the NSC: the 35-foot CB-LRI-II and the 26-foot CB-OTH-IV. The NSC can carry a total of three boats: one LRI-II and two CB-OTH-IVs. The first cutter, Bertholf, was commissioned on Aug. 4, 2008, and completed its first extended operations in 2009. The second cutter, Waesche, was commissioned on May 7, 2010. The third, Stratton, was commissioned on March 31, 2012. Hamilton, the fourth NSC, was commissioned in December 2014. The fifth, James, was commissioned in August 2015. The sixth NSC, Munro, was christened in November 2014, and the seventh, Kimball, is under construction. The Coast Guard plans the construction of eight national security cutters.

The NSC is armed with a 57 mm/Mk. 110 gun, which is also employed by the Navy’s littoral combat ships, and four M2 .50-caliber machine guns. The NSC can accommodate two H-65s, or one H-65 or H-60, and two vertically launched unmanned aerial vehicles, or other combinations.

• Length: 418 feet, Beam: 54 feet, Displacement: 4,500 long tons full load
• Power plant: Combined diesel and gas (CODAG); one 30,565 SHP gas turbine engine and two
9,655 HP diesel engines
• Speed/Range: up to 28 knots and a range of 12,000 nautical miles
• Armament: Mk. 110 57 mm gun; Phalanx 20 mm close-in weapon system; Mk. 53 decoy launching system (NULKA); and four M2 .50-caliber machine guns

Hull             Name          Intl Call    Homeport                    MMSI Number/ALE Address
WMSL 750 Bertholf      NBCQ    Alameda CA                   369980000/ALE-BCQ
WMSL 751 Waesche     NBGN    Alameda CA                   338850000/ALE-WAE
WMSL 752 Stratton      NHTC     Alameda CA                   368798000/ALE-HTC
WMSL 753  Hamilton   NMAG   Charleston SC                 368883000/ALE-MAG
WMSL 754  James        NJAM     Charleston SC                 368884000/ALE-JAM
WMSL 755  Munro       NMUN    Alameda CA                   303866000/ALE-MUN
WMSL 756  Kimball     NKIM     Honolulu HI                    303867000
WMSL 757  Midgett     NMID      Honolulu HI                   303868000
WMSL-758  Stone        NSTO      Charleston, SC                338848000 
WMSL-759  Calhoun    NCHN     Charleston, SC
WMSL-760  Friedman   NFRI      Under Construction

399-Foot Polar Class Icebreaker

The Polar-class icebreakers, built in the 1970s, were designed for open-water icebreaking and have reinforced hulls, special icebreaking bows, and a system that allows rapid shifting of ballast to increase the effectiveness of their ice-breaking. These ships are capable of continuous progress through ice 6 feet thick at a speed of up to 3 knots. The CGCs Polar Sea and Polar Star were built to serve in the Arctic and Antarctic, supporting science and research as well as providing resupply to remote stations, but their capabilities also enable them to perform search and rescue, ship escort, environmental protection, and enforcement of laws and treaties in places most ships cannot reach. They are fully equipped for helicopter berthing and deck operations and can carry two H-60 Jayhawks or H-65 Dolphins. Polar Star was reactivated in December 2012 after three years of refurbishment and modernization. Polar Sea remains laid up while its disposition is determined. The Coast Guard is conducting requirements generation and associated preliminary acquisition tasks for a new heavy icebreaker.

• Length: 399 feet, Beam: 83.5 feet, Displacement (28-foot draft): 13,194 tons full load
• Power plant: Six Alco diesels, 3,000 bhp each, three gas turbines, 25,000 shp each, electric drive, three shafts, 66,000 shp
• Speed: 18 knots, Range: 16,000 nautical miles at 18 knots; 28,275 at 13 knots

Hull             Name          Intl Call    Homeport      MMSI Number/ALE Address
WAGB 10  Polar Star      NBTM       Seattle WA  367255000/ALE-BTM

360-Foot Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC/WMSM)

Offshore patrol cutters (OPCs) will provide the midrange capability in the Coast Guard’s layered defense concept, filling the role between the NSC and FRC and replacing the service’s two classes of aging medium endurance cutters. The OPC is to feature increased range and endurance, more powerful weapons, a larger flight deck, and improved C4ISR equipment and will accommodate aircraft and boat operations in higher sea states. Using a two-phase acquisition strategy that emphasizes affordability as a major requirement, the service awarded three Phase I contracts in February 2014 for preliminary and contract design (P&CD) to Bollinger Shipyards Lockport LLC (Lockport, Louisiana); Eastern Shipbuilding Group Inc. (Panama City, Florida); and General Dynamics, Bath Iron Works (Bath, Maine). At the end of the 18-month Phase I period, the Coast Guard will select one team to develop Phase II detail design and construction of the first OPC of a planned 25-ship class.

• Length: 360 feet, Displacement: 3,200 Tons, Speed: 22 knots, 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

Hull               Name          Intl Call    Homeport         MMSI Number/ALE Address
WMSM 915  Argus          NARG      San Pedro CA
WMSM 916  Chase          NCHA      San Pedro CA
WMSM 917  Ingham        NING       Kodiak AK
WMSM 918  Rush            NRUH      Kodiak AK
WMSM 919  Pickering     NPIC        Newport RI
WMSM 920  Icarus           NICA       Newport RI (Planned)
WMSM 921  Active  Planned
WMSM 922  Diligence  Planned
WMSM 923  Alert  Planned
WMSM 924  Vigilant  Planned
WMSM 925  Reliance  Planned

Coast Guard Eagle Training Barque

The tall ship Eagle is a three-masted sailing barque with 21,350 square feet of sail, homeported at the Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut. It is the only active (operational) commissioned sailing vessel in the U.S. maritime services. Seventh in a line of cutters to bear its name, the CGC Eagle was built in 1936 by Blohm and Voss in Hamburg, Germany, as a training vessel for German naval cadets.

It was taken as a war prize in 1946, commissioned into Coast Guard service as the Eagle, and sailed from Bremerhaven, Germany, to New London, Connecticut. The Eagle serves as a seagoing classroom for approximately 175 cadets and instructors from the academy. On the Eagle, cadets apply the navigation, engineering, and other skills they develop in classes at the academy.

Eagle’s hull is built of steel, four-tenths of an inch thick. It has two full-length steel decks with a platform deck below and a raised forecastle and quarterdeck. The weather decks are 3-inch-thick teak over steel. When at home, the Eagle is moored at the Fort Trumbull State Park on the Thames River. Eagle began the first phase of a four-year refit and renovation program at the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Maryland, on Sept. 26. The work will proceed in phases so that training periods at sea can continue. The first phase includes maintenance of the rudder, hull and rigging, lead ballast replacement, and berthing area renovations.

• Length: 295 feet, Beam: 39 feet, Displacement: 1,824 tons full load
• Power plant: Diesel, one shaft, 1,000 bhp, 21,350-square-foot sail area
• Speed: 10 knots under power; 16 knots under sail, Range: 5,450 nautical miles under power

Hull             Name          Intl Call    Homeport            MMSI Number/ALE Address
WIX 327     Eagle          NRCB      New London CT  303990000/ALE-RCB

282-foot Alex Haley Class Medium Endurance Cutter

The cutter Alex Haley (WMEC 39) is a one-of-a-kind Coast Guard ship, named for the service’s first chief journalist, who later wrote Roots and won a Pulitzer Prize. Commissioned in 1971 as the Navy salvage and rescue ship USS Edenton (ATS 1), the vessel was transferred to the Coast Guard in November 1997 for conversion into a medium endurance cutter. The cutter’s primary missions are law enforcement, domestic fisheries enforcement, and SAR in Alaskan waters. With a crew of 99, the ship can accommodate a single H-65 Dolphin or MH-60 Jayhawk.

• Length: 282 feet, Beam: 50 feet, Displacement: 3,000 tons full load
• Power plant: Four Caterpillar diesels, two shafts; bow thruster
• Speed: 16 knots, Range: 10,000 nautical miles at 13 knots
• Armament: Two Mk. 38 25 mm cannons; two .50-caliber machine guns

Hull             Name          Intl Call    Homeport      MMSI Number/ALE Address
WMEC 39 Alex Haley   NZPO      Kodiak AK    338945000/ALE-ZPO

270-Foot Famous Class Medium-Endurance Cutter

The first of 13 Famous-class cutters, the Bear (WMEC 901), entered service in 1983, and these ships have become a familiar sight on the world’s oceans ever since. Together with the 14 Reliance-class vessels, Famous-class cutters are the service’s primary tools for law enforcement, counterdrug, and SAR missions. These ships are the most modern and advanced medium endurance cutters, with modern weapons and sensor suites. They have long been equipped with a Command, Display, and Control (COMDAC) computerized ship control system that was significantly updated in the 1990s and makes these ships effective with smaller crews. Famous-class ships operate with a crew of 100.

Armament includes a Mk 75 76 mm fully automatic gun capable of firing up to 80 rounds per minute. The Shipboard Command and Control System (SCCS) uses radar, LORAN (long-range navigation), and GPS (Global Positioning System) technologies. SCCS is an integrated and sophisticated system that brings the ship’s electronic resources together to facilitate operations.

Famous-class cutters are able to land, launch, and service the H-65 Dolphin, and some can also operate the Jayhawk. A Dolphin and a five-member aviation detachment usually deploy with the ship. The cutter’s active stabilization system extends the operating parameters of the cutter aircraft team by providing a stable platform for flight evolutions during rough sea conditions. This allows the cutters to serve the vital role of search and rescue in almost any storm or location. For law enforcement boardings these cutters carry a 23-foot over-the-horizon cutter boat and a 19-foot rigid hull inflatable boat.

Under the Mission Effectiveness Project (MEP), Famousclass cutters received capability enhancements, major maintenance, and replacement of obsolete, unsupportable, or maintenance-intensive equipment, which included installing improved C4ISR suites. The Reliance-class ships also underwent MEP. All 270-foot cutters finished their MEP in September 2014, ensuring their operational reliability until their replacement by the offshore patrol cutter.

• Length: 270 feet, Beam: 38 feet. Displacement: 1,820 tons full load
• Power plant: Two 3,650-hp V-18 Alco diesel engines, two shafts
• Speed: 20 knots, Range: Just under 3,800 nautical miles at 19.5 knots; 9,900 nautical miles at 12 knots
• Armament: One Mk. 75 76 mm gun, two .50-caliber machine guns, two SRBOC launchers

Hull             Name          Intl Call    Homeport      MMSI Number/ALE Address
WMEC 901  Bear              NRKN  Portsmouth VA   367286000/ALE-RKN
WMEC 902  Tampa           NIKL    Portsmouth VA   367290000/ALE-IKL
WMEC 903  Harriet Lane NHNC  Portsmouth VA   367291000/ALE-HNC
WMEC 904  Northland     NLGF   Portsmouth VA   367259000/ALE-LGV
WMEC 905  Spencer        NWHE  Boston MA         367258000/ALE-ROS
WMEC 906  Seneca         NFMK   Portsmouth VA   367285000/ALE-FMK
WMEC 907  Escanaba      NNAS   Boston MA         367262000/ALE-NAS
WMEC 908  Tahoma        NCBE   NS Newport RI   367288000/ALE-CBE
WMEC 909  Campbell     NRDC   NS Newport RI   367289000/ALE-RDC
WMEC 910  Thetis           NYWL  Key West FL       367876000/ALE-YWL
WMEC 911  Forward        NICB    Portsmouth VA   367261000/ALE-ICB
WMEC 912  Legare          NRPM  Portsmouth VA    367287000/ALE-RPM
WMEC 913  Mohawk       NRUF   Key West FL       367260000/ALE-RUF

240-Foot Great Lakes Class Icebreaker

The CGC Mackinaw (WLBB 30), like its predecessor of the same name, was designed specifically for the Great Lakes, where its mission has been to keep the shipping lanes open through as much of the winter as possible. Like the former Mackinaw (WAGB 83), the new ship is homeported in Cheboygan, Michigan, and remains the only U.S. heavy icebreaking resource assigned to the Great Lakes. The ship performs ice-breaking as well as ATON (aids to navigation), search and rescue (SAR), law enforcement, and other missions. It has a crew of nine officers and 46 enlisted members. The Mackinaw features state-of-the-art navigation, communication, and security systems and is able to carry a smaller crew than its namesake. The vessel also has a 20-ton crane for servicing aids to navigation and an oil spill recovery system on board. It uses two podded propulsors and a bow thruster to provide excellent maneuverability and is designed to break through 32 inches of ice at 3 knots.

• Length: 240 feet, Beam: 58 feet, 6 inches, Draft: 16 feet, Displacement: 3,500 tons full load
• Power plant: Three 4,200-bhp ABT diesel generators; two ABT 3,350-kw azipod propulsion units
• Speed: 15 knots, Range: 4,000 nautical miles

Hull             Name          Intl Call      Homeport          MMSI Number/ALE Address
WLBB 30 Mackinaw     NBGB        Cheboygan MI  369992000/ALE-BGB

225-Foot Juniper Class Seagoing Buoy Tender

Juniper-class buoy tenders are seagoing Coast Guard cutters responsible for maintaining short- and long-range ATON such as fixed structures and buoys. They have replaced the aging Balsam class of World War II-era buoy tenders. Buoy tenders provide light ice-breaking in ice-laden domestic waters. Buoy tenders are multi-mission vessels, and conduct maritime law enforcement, homeland security, and defense operations, as well as provide search and rescue assistance should the need arise. The 225-foot Juniper’s twin diesel engine propulsion system supplies the speed and maneuverability necessary to tend coastal and offshore buoys in exposed locations. Perhaps the most important advance is the use of a new Dynamic Positioning System (DPS). DPS uses a differential GPS to fix positions. Using this technology, the crews are able to maintain the vessel’s position within a 10-meter circle in winds of up to 30 knots and waves of up to 8 feet. The Juniper class cutters are to undergo a mid-life renovation under the In-Service Vessel Sustainment (ISVS) project.

• Length: 225 feet, Beam: 46 feet, Displacement: 2,000 tons, Buoy deck area: 2,875 square feet
• Power plant: Two Caterpillar 3608 diesels, one shaft, 6,200 bhp
• Speed: 15 knots, Range: 6,000 nautical miles at 12 knots
• Armament: Two .50-caliber machine guns

Hull             Name          Intl Call      Homeport              MMSI Number/ALE Address
WLB 201  Juniper        NJUN          Honolulu, HI          366952000/ALE-DJV
WLB 202  Willow        NIIW           Charleston SC        368782000/ALE-IIW
WLB 203  Kukui          NKJU          Sitka AK                368826000/ALE-KJI
WLB 204  Elm             NRPK          Astoria OR             366951000/ALE-RPK
WLB 205  Walnut         NZNE         Pensacola FL          366953000/ALE-ZNE
WLB 206  Spar             NJAR          Duluth MN             368856000
WLB 207  Maple          NWBE        Atlantic Beach NC  368857000/ALE-WBE
WLB 208  Aspen          NTUG         San Francisco CA   303865000/ALE-TUG
WLB 209  Sycamore    NTGG         Newport RI             368014000
WLB 210  Cypress       NCPI           Kodiak AK              368028000/ALE-CPI
WLB 211  Oak             NAXQ         Newport RI             369906000/ALE-AXQ
WLB 212  Hickory       NAZJ          Homer AK              369916000
WLB 213  Fir               NAYV         Cordova AK            369915000/ALE-AYV
WLB 214  Hollyhock   NHHF         Port Huron MI        369932000/ALE-HHF
WLB 215  Sequoia       NBHF         Apra Harbor GU     369941000/ALE-BHF
WLB 216  Alder           NGML        San Francisco CA   369953000/ALE-GML

210-Foot Reliance Class Medium-Endurance Cutter

The 14 Reliance-class cutters work alongside the Famous class ships, carrying out primarily law enforcement and search and rescue missions. The 210-foot ships were the first true post-World War II Coast Guard cutters. Outwardly, these ships reflect evolving Coast Guard operations during the latter part of the 20th century – sleek lines, flight decks, and a high pilothouse giving the bridge crew excellent all-around visibility. They do not have a helicopter hangar but can operate a single H-65 Dolphin on deck. It has a crew complement of 77.

Although lightly armed, these cutters were designed to carry additional armament including a 3-inch gun, a total of six .50-caliber machine guns, an SQS-17 sonar (later suggestions included using an SQS-36), an anti-submarine projector (Hedgehog), and/or two torpedo launchers. None of this armament was ever actually installed.

From 1986 to 1996, ships of this class underwent a midlife maintenance availability to upgrade machinery and equipment. There were 16 Reliance-class cutters, but budget cuts prompted the decommissioning of the Courageous (WMEC 622) and the Durable (WMEC 628) in 2001.

To prolong the longevity of the remaining cutters, the Coast Guard began the MEP in 2005 to increase operational availability by installing capability enhancements, performing major maintenance, and replacing obsolete, unsupportable, or maintenance-intensive equipment. The successful conclusion of the MEP in September 2014 ensures the operational reliability of these cutters until their replacement by the offshore patrol cutter.

• Length: 210 feet, Beam: 34 feet, Displacement: 1,000 tons
• Power plant: Two Alco 16V-251 diesel engines, two shafts, 5,000 bhp
• Speed: 18 knots, Range: 6,100 nautical miles at 12 knots
• Armament: One Mk. 38 25 mm cannon and two .50-caliber machine guns

Hull             Name          Intl Call    Homeport                MMSI Number/ALE Address
WMEC 615  Reliance        NJPJ       Pensacola, FL        367297000/ALE-JPJ
WMEC 616  Diligence      NMUD   Pensacola FL         367267000/ALE-MUD
WMEC 617  Vigilant         NHIC     Port Canaveral FL  367293000/ALE-HIC
WMEC 618  Active            NRTF    Port Angeles WA    367269000/ALE-RTF
WMEC 619  Confidence    NHKW  Port Canaveral FL  367292000/ALE-HKW
WMEC 620  Resolute        NRLT     St. Petersburg FL   367296000/ALE-RLT
WMEC 621  Valiant          NVAI      NS Mayort FL       367264000/ALE-VAI
WMEC 623  Steadfast       NSTF     Astoria OR             367265000/ALE-STF
WMEC 624  Dauntless      NDTS     Pensacola FL         367295000/ALE-DTS
WMEC 625  Venturous     NVES     St. Petersburg FL   367877000/ALE-VES
WMEC 626  Dependable  NOWK   Virginia Bch VA     367294000/ALE-OWK
WMEC 627  Vigorous      NQSP      Little Creek VA      367263000/ALE-QSP
WMEC 629  Decisive       NUHC    Pensacola FL          367298000/ALE-UHC
WMEC 630  Alert             NZVE    Astoria OR              367299000/ALE-ZVE

175-Foot Keeper Class Coastal Buoy Tender

The 175-foot Keeper-class coastal buoy tenders are a new era in buoy tending, equipped with Z-drive propulsion units instead of the standard propeller and rudder configuration. The propulsion units are designed to independently rotate 360 degrees. Combined with a thruster in the bow, they give the Keeper-class cutters unmatched maneuverability. With state-of-the-art electronics and navigation systems including DPS, which uses differential GPS and electronic chart displays, it is possible to maneuver and position navigation aids with a smaller crew. Carrying a crew of 24, ships in this class are named for well-known lighthouse keepers. Although not classified as icebreakers, these ships can move through 9 inches of ice at 3 knots.

• Length: 175 feet, Beam: 36 feet, Displacement: 845 tons
• Power plant: Two Caterpillar 3508TA diesels, two Ulstein Z-drive, 2,040 bhp
• Speed: 12 knots, Range: 2,000 nautical miles at 10 knots CGC George Cobb

Hull             Name                   Intl Call    Homeport              MMSI Number/ALE Address
WLM 551  Ida Lewis               NISS          Newport RI            366086378
WLM 552  Katherine Walker  NKFW        Bayonne NJ           368975000
WLM 553  Abbie Burgess       NVAF         Rockland ME         368941000/ALE-VAF
WLM 554  Marcus Hanna       NMGH       S. Portland ME      368905000
WLM 555  James Rankin        NUVD        Baltimore MD       368777000
WLM 556  Joshua Appleby     NJTH         St Petersburg FL    368732000/ALE-JTH 
WLM 557  Frank Drew           NKDL        Portsmouth VA       368731000/ALE-KDL
WLM 558  Anthony Petit        NERW        Ketchikan AK        366969000
WLM 559  Barbara Mabrity    NERA         Mobile AL             366968000
WLM 560  William Tate          NNIA         Philadelphia PA      338954000,
WLM 561  Harry Claiborne     NNIC         Galveston TX         338953000/ALE-NIC
WLM 562  Maria Bray            NTUU        Atlantic Beach NC  338923000
WLM 563  Henry Blake          NTVT         Seattle WA               338922000,
WLM 564  George Cobb         NTVY        San Pedro CA           338921000

160-Foot Inland Construction Tender

The Coast Guard’s inland construction tenders are broken into three classes, all designed for the construction, repair, and maintenance of fixed ATON and all operating on inland waters. The 160-foot WLICs are single units without barges. The 75-foot WLICs push either a 68- or 84-foot construction barge. The one 100-foot WLIC pushes a 70-foot construction barge. The barges are equipped with cranes and other ATON equipment to drive piles and work the smaller-sized buoys. The earliest of these tenders date to the 1940s and have crews of 13 to 15.

• Length: 160 feet, Beam: 30 feet, Displacement: 411 tons
• Power plant: Two Caterpillar D379 diesels, two shafts, 1,000 bhp
• Speed: 11 knots, Range: 1,205 nautical miles at 6.5 knots

Hull             Name          Intl Call    Homeport                    MMSI Number/ALE Address
WLIC 800 Pamlico        NAYE       New Orleans LA         366999557
WLIC 801 Hudson        NCWX      Miami FL                    366999791/ALE-CWX
WLIC 802 Kennebec     NRDJ        Portsmouth VA           366999642
WLIC 803 Saginaw       NJOY        Mobile AL                  366999558

154-Foot Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutter

The Sentinel-class is a key component of the Coast Guard’s recapitalized fleet and is critically needed to replace the aging 110-foot Island-class patrol boat fleet. The first cutter in this class, Bernard C. Webber, was delivered in February 2012. To honor past Coast Guard members, each cutter in this class will be named one of the service’s many enlisted heroes. These cutters will be able to deploy independently to conduct the service’s missions, such as port, waterway, and coastal security; fishery patrols; drug and illegal immigrant law enforcement; SAR; and national defense operations. The cutters’ C4ISR suites will be completely interoperable with U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security assets. The 154-foot cutters have a speed of more than 28 knots and are based on an existing patrol boat design from Damen Shipyards. This vessel class is planned for a total of 58 patrol boats.

• Manufacturer: Bollinger Shipyards Inc., Parent craft designer: Damen
• Length: 154 feet, Beam: 25 feet, Displacement: 353 metric tons
• Power plant: Two 4,300 kw MTU diesel engines
• Speed: 28-plus knots, Endurance: five days
• Crew: 24 (four officers, 20 enlisted)
• Armament: One stabilized 25 mm machine gun mount and four non-stabilized crew-served .50-caliber machine guns

Hull             Name                      Intl Call     Homeport         MMSI Number/ALE Address
WPC 1101  Bernard C. Webber     NPEG    Miami FL           338926401/ALE-PEG
WPC 1102  Richard Etheridge       NJFB     Miami FL           338926402/ALE-JFB
WPC 1103  William Flores            NILB     Miami FL           338926403/ALE-ILB
WPC 1104  Robert Yered               NAGP    Miami FL           338926404
WPC 1105  Margaret Norvell        NFPE     Miami FL           338926405/ALE-FPE
WPC 1106  Paul Clark                   NAAD   Miami FL           338926406/ALE-AAD
WPC 1107  Charles David Jr.        NAKJ     Key West FL      338926407/ALE-AKJ
WPC 1108  Charles W. Sexton      NDRA    Key West FL      338926408/ALE-DRA
WPC 1109  Kathleen Moore          NDVB   Key West FL      338926409/ALE-DVB
WPC 1110  Raymond Evans         NEJA      Key West FL      338926410/ALE-EJA
WPC 1111  William Trump           NECW   Key West FL       338926411
WPC 1112  Isaac Mayo                 NEAP    Key West FL       338926412/ALE-EAP
WPC 1113  Richard Dixon            NDOA   San Juan PR        338926413/ALE-DOA
WPC 1114  Heriberto Hernandez  NDOB   San Juan PR        338926414
WPC 1115  Joseph Napier             NDOC   San Juan PR        338926415
WPC 1116  Winslow W. Griesser  NDOD   San Juan PR        338926416
WPC 1117  Donald Horsley           NDOE   San Juan PR       338926417/ALE-DOE
WPC 1118  Joseph Tezanos           NDOF    San Juan PR       338926418/ALE-DOF
WPC 1119  Rollin A. Fritch           NDOG   Cape May NJ     338926419
WPC 1120  Lawrence O. Lawson  NDOH   Cape May NJ     338926420/ALE-DOH
WPC 1121  John F. McCormick    NDOI     Ketchikan AK    338926421
WPC 1122  Bailey T. Barco           NBAB    Ketchikan AK    338926422
WPC 1123  Benjamin B. Dailey    NDOJ     Pascagoula MS   338926423/ALE-DOJ
WPC 1124  Oliver F. Perry            NOBY    Honolulu HI       338926424/ALE-OBY
WPC 1125  Jacob L.A. Poroo        NJPO     Pascagoula MS   338926425/ALE-JPO
WPC 1126  Joseph Gerczak           NJOG    Honolulu HI        338926426/ALE-JOG
WPC-1127  Richard T. Snyder       NRIS     Atlantic Bch NC  338926427/ALE-RIS
WPC-1128  Nathan Bruckenthal    NNBR   Atlantic Bch NC  338926428/ALE-NBR
WPC-1129  Forrest O. Rednour     NFRE    San Pedro CA      338926429/ALE-FRE
WPC-1130  Robert G. Ward           NRTW  San Pedro CA      338926439/ALE-RTW
WPC-1131  Terrell Horne III          NTHE   San Pedro CA      338926431/ALE-THE
WPC-1132  Benjamin Bottoms      NBNB   San Pedro CA      338926432/ALE-BNB
WPC-1133  Joseph Doyle               NJDE    San Juan PR        338926433
WPC-1134  William Hart               NWMH  Honolulu HI       338926434/ALE-WMH
WPC-1135  Angela McShan           NAMN  Cape May NJ      338926435/ALE-AMN
WPC-1136  Daniel Tarr                  NDTR    Galveston TX     366000270
WPC-1137  Edgar Culbertson        NECN    Galveston TX     338926437
WPC-1138  Harold Miller              NHDM   Galveston TX     338926438
WPC-1139  Myrtle Hazard             NMHD   Key West FL      338926439/ALE-MHD
WPC-1140  Oliver Hazard              NOHY   Key West FL      338926440
WPC-1141  Charles Moulthrop      NCMP   Manama. Bahrein 338926441
WPC-1142  Robert Goldman          NRTG   Manama. Bahrein 338926442
WPC-1143  Frederick Hatch           NFHH   Apra Harbor GU  338926443 
WPC-1144  Glenn Harris                NGNH  Manama. Bahrein 338926444/ALE-GNB
WPC-1145  Emlen Tinnel               NENT   Manama. Bahrein 338926445 
WPC-1146  John Scheuerman         NJNS   Manama. Bahrein 338926446/ALE-JNS 
WPC-1147  Clarence Sutphin         NCES   Manama. Bahrein 338926447 
WPC-1148  Pablo Valent                NPOV   St, Petersburg FL  338926448 
WPC-1149  Douglas Deman          NDSD   Ketchikan AK       338926449/ALE-DSD
WPC-1150  William Chadwick      NWMC Boston MA           338926450/ALE-WMC
WPC-1151  Wayne Deyampert       NWND Boston MA           338926451
WPC-1152  Maurice Jester             NMEJ   Boston MA           338926452
WPC-1153  John Patterson             NJNP                                 338926453 
WPC-1154  William Sparling         NWMS  Boston MA          338926454 
WPC-1155  Melvin Bell                 NMNB                               
WPC-1156  Dave Duren                 Under Contruction
WPC-1157  Florence Finch            Under Contract
WPC-1158  John Witherspoon       Under Contract
WPC-1159  Earl Cunningham        Under Contract
WPC-1160  Frederick Mann          Under Contract
WPC-1161  Olivia Hooker             Under Contract
WPC-1162  Vincent Danz              Under Contract
WPC-1163  Jeffery Palazzo           Under Contract
WPC-1164  Marvin Perrett            Under Contract

140-Foot Bay Class Icebreaking Tug

Photo of USCGC Katmai Bay (WTGB-101)

The 140-foot Bay-class cutters are single-screw tugs used primarily for domestic icebreaking duties. They are named after American bays and are stationed mainly in the northeastern United States and the Great Lakes. They 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, thereby reducing horsepower requirements. A 120-foot ATON barge augments the CGCs Bristol Bay and Mobile Bay. The Bay-class cutters have begun a mid-life renovation program under the In-Service Vessel Sustainment (ISVS) project to renew the most elderly or vulnerable components.

• Length: 140 feet, Beam: 37.5 feet, Displacement: 662 tons full load
• Power plant: Two Fairbanks-Morse diesel engines, electric drive, one shaft, 2,500 shp
• Speed: 14.7 knots, Range: 1,500 nautical miles at 14.7 knots; 4,000 nautical miles at 12 knots

Hull             Name                 Intl Call     Homeport                MMSI Number/ALE Address
WTGB 101 Katamai Bay     NRLX        Sault St. Marie MI  366999977/ALE-RLX
WTGB 102 Bristol Bay        NRLY        Detroit MI               366999978/ALE-RLY
WTGB 103 Mobile Bay       NRUR       Sturgeon Bay WI     366999979/ALE-RUR
WTGB 104 Biscayne Bay    NRUS        St Ignace MI            366999980/ALE-RUS
WTGB 105 Neah Bay          NRUU       Cleveland MI           366999981/ALE-RUU
WTGB 106 Morro Bay         NMHK      New London CT     366999985
WTGB 107 Penobscot Bay   NIGY        Bayonne NJ             366999982/ALE-IGY
WTGB 108 Thunder Bay      NNTB       Rockland ME          366999983
WTGB 109 Sturgeon Bay     NSXB       Bayonne NJ             366999984

110-Foot Island Class Patrol Boat

The Coast Guard 110-foot Island-class patrol boats are modified versions of a well-regarded British-designed patrol boat. These ships have excellent range and seakeeping capabilities but are wearing out rapidly and are to be replaced by the fast response cutter. Seventeen 110-foot WPBs were renovated under the Mission Effectiveness Project (MEP) to ensure the 110-foot WPB fleet remains a reliable entity until the arrival of the FRC. The MEP was completed in 2012. Built in the late 1980s, they are equipped with advanced electronics and navigation equipment. WPBs are being decommissioned as more fast response cutters join the fleet.

• Length: 110 feet, Beam: 21 feet, Displacement: 154-165 tons
• Power plant: Two Alco-Paxman Valenta diesel engines, 5,820 bhp; WPB 1338-1349: Caterpillar 3516 diesel engines, 5,460 bhp
• Speed: 28 to 30 knots, Range: 3,380 nautical miles at 8 knots
• Armament: One Mk. 38 25 mm cannon; two .50-caliber machine guns

Hull             Name                Intl Call    Homeport                MMSI Number/ALE Address
WPB 1310  Mustang              NJSH      Seward AK             367951000
WPB 1311  Naushon              NEWR    Homer AK              367950000, MEP Modified
WPB 1312  Sanibel                NDCK    Woods Hole MA     367940000, ALE-DCK, MEP Modified
WPB 1318  Baranof                NCUI     Manama Bahrain    Deployed CENTCOM 
WPB-1319  Chandeleur          NFFS     Valdez AK              367921000/ALE-FFS
WPB-1320  Chincoteague       NAOI    San Juan PR           367902000
WPB 1322  Cuttyhunk            NEDI     Port Angeles WA    367908000, ALE-EDI, MEP Modified
WPB 1324  Key Largo            NGEI     Gloucester MA       367925000/ALE-GEI
WPB 1327  Orcas                   NTBZ     Coos Bay OR         367907000/ALE-TBZ
WPB 1329  Sitkinak               NBNW   Portland ME            367923000/ALE-BNW, MEP Modified
WPB 1330  Tybee                   NERH    Woods Hole MA     367912000/ALE-ERH, MEP Modified
WPB 1334  Liberty                 NJHT      Valdex AK             367949000/ALE-JHT
WPB 1335  Anacapa               NEXY    Petersburg AK        367947000, MEP Modified
WPB 1336  Kiska                    NUSF    Apra Harbor GU     367914000/ALE-USF
WPB 1348  Knight Island       NMFN    Key West FL          367905000/ALE-MFN

100-Foot Inland Buoy Tender

• Length: 100 feet, Beam: 24 feet, Displacement: 174 tons full load
• Power plant: Two diesels, two shafts, 600-660 bhp
• Speed: 10.5 knots, Range: 2,000-2,700 nautical miles at 7 knots

Hull             Name             Intl Call     Homeport                     MMSI Number/ALE Address
WLI 313     Bluebell          NODD      Portland OR                 369493484
WLI 642     Buckthorn       NADT      Sault St. Marie MI       366999529

100-Foot Inland Construction Tender

USCGC Smilax underway.jpg

The Coast Guard’s inland construction tenders are broken into three classes, all designed for the construction, repair, and maintenance of fixed ATON and all operating on inland waters. The 160-foot WLICs are single units without barges. The 75-foot WLICs push either a 68- or 84-foot construction barge. The one 100-foot WLIC pushes a 70-foot construction barge. The barges are equipped with cranes and other ATON equipment to drive piles and work the smaller-sized buoys. The earliest of these tenders date to the 1940s and have crews of 13 to 15.

• Length: 100 feet, Beam: 24 feet, Displacement: 178 tons
• Power plant: Two Caterpillar 3412, two shafts, 1250 bhp
• Speed: 10 knots, Range: 1,200 nautical miles at 7 knots

Hull             Name          Intl Call    Homeport                  MMSI Number/ALE Address
WLIC 315   Smilax       NRYN       Atlantic Beach NC    366999640

87-Foot Marine Protector Class Patrol Boat

The Marine Protector is an innovative, multi-mission class of vessel capable of performing search and rescue, law enforcement, fishery patrols, drug interdiction, illegal immigrant interdiction, and homeland security duties up to 200 miles offshore. The 73 cutters in this class carry an 11-person crew and are capable of achieving a maximum continuous speed of 25 knots. The class offers numerous improvements over the former 82-foot Point-class vessels, including improved seakeeping abilities (up to sea state 5), enhanced habitability, and compliance with current and projected environmental protection laws. The Marine Protector class also employs an innovative stern launch and recovery system using aluminum-hulled cutter boats propelled by inboard diesel-powered waterjets. The vastly larger pilothouse is equipped with an integrated bridge system, including an ECDIS (electronic chart display system), which interfaces with surface search radars used by U.S. warships. Four were built specifically to protect Navy ballistic missile submarines while they are in transit in and out of Kings Bay, Georgia, and Bangor, Washington. Production was completed in 2009.

• Length: 87 feet, Beam: 19.4 feet, Displacement: 91 tons full load
• Speed: 25 knots, Range: 900 nautical miles
• Power plant: Two MTU 8V diesel engines

Hull             Name                   Intl Call    Homeport               MMSI Number/ALE Address
WPB 87301  Barracuda          NIUD     Eureka CA                 366999600/ALE-IUD
WPB 87302  Hammerhead     NHAM  Woods Hole MA        366999601/ALE-HAM
WPB 87303  Mako                 NYVC   Gulfport MS               366999602
WPB 87304  Marlin               NJZP      Boston MA                 366999603/ALE-JZP
WPB 87305  Stingray            NBRG    Mobile AL                  366999604/ALE-BRG
WPB 87307  Osprey              NBRF     Port Townsend WA    366999606/ALE-BRF
WPB 87308  Chinook            NZPU     New London CT        366999607/ALE-ZPU
WPB 87310  Tarpon              NTWX    Tybee Island GA        366999617/ALE-TWX
WPB 87311  Cobia                NTXJ      Woods Hole MA        366999658/ALE-TXJ
WPB 87312  Hawksbill         NTXR     Monterey CA             366999663
WPB 87313  Cormorant        NTMF     Charleston SC            366999628/ALE-TMF
WPB 87314  Finback            NTMR     Jonesport ME             366999627
WPB 87315  Amberjack       NTMV     Port Isabel TX            366999713/ALE/TMV
WPB 87316  Kittiwake         NTNL      Honolulu HI               366999665/ALE/TNL
WPB 87317  Blackfin           NTQA     Santa Barbara CA       369885000
WPB 87318  Bluefin             NRKI      Virginia Beach VA      366999620/ALE-RKI
WPB 87319  Yellowfin         NRKG     Charleston SC            366999621/ALE-RKG
WPB 87321  Coho                NARU     New London CT        366999660/ALE-ARU
WPB 87322  Kingfisher        NPAL      Boston MA                366999619/ALE-PAL 
WPB 87323  Seahawk           NZTM    Carrabelle FL             366999616/ALE-ZTM
WPB 87324  Steelhead          NITU      Newport RI                366999550/ALE-ITU
WPB 87325  Beluga              NZSR      Galveston TX            366999653/ALE-ZSR
WPB 87326  Blacktip            NMHU    Oxnard CA                366999655/ALE-MHU
WPB 87327  Pelican              NFSH     St Petersburg FL        366999703/ALE-FSH  
WPB 87328  Ridley               NRDD    Panama City FL         366999707
WPB 87330  Man-O-War      NJQA     Mobile AL                  366999666/ALE-JQA
WPB 87331  Moray               NJZP      Cape Canaveral FL     366999701
WPB 87332  Razorbill           NJSJ      Gulfport MS                366999706/ALE-JSJ
WPB 87333  Adelie               NTRK    Port Angeles WA        366999652/ALE-TRK

WPB 87335  Narwhal            NTHA    Corona Del Mar CA    366999702/ ALE-THA
WPB 87336  Sturgeon           NTGT    Grand Isle LA              366999710/ALE-TGT
WPB 87337  Sockeye            NAVC    Bodega Bay CA           366999709/ALE-AVC
WPB 87338  Ibis                   NWBC   Fort Pierce FL              366999622
WPB 87339  Pompano          NVIP      Gulfport MS                366999705/ALE-VIP
WPB 87340  Halibut             NNGH    Marina Del Rey CA    366999662/ALE/NGH
WPB 87341  Bonito              NNGB     Pensacola FL              366999656/ALE-NGB
WPB 87342  Shrike              NPBG     Port Canaveral FL       366999618/ALE-PBG
WPB 87343  Tern                 NEOT     San Francisco CA        366999711
WPB 87344  Heron              NEPM     Sabine TX                   366999664/ALE-EPM
WPB 87345  Wahoo             NEOB     Port Angeles WA        366999712/ALE-EOB
WPB 87346  Flying Fish      NAXN    Boston MA                  366999647/ALE-AXN
WPB 87347  Haddock          NAXP    San Diego CA              366999661/ALE-AXP
WPB 87348  Brant               NAYS     Corpus Christi TX       366999657/ALE-AYS
WPB 87349  Shearwater      NAYT     Portsmouth VA            366999609/ALE-AYT
WPB 87350  Petrel               NAYU    San Diego CA              366999704/ALE-AYU
WPB 87352  Sea Lion          NSDA    Bellingham WA            366999610/ALE-SDA
WPB 87353  Skipjack          NFOY    Galveston TX               366999611/ALE-FOY
WPB 87354  Dolphin           NAYL    Miami FL                     366999612/ALE-AYL
WPB 87355  Hawk              NAWH   St. Petersburg FL          366999613/ALE-AWH
WPB 87356  Sailfish           NCNF     Sandy Hook NJ            366999614/ALE-CNF
WPB 87357  Sawfish           NBCU    Key West FL                366999615/ALE-BCU
WPB 87358  Swordfish       NMXB    Port Angeles WA         366999629/ALE-MXB
WPB 87359  Tiger Shark     NDOS     Newport RI                  366999630/ALE-DOS
WPB 87360  Blue Shark      NLEX     Everett WA                   366999636
WPB 87361  Sea Horse       NEMY    Panama City FL           366999708/ALE-EMY
WPB 87362  Sea Otter        NJOM      San Diego CA             366999637/ALE-JOM
WPB 87363  Manatee         NDHH     Ingleside TX                366999638/ALE-DHH
WPB 87364  Ahi                 NBDE     Honolulu HI                 366999649
WPB 87365  Pike                NTMB     San Francisco CA        366999650/ALE-TMB
WPB 87366  Terrapin         NUOA     Bellingham WA            366999651
WPB 87367  Sea Dragon    NNGC     MFPU Kings Bay GA  369493396/ALE-NGC
WPB 87368  Sea Devil       NSDD     Bangor WA                   369493397
WPB 87369  Crocodile       NCFA      St. Petersburg FL          369493458
WPB 87370  Diamondback NWGD   Miami FL                      369493459/ALE-WGD
WPB 87371  Reef Shark     NTBD     San Juan PR                  369493460/ALE-TBD
WPB 87372  Alligator        NYNA     St. Petersburg FL          369493387/ALE-YNA
WPB 87373  Sea Dog         NOUA     MFPU Kings Bay GA  369493399/ALE-OUA
WPB 87374  Sea Fox          NOBO     MFPU Bangor WA       369493434/

75-Foot Inland Construction Tender

USCGC Anvil WLIC 75301 Charleston SC (Sep 2013) - Photo by Larry Van Horn N5FPW

The Coast Guard’s inland construction tenders are broken into three classes, all designed for the construction, repair, and maintenance of fixed ATON and all operating on inland waters. The 160-foot WLICs are single units without barges. The 75-foot WLICs push either a 68- or 84-foot construction barge. The one 100-foot WLIC pushes a 70-foot construction barge. The barges are equipped with cranes and other ATON equipment to drive piles and work the smaller-sized buoys. The earliest of these tenders date to the 1940s and have crews of 13 to 15.

• Length: 75 feet, Beam: 22 feet, Displacement: 145 tons
• Power plant: Two Caterpillar D353, two shafts, 750 hp; or two Caterpillar 3412 or V1312TI, two shafts, 1,250-1,350 hp
• Speed: 10 knots, Range: 1,050-1,300 nautical miles at 9 knots; 2,400-2,500 nautical miles at 5 knots

Hull                  Name          Intl Call    Homeport                 MMSI Number/ALE Address
WLIC 75301   Anvil            NMFN   Charleston SC            366999507
WLIC 75302   Hammer       NNWM  Mayport FL                366999509
WLIC 75303   Sledge          NAAE    Baltimore MD            366999646
WLIC 75304   Mallet           NJEB     Corpus Christi TX      366999508
WLIC 75305   Vise              NVGM   St Petersburg FL        366999510
WLIC 75306   Clamp           NSDL    Galveston TX             366999511
WLIC 75309   Hatchet         NXLA    Galveston TX            366999512
WLIC 75310   Axe               NPJW    Morgan City LA         366999513

75-Foot Gasconade River Buoy Tender

The Coast Guard operates 18 tenders of 75-foot and 65-foot lengths on rivers in the western United States, deploying ATON buoys and day boards to mark river channels and ease the efficient flow of commerce. WLRs push barges equipped with cranes that work ATON. Some WLRs are equipped with “jetting” devices that are used to set and anchor buoys in rivers with sandy or muddy bottoms. The barges are an integral part of the ATON mission. Barge lengths vary 90 feet, 99 feet, and 130 feet.

• Length: 75 feet, Beam: 22 feet, Displacement: 140 tons
• Power plant: Two Caterpillar D353 diesels, two shafts, 660-750 hp; or two Caterpillar 3412, two shafts, 1,250 hp
• Speed: 10 knots, Range: 3,100 nautical miles at 6.5 knots

Hull               Name            Intl Call    Homeport                   MMSI Number/ALE Address
WLR 75401   Gasconade   NSAU       Omaha NE                366999514
WLR 75402   Muskingum NBLF        Sallisaw OK              366999515
WLR 75403   Wyaconda    NAGA      Dubuque IA               366999516
WLR 75404   Chippewa    NAGP       Paris Landing TN      366999517
WLR 75405   Cheyenne    NAGF       St. Louis MO             366999645
WLR 75406   Kickapoo    NAHN      Vicksburg MS             366999518
WLR 75407   Kanawha     NAKP       Pine Bluff AR            366999519
WLR 75307   Wedge         NAEQ       Demopolis AL           366999522
WLR 75408   Patoka         NAKC       Greenville MS           366999520
WLR 75409   Chena          NAMM     Hickman KY              366999521

75-Foot Kankakee Class River Buoy Tender

The Coast Guard operates 18 tenders of 75-foot and 65-foot lengths on rivers in the western United States, deploying ATON buoys and day boards to mark river channels and to ease the efficient flow of commerce. WLRs push barges equipped with cranes that work ATON. Some WLRs are equipped with “jetting” devices that are used to set and anchor buoys in rivers with sandy or muddy bottoms. The barges are an integral part of the ATON mission. Barge lengths vary: 90 feet, 99 feet, and 130 feet.

• Length: 75 feet, Beam: 22 feet, Displacement: 175 tons
• Power plant: Two Caterpillar 3412 diesels, two shafts, 1,024 bhp
• Speed: 10 knots, Range: 600 nautical miles at 10 knots
Remarks: New tug-type tenders. Push 130-foot buoy barges.

Hull                Name          Intl Call    Homeport                MMSI Number/ALE Address
WLR 75500   Kankakee   NAMR     Memphis TN           366999523
WLR 75501   Greenbrier  NAOA     Natchez MS             366999524

65-Foot Harbor Tugs

Built between 1962 and 1967, the small, 65-foot harbor tugs are multi-mission cutters that have the distinction of being used only on the East Coast, from Maine to Virginia. With a crew of six, their primary missions are domestic icebreaking, port security, search and rescue, and law enforcement operations on rivers and in littoral areas. They are capable of breaking ice up to 12 inches thick.

• Length: 65 feet, Beam: 16 feet, Displacement: 72 tons full load
• Power plant: One diesel, one shaft, 500 bhp
• Speed: 10 knots, Range: 850 nautical miles at 9.8 knots; 2,700 nautical miles at 5.8 knots

Hull                  Name          Intl Call    Homeport                        MMSI Number/ALE Address
WYTL 65601  Capstan       NAQB      Philadelphia PA              366999527
WYTL 65602  Chock         NASB       Curtis Bay MD               366999643
WYTL 65604  Tackle         NASM      Rockland ME                 366999528
WYTL 65607  Bridle         NATC        Southwest Harbor ME   366999971
WYTL 65608  Pendant      NATN        Boston MA                    366999970
WYTL 65609  Shackle      NAYP        South Portland ME        366999972 
WYTL 65610  Hawser       NAYC       Bayonne NJ                   366999973
WYTL 65611  Line            NAOF       Bayonne NJ                   366999974
WYTL 65612  Wire           NDSB        Saugerties NY               366999975
WYTL 65614  Bollard       NNGP       New Haven CT              366999976
WYTL 65615  Cleat           NDLA       Philadelphia PA             366999501

65-Foot Inland Buoy Tender

• Length: 65 feet, Beam: 17 feet, Displacement: 71 tons
• Power plant: Two GM diesels, two shafts, 400 hp (WLI 65401); one GM diesel, one shaft, 300 hp (WLI 65303)
• Speed: 9 knots (WLI 65303); 11.3 knots (WLI 65401)
• Range: 1,700 nautical miles at 6 knots; 1,500 nautical miles at 5 knots (WLI 65303)

Hull              Name          Intl Call    Homeport                    MMSI Number/ALE Address
WLI 65400  Bayberry    NAAR      Long Beach (Oak Isl) NC 366999525
WLI 65401  Elderberry  NAAT      Petersburg  AK             366999526

65-Foot Class River Buoy Tender

The Coast Guard operates 18 tenders of 75-foot and 65-foot lengths on rivers in the western United States, deploying ATON buoys and day boards to mark river channels and to ease the efficient flow of commerce. WLRs push barges equipped with cranes that work ATON. Some WLRs are equipped with “jetting” devices that are used to set and anchor buoys in rivers with sandy or muddy bottoms. The barges are an integral part of the ATON mission. Barge lengths vary from 90 feet. 99 feet, and 130 feet.

• Length: 65 feet, Beam: 21 feet, Displacement: 145 tons
• Power plant: Two Caterpillar D353 diesels, two shafts, 660-725 hp
• Speed: 10 knots, Range: 3,500 nautical miles at 6 knots

Hull             Name            Intl Call    Homeport                   MMSI Number/ALE Address
WLR 65501  Ouachita     NACE      Chattanooga TN            366999502
WLR 65502  Cimarron    NACH     Paris Landing TN          366999644
WLR 65503  Obion         NADE      Owensboro KY             366999503
WLR 65504  Scioto         NADS      Keokuk IA                    366999504
WLR 65505  Osage         NADC      Sewickley PA               366999505
WLR 65506  Sangamon  NADR      Peoria IL                      366999506

U.S. Coast Guard Boats

Coast Guard vessels under 65 feet in length are classified as boats and usually operate near shore, on inland waterways, or attached to cutters. The service has about 1,680 altogether, although the number fluctuates. These craft include heavy weather response boats, special purpose craft, ATON boats, and cutter-based boats. Sizes range from 64 feet in length down to 12 feet. The new emphasis on homeland security has produced a corresponding emphasis on smaller, fast boats such as the Response Boat-Small and Response Boat-Medium. An added capability for the ATON forces is the procurement of new work boats that replaced those that have exceeded their economic service life and are no longer cost effective to maintain. The new boats brought into service are ATON Boat-Small (AB-S), a 20-foot aluminum hull with a range of 70 nautical miles, and ATON Boat-Skiff (AB-SKF), a 16-foot aluminum hull with a range of 50 nautical miles. Both boats are outfitted with standard electrical systems and ample working deck space.

55-Foot Aid-to-Navigation Boat

These boats assist in maintaining the nearly 50,000 navigation aids on the marine transportation system. They include the 64-foot Self-Propelled Barge that primarily operates on protected rivers and protected waters; the 55-foot aluminum hull that can operate in moderately rough weather in coastal and inland waters; the 49-foot Stern Loading Buoy boat that supports the short-range ATON mission; 26-foot Trailerable ATON boat that serves as the workhorse for ATON teams; 20-foot ATON Boat-Small; and 16-foot ATON Boat-Skiff.

Length: 55 feet, Speed: 21.5 knots, Displacement: 34 tons
Range: 175 miles, Endurance: 4-5 days
Propulsion: 2 Diesels
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

49-Foot Stern Loading Buoy Boat

Length: 49 feet, Displacement: 36 tons
Speed: 10 knots, Range: 300 miles, Endurance: 4 days
Propulsion: 2 Diesels
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

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

The 45-foot RB-M is being procured to replace the 41-foot utility boat (UTB). It is an all-aluminum boat that has a wireless crew communication system and is powered by twin diesel engines and water jet propulsion. Unlike the 41-foot UTB, the RB-M has the ability to self-right if it should ever capsize. This feature allows the RB-M to operate in higher seas, ensuring the crew (and rescued survivors) comes home safely. For example, RB-M’s survivability parameters are 12-foot seas and 50 knots of wind, whereas the UTB’s limits are 8-foot seas and 30 knots of wind. The RB-M has a top speed in excess of 40 knots and cruises at 30 knots, compared to the 41-foot UTB top speed of 26 knots. All 174 RB-Ms have been delivered.

Length: 45 feet, Speed: 42.5 knots, Range: 250 NM
Remarks: Replaced the 41-foot boats in service. Built by Marinette Marine.

Hull          Homeport                               MMSI Number
CG 45601 Little Creek VA 369493601/ALE-01B
CG 45602 Port Angeles WA 369493602
CG 45603 Key West FL 369493603/ALE-03B
CG 45604 Milwaukee WI 369493604
CG 45605 New York NY 369493605
CG 45606 Port Aransas TX 369493606
CG 45607 Boat Forces Center VA 369493607
CG 45608 Boston MA 369493608
CG 45609 San Juan PR 369493609
CG 45610 New York NY 369493610
CG 45611 Port Aransas TX 369493611/ALE-11A
CG 45612 New York NY 369493612
CG 45613 Maui HI 369493613
CG 45614 New York NY 369493614/ALE-14A
CG 45615 Little Creek VA 369593615
CG 45616 New York NY 369493616
CG 45617 Port Canaveral FL 369493617
CG 45618 Galveston TX 369493618
CG 45619 Honolulu HI 369493619
CG 45620 Castle Hill RI 369493620
CG 45621 Panama City FL 369493621/ALE-21A
CG 45622 New York NY 369493622
CG 45623 St. Petersburg FL 369493623
CG 45624 Cleveland Harbor OH 369493624
CG 45625 Lake Worth Inlet FL 369493625
CG 45626 Belle Isle MI 369493626
CG 45627 Honolulu HI 369493627
CG 45628 Duluth MN 369493628
CG 45629 Castle Hill RI 369493629
CG 45630 Galveston TX 369493630/ALE-30A
CG 45631 Fort Lauderdale FL 369493631
CG 45632 Belle Isle MI 369493632
CG 45633 Panama City FL 369493633
CG 45634 Fort Pierce FL 369493634/ALE-34B
CG 45625 Calumet Harbor FL 369493635
CG 45636 New Orleans LA 369493636/ALE-36A
CG 45637 New London CT 369493637
CG 45638 Miami Beach FL 369493638
CG 45639 Fort Lauderdale FL 369493639/ALE-39A
CG 45640 Annapolis MD 369493640
CG 45641 Curtis Bay MD 369493641
CG 45642 New Orleans LA 369493642
CG 45643 Los Angeles/Long Beach CA 369493643/ALE-43A
CG 45644 Mayport FL 369493644/ALE-44A
CG 45645 Seattle WA 369493645
CG 45646 Cortez FL 369493646/ALE-46A
CG 45647 Sabine TX 369493647
CG 45648 Miami Bech FL 369493648
CG 45649 New London CT 369493649
CG 45650 New London CT 369493650
CG 45651 Los Angeles/Long Beach CA 369493651/ALE-51A
CG 45651 Los Angeles/Long Beach CA 369493651/ALE-51B
CG 45652 Los Angeles/Long Beach CA 369493652
CG 45653 Bayfield WI 369493653
CG 45654 Mayport FL 369493654
CG 45655 Marquette MI 369493655
CG 45656 Eastport ME 369493656
CG 45657 Sault Ste. Marie MI 369493657
CG 45658 Seattle WA 369493658/ALE-58A
CG 45658 Seattle WA 369493658/ALE-58B
CG 45659 Boston MA 369493659
CG 45660 Seattle WA 369493660
CG 45661 Curtis Bay MD 369493661
CG 45662 Juneau AK 369493662/ALE-62C
CG 45663 Sabine TX 369493663
CG 45664 Valdez AK 369493664
CG 45665 Cape May NJ 369493665/ALE-65A
CG 45666 New Haven CT 369493666
CG 45667 San Francisco CA 369493667/ALE-67A
CG 45668 Sturgeon Bay WI 369493668
CG 45669 Wachapreague VA 369493669/ALE-69B
CG 45670 Sand Key FL 369493670
CG 45671 Juneau AK 369493671
CG 45672 Washington Island MI  369493672
CG 45673 Pensacola FL 369493673/ALE-73B
CG 45674 Grand Isle LA 369493674/ALE-74B
CG 45675 Cape Cod MA 369493675
CG 45676 Freeport ME 369493676
CG 45677 Cape May NJ 369493677/ALE-77A
CG 45678 New Haven CT 369493678
CG 45679 Pascagoula MS 369493679/ALE-79B
CG 45680 San Francisco CA 369493680
CG 45681 Sand Key FL 369493681/ALE-81B
CG 45682 San Diego CA 369493682/ALE-82A
CG 45683 Gulfport MS 369493683/ALE-83A
CG 45683 Gulfport MS 369493683/ALE-83B
CG 45684 Dauphin Island AL 369493684/ALE-84B
CG 45685 Pensacola FL 369493685/ALE-85B
CG 45686 Apra Harbor Guam 369493686
CG 45687 Grand Isle LA 369493687/ALE-87A
CG 45687 Grand Isle LA 369493687/ALE-87B
CG 45688 Bellingham WA 369493688
CG 45689 Freeport TX 369493689
CG 45690 Buffalo NY 369493690
CG 45691 Valdez AK 369493691/ALE-91A
CG 45692 TRACEN Yorktown VA 369493692
CG 45693 TRACEN Yorktown VA 369493693/ALE-93A
CG 45694 TRACEN Yorktown VA 369493694
CG 45695 San Diego CA 369493695/ALE-95A
CG 45696 Emerald Isle NC 369493696/ALE-96B
CG 45697 Pascagoula MS 369493697/ALE-97A
CG 45698 Toledo OH 369493698
CG 45699 Cape Charles VA 369493699
CG 45700 St. Ignace MI 369493700
CG 45701 Michigan City IN 369493701
CG 45702 Apra Harbor Guam 369493702
CG 45703 Saginaw River MI 369493703/ALE-03M
CG 45704 Dauphin Island AL 369493704/ALE-04M
CG 45705 Gulfport MS 369493705/ALE-05M
CG 45706 Eatons Neck NY 369493706
CG 45707 Venice LA 369493707/ALE-07M
CG 45708 Bellingham WA 369493708
CG 45709 Charleston SC 369493708/ALE-09M
CG 45710 Vallejo CA 369493710
CG 45711 Port O'Connor TX 369493711
CG 45712 Portsmouth VA 369493712
CG 45713 St. Inigoes MD 369493713
CG 45714 Marathon FL 369493714
CG 45715 Ponce DeLeon Inlet FL 369493715
CG 45716 Venice LA 369493716
CG 45717 Woods Hole MA 369493717
CG 45718 Destin FL 369493718
CG 45719 Maui HI 369493719
CG 45720 Point Judith RI 369493720
CG 45721 Charlevoix MI 369493721
CG 45722 Georgetown SC 369493722/ALE-22M
CG 45723 Niagara NY 369493723
CG 45724 Islamorada FL 369493724
CG 45725 Sheboygan WI 369493725
CG 45726 Wrightsville Beach NC 369493726
CG 45727 Lorain OH 369493727
CG 45728 Woods Hole MA 369493728
CG 45729 Fort Myers Beach FL 369493729/ALE-29M
CG 45730 Kenosha WI 369493730
CG 45731 Point Judith RI 369493731
CG 45732 Port Huron MI 369493732
CG 45733 Eatons Neck NY 369493733
CG 45734 Marblehead OH 369493734
CG 45735 Two Rivers WI 369493735
CG 45736 Muskegon MI 369493736
CG 45737 Fairport OH 369493737
CG 45738 Tybee Island GA 369493738
CG 45739 Channel Isl Harbor CA 369493739
CG 45740 Fort Myers Beach FL 369493740/ALE-40M
CG 45741 Brunswick GA 369493741/ALE-41M
CG 45742 Crisfield MD 369493742/ALE-42M
CG 45743 Charleston SC 369493743/ALE-43M
CG 45744 Hobucken NC 369493744/ALE-44M
CG 45745 Milford Haven VA 369493745/ALE-45M
CG 45746 Wrightsville Beach NC 369493746
CG 45747 Los Angeles/Long Beach CA  369493747
CG 45748 South Padre Island TX 369493748
CG 45749 Port Angeles WA 369493749
CG 45750 Port Aransas TX 369493750
CG 45751 San Juan PR 369493751
CG 45752 Milwaukee WA 369493752
CG 45753 Honolulu HI  369493753
CG 45754 St. Joseph MI 369493754
CG 45755 Manistee MI 369493755
CG 45756 Marblehead OH 369493756
CG 45757 Erie PA 369493757
CG 45758 Oswego NY 369493758
CG 45759 Tawas MI 369493759
CG 45760 Galveston TX 369493760
CG 45761 Key West FL 369493761
CG 45762 Kauai HI 369493762
CG 45763 Erie PA 369493763
CG 45764 Ketchikan AK 369493764
CG 45765 Portsmouth VA  369493765
CG 45766 Cape Cod Canal MA 369493766
CG 45767 Ketchikan AK 369493767
CG 45768 Kauai HI 369493768
CG 45769 St. Inigoes MD 369493769
CG 45770 San Francisco CA 369493770
CG 45771 Destin FL 369493771
CG 45772 Charleston SC 369493772
CG 45773 New Orleans LA 369493773
CG 45774 Charleston SC 369493774

44-Foot Response Boat-Medium

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

Hull Homeport Remarks
CG 44301 Chatham MA

42-Foot Response Boat-Medium

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

Hull Homeport Remarks
CG 42001 Chatham MA
CG 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.
CG 41304  Atlantic City NJ
CG 41320  Boston MA
CG 41330  Curtis Bay MD
CG 41359  Curtis Bay MD
CG 41361  Charleston SC
CG 41372  Charleston SC
CG 41395  Castle Hill RI
CG 41398  Point Allerton (Hull) MA
CG 41428  Tybee Island GA
CG 41452  Curtis Bay MD
CG 41453  Curtis Bay MD
CG 41454  Curtis Bay MD
CG 41492  Point Allerton (Hull) MA

35-Foot Long-Range Interceptor II

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

The new 35-foot Long Ranger Interceptor (LRI) is being introduced for cutters.

33-Foot Full Cabin SAFE Response Boat

Engines: Three outboards

Hull Homeport Remarks
CG 33107 South Padre Island TX
CG 33109 Miami FL
CG 33118 San Diego CA
CG 331255

28-Foot Response Boat-Small II

Length: 28 feet, Max Speed: 45+ knot, Cruising range of 150NM at 35 knots
Minimum crew:  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 on 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, and 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.

27-Foot Full Cabin SAFE Boat

Engines: Two outboards

26-Foot Over the Horizon - IV

Length: 26 feet, Speed: 40 knots, 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.

25-Foot Defender Class Response Boat-Small

Brought into service in 2003 to replace shore-based nonstandard boats, the RB-S features a reinforced bow, full shock-mitigating seating, and a large cabin. It can tow up to 10 tons, operate in winds up to 146 25 knots and seas of up 47-foot Motor Life Boat to 6 feet, and has a range of 150 nautical miles. The second-generation boats (RB-S II) are now in production and will replace the original RB-S classes. The RB-S IIs are 29 feet long and have a range of 220 nautical miles. Approximately 268 RB-S boats are in service.

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

Remarks: Developed in 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, a 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.

23-foot Center Console Response Boat-Small

The 23-foot center console SAFE Boat. Remarks: With a low center of gravity and very little windage the center consoles allow for a wide variety of missions to be easily completed.

24-Foot Guardian Class Transportable Port Security Boats

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

23-foot T-top Response Boat-Small

23-foot SAFE Boat.

USCG Sector/Station List

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

District 1:

CGAS Cape Cod MA

Sector Northern New England ME
Station Boothbay Harbor ME
Station Burlington VT
Station Eastport ME
Station Jonesport ME
Station Portsmouth Harbor NH
Station Rockland ME
Station South Portland ME
Station Southwest Harbor ME
ANT Portland ME
ANT Southwest Harbor ME
MSFO Belfast ME
MSFO New Castle NH (Portsmouth)

Sector Boston MA
Station Boston MA
Station Gloucester MA
Station Merrimack River MA
Station Point Allerton MA
Station Scituate MA
Light Station Boston MA

Sector Southeastern New England MA
Station Brant Point MA
Station Chatham MA
Station Cape Cod Canal MA
Station Castle Hill RI
Station Menemsha MA
Station Point Judith RI
Station Provincetown MA
Station Woods Hole MA
ANT Bristol
ANT Woods Hole MA
MSFO Cape Cod MA
MSFO New Bedford
Sector Long Island Sound CT
Station Eaton's Neck
Station Fire Island NY
Station Jones Beach NY
Station Montauk NY
Station New Haven CT
Station New London CT
ANT Long Island Sound
ANT Moriches
MSD Coram

Sector New York NY
Station New York NY
Station Sandy Hook NJ
Station Shinnecock NY
ANT Saugerties
ANT New York NY

District 5:
CGAS Atlantic City NJ
CGAS Elizabeth City NC
MSU Wilmington NC
SFO Atlantic City NJ
SFO Cape Hatteras NC
SFO Eastern Shotre VA
BSU Portsmouth VA
Base Command Elizabeth City NC

Sector Maryland-NCR
Station Annapolis MD
Station Crisfield MD
Station Curtis Bay MD
Station Ocean City MD
Station Oxford MD
Station St. Inigoes MD
Station Washington DC
Station (SM) Stillpond MD
ANT Baltimore MD
ANT Crisfield MD
ANT Potomac

Sector Delaware Bay
Station Atlantic City NJ
Station Barnegat Light NJ
Station Cape May NJ
Station Indian River DE
Station Manasquan Inlet NJ
Station Philadelphia PA
Station (SM) Beach Haven NJ
Station (SM) Fortescue NJ
Station (SM) Great Egg NJ
Station (SM) Roosevelt Island NJ
Station (SM) Salem NJ
Station (SM) Shark River NJ
Station (SM) Townsend Inlet NJ
ANT Philadelphia PA
ANT Cape May NJ
MSD Lewes DE

Sector Virginia
Station Cape Charles VA
Station Chincoteague VA
Station Indian River Inlet DE
Station Little Creek VA
Station Milford Haven VA
Station Ocean City MD
Station Portsmouth VA
Station Wachapreague VA

Sector North Carolina
Station Elizabeth City NC
Station Emerald Isle NC
Station Fort Macon NC
Station Hatteras Inlet NC
Station Hobucken NC
Station Oak Island NC
Station Oregon Inlet NC
Station Wrightsville Beach NC
Station (SM) Ocracoke NC
ANT Wanchese NC
ANT Fort Macon NC
ANT Oak Island NC
MSD Nags Head NC
MSU Wilmington NC
SFO Cape Hatteras NC
SFO Fort Macon NC

District 7:
CGAS Clearwater FL
CGAS Key West FL
CGAS Savannah GA
AIRFAC Charleston SC
MFPU Kings Bay GA

Sector Charleston SC
Station Brunswick GA
Station Charleston SC
Station Georgetown SC
Station Tybee Island GA
MSU Savannah GA

Sector Miami FL
Station Fort Lauderdale FL
Station Fort Pierce FL
Station Miami Beach FL
Station Lake Worth Inlet FL

Sector St. Petersburg FL
Station Yankeetown FL
Station Sand Key FL
Station St. Petersburg FL
Station Cortez FL
Station Fort Myers Beach FL

Sector Key West FL
Station Islamadora FL
Station Key West FL
Station Marathon FL

Sector Jacksonville FL
Station Mayport FL
Station Ponce de Leon Inlet FL
Station Port Canaveral FL
MSD Canaveral FL

Sector San Juan PR
CGAS Borinquen PR
Station San Juan PR

District 8:
CGAS New Orleans LA
ATC Mobile AL
Gulf Coast Primary Crew Assembly Facility, Pascagoula MS

Sector Corpus Christi TX
CGAS Corpus Christi TX
Station Port Aransas TX
Station Port O'Connor TX
Station South Padre Island TX

Sector Houston-Galveston TX
CGAS Houston TX
Station Freeport (Surfside TX)
Station Galveston TX
Station Houston TX
Station Lake Charles LA
Station Sabine TX
MSU Lake Charles LA
MSU Port Arthur TX

Sector Mobile AL
Station Dauphin Island (Mobile AL)
Station Destin FL
Station Panama City FL
Station Pascagoula MS
Station Pensacola FL

Sector New Orleans LA
Station Grand Isle LA
Station Gulfport MS
Station New Orleans LA
Station Venice LA
MSU Baton Rouge 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
MSD Cincinnati OH
MSD Nashville TN
MSU Huntington WV
MSU Paducah KY
MSU Pittsburgh PA

Sector Upper Mississippi River (Keokuk IA)

Sector Lower Mississippi River (Memphis TN)
MSD Fort Smith, AR
MSD Greenville MS
MSD Vicksburg, MS

District 9:
CGAS Detroit MI
CGAS Traverse City MI

Sector Buffalo NY
Station Alexander Bay, NY
Station Ashtabula OH
Station Buffalo NY
Station Erie PA
Station Fairport OH
Station Niagara NY
Station Oswego NY
Station Rochester NY
Station Sackets Harbor NY
Station Sodus Point NY
MSU Cleveland OH

Sector Detroit MI
Station Belle Isle MI
Station Cleveland Harbor OH
Station Harbor Beach MI
Station Lorain OH
Station Marblehead OH
Station Port Huron MI
Station Saginaw River MI
Station St. Clair Shores MI
Station Tawas MI
Station Toledo OH
MSU Toledo OH

Sector Lake Michigan WI
Station Calumet Harbor IL
Station Green Bay WI
Station Kenosha WI
Station Milwaukee WI
Station Sheboygan WI
Station Sturgeon Bay WI
Station Two Rivers WI
Station Wilmette Harbor IL
MSU Chicago IL

Sector Field Office Grand Haven MI
Station Charlevoix MI
Station Frankfort MI
Station Grand Haven MI
Station Holland MI
Station Ludington MI
Station Manistee MI
Station Michigan City IN
Station Muskegon MI
Station St. Joseph MI

Sector Sault Ste Marie MI
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 CA
Maintenance and Logistics Command Pacific (MLCP)
ISC Alameda CA
Training Center Petaluma CA
Pacific Area Training Team

District 11:
CGAS San Francisco CA
CGAS Sacramento CA
CGAS Los Angeles CA
Station Lake Tahoe NV

Sector Humboldt Bay CA
CGAS Humboldt Bay CA
Station Humboldt Bay CA
Station Noyo River CA

Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach CA
Station Los Angeles CA
Station Morro Bay CA
Station Channel Islands Harbor CA

Sector San Diego CA
CGAS San Diego CA
Station San Diego CA

Sector San Francisco, CA
Station San Francisco, CA
Station Golden Gate, CA
Station Monterey, CA
Station Rio Vista, CA
Station Bodega Bay, CA
Station Vallejo, CA

District 13:
MFPU Bangor, WA

Sector Columbia River OR
CGAS Astoria OR
Station Cape Disappointment OR
Station Grays Harbor OR
Station Portland OR
Station Tillamook Bay OR

Sector North Bend OR
CGAS North Bend OR
Station Chetco River OR
Station Coos Bay OR
Station Coquille River OR
Station Depoe Bay OR
Station Siuslaw River OR
Station Umpqua River OR
Station Yaquina Bay OR

Sector Seattle WA
CGAS Port Angeles WA
Station Bellingham WA
Station Neah Bay WA
Station Quillayute River WA
Station Port Angeles WA
Station Seattle WA

District 14:
CGAS Barbers Point HI

Sector Honolulu HI
Base Sand Island HI
ISC Sand Island HI
Station Maui HI

Sector Guam

District 17:
CGAS Kodiak AK
AIRFAC St. Paul Island AK - HH-60J forward deployment site
Communications Station Kodiak AK

Sector Juneau AK
Station Juneau AK
Station Ketchikan AK

Sector Anchorage AK
Station Valdez AK
MSU Valdez AK

(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

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 nation's 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 out loads 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 onboard 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 WA (Established 2002)
MSST 91102   Chesapeake Va. (Established 2002). Renamed an MSRT in 2006
MSST 91103   Los Angeles/Long Beach CA (Established 2002)
MSST 91104   Houston/Galveston TX (Established 2002)
MSST 91105   San Francisco CA (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)

National Strike Force
Maritime Security Response Team
Port Security Units

Personnel & Equipment

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

An MSRT is an enhanced MSST with pretty much double the capabilities of an 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 the theater.

PSUs can deploy within 24 hours and establish operations within 96 hours after the 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 MA
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 consists 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 areas affected by natural disasters 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 an 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 an 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. An 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 is capable of communications with the local Police, Fire Departments, and various other Law Enforcement agencies.

Must be programmed on site 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. The 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 the 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 a 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 watchstanders 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, smartphones, 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 the 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 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 a 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, an 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 a 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: The Cutters, Boats, And Aircraft of the U.S. Coast Guard (2015-2016 edition Version 6-14-2018), The Milcom Files Archives (2 volumes) by Larry Van Horn (, The Spectrum Monitor Milcom columns (, International Call Sign Handbook, 8th Edition, Government/Military call signs (, , ACP-113 (AI), spotter reports.