Sunday, May 27, 2007

Let's Celebrate Our One Year Anniversary

It does not seem like it, but today is the 1st anniversary of the MT Milcom and the Btown Monitoring Post Blogs. Tomorrow is the 1st anniversary of Gayle's MT Shortwave Central Blog.

So on this Memorial Day weekend Gayle and I would like to thank all who have contributed to the effort to make these blogs the best in the world of radio. No one else even gets close in reader traffic or news content.

We would also like to take a second to honor all those who have served or are currently serving in the US military, those who have goven the ultimate price for this country, and all their families. These are the folks who are always in our thoughts and prayers.

So on this fantastic weekend, the start of summer, let's celebrate our 1st anniversary of the MT Radio Blogs - Milcom, Btown Monitoring Post, and the MT Shortwave Central. And again thanks to all who have made it possible and laissez les bons temps rouler.

Friday, May 25, 2007


This morning while on the road I can now confirm that two of the western North Carolina 800 MHz VIPER Sites are on the air. The Johanna Bald and Wine Springs sites were monitored. Here are the particulars:

Zone 2 (Controller ID C123)

C123-Site 38 Cherokee County - Johanna Bald (Andrews) WQCS910
866.8250 867.0750 867.8250c 868.1750 868.3250
[Coordinates 35 deg 15 min 26.3 sec North/83 deg 47 min 42.6 sec West]

C123-Site 39 Macon County - Wine Springs WQCX999
866.1375 866.3875 867.3375 868.1125 868.8750c
[Coordinates: 35 deg 10 min 23.3 sec North/83 deg 34 min 50.6 sec West]

No talk groups as of yet, just the control channels.

I hope to get over to Franklin soon and check on the Cowee Bald site for its operational information.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Western NC Scanner Update

Clay County SO has a new dispatch repeater operational:

151.4375/154.0625 103.5 Hz Sheriff Office Dispatch

A new NC Medical Comm Net site is operational from Johanna Bald

462.975 MED-10 Primary
463.175 MED-8 Alternate

Still no sign of activity from the NC VIPER sites at Johanna Bald and Wine Springs. Hope to check tomorrow on Cowee Bald during an outing.

NOAA NHOP 2007 Now Available

Those of you interested in monitoring hurricane comms during the upcoming season will find the new NOAA National Hurricane Operations Plan a useful tool. You can download your pdf copy at

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Cleary USCG Asset Guide

Editor's Notes

• All air stations operating HH-65s are now flying the "C" model

• The USCG will decommission the troubled 123-foot patrol boats citing initial estimates of $50 million plus to make them operable. USCG will also assume the lead role as systems integrator for all Coast Guard Deepwater assets, as well as other major acquisitions as appropriate.

CG Press Releases & News of Interest


PORTSMOUTH, Va. - The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Legare home ported in Portsmouth will return here Friday following a 108-day deployment to the Gulf of Guinea region of West Africa.
The Legare crew deployed to Africa in support of U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Sixth Fleet's long-term strategy to improve maritime security and safety throughout the west coast of Africa.

The crew of the Legare conducted professional training on law enforcement and search and rescue, participated in local community service projects, hosted receptions for foreign and U.S. dignitaries and even played soccer games with local military personnel and school children.

While deployed the Legare's mission primarily focused on engaging enduring and emerging allies at every opportunity in order to further security and cooperation throughout the region.

While visiting several nations in West Africa, crewmembers met with the militaries, port authorities and customs law enforcement officials from each country. Common concerns were the enforcement of fisheries regulations, illicit drug trafficking, illegal immigration, search and rescue and environmental protection-all part of the U.S. Coast Guard's portfolio of missions.

Legare became the first U.S. military ship to moor in Monrovia in more than 17 years, following the end of Liberia's lengthy civil war, and the first ever U.S. vessel to visit Freetown, Sierra Leone. Other visits included Sekondi, Ghana; Cotonou, Benin; and Lome, Togo.


SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The end of Operation Taconite brings the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaking season to a close in the western Great Lakes.

Operation Taconite is the Coast Guard’s largest domestic icebreaking operation. U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie is responsible for the icebreaking operation which encompasses Lake Superior, the Straits of Mackinac, northern Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. This year, the Ninth Coast Guard District decided to consolidate control of operations in Lakes Michigan and Superior under a single command at Sector Sault Ste. Marie. The District made this change due to Sector Sault Ste. Marie's 24 hour staffing and ability to monitor vessel traffic and maintain communications.

U.S. Coast Guard cutters MACKINAW, ALDER, HOLLYHOCK, MOBILE BAY, NEAH BAY, KATMAI BAY, and BISCAYNE BAY operated as a team, under the direction of Sector Sault Ste. Marie, who corresponded with the industry and Canadian partners, to bring about another successful icebreaking season. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City enhanced the mission’s effectiveness by performing 18 ice reconnaissance flights.

During the peak of the icebreaking season, icebreakers operated in 36 inches of snow covered ice and sometimes encountered waterways blocked by up to 12 feet of ice. The cutters combined efforts to assist 119 commercial vessels requiring assistance. The cutters spent more than 1700 hours underway establishing and maintaining tracks for the safe navigation of barges carrying fuel oil or heating products; breaking Lakers free from their icy moorings to begin a new shipping season; and flushing ice from ferry routes, which allowed daily commuters to continue their transits from the various islands to their mainland destinations.

Each year as winter comes to an end, so does Operation Taconite. Sector Sault Ste. Marie brought Operation Taconite to an end once it determined that commercial vessels were able to transit throughout the St. Mary’s River and western Great Lakes without the assistance of Coast Guard icebreakers. The waterways, once covered in ice and snow, have given way to open water, which is a result of warming temperatures and the tremendous efforts of the U.S. Coast Guard.


DETROIT -- Operation Coal Shovel, responsible for the conduct of ice breaking operations in all of Lake Erie, the Detroit River, Lake St. Clair and Lake Huron south of 45-10 North, has completed another very successful joint icebreaking season with the Canadian Coast Guard and Lake Carrier's Association.
The cutters Bristol Bay, Neah Bay, Hollyhock, Mackinaw and the Canadian Coast Guard cutters Samuel Risley and Griffon combined for over 1000 hours of icebreaking efforts, escorted or provided direct assistance to over 110 commercial vessels, provided assistance for ferry operations, conducted vital Homeland Security missions and maintained the critical waterways throughout the Coal Shovel operations area.

In addition, these cutters maintained critical waterways in the St Clair and Detroit rivers enabling the safe navigation and overall safe transport of season critical commercial shipments.

This successful season was also enhanced by daily ice observations flights conducted by the Air Station Detroit


Coast Guard Communications Station in Chesapeake Grows with Coast Guard Missions
by Petty Officer First Class Truman Watkins
CAMSLANT Public Affairs Officer

With the added post-911 mission of supporting the Global War on Terror, the Coast Guard has grown, and Coast Guard Communications Area Master Station Atlantic (CAMSLANT) in Chesapeake, Va., is no exception. Leveraging current technology, the station is meeting intelligence and communications requirements interoperable with those of the Department of Defense and government first responders.

CAMSLANT’s core mission is to maintain, deploy contingency communications and to provide command and control support for natural disaster recovery, special operation and emergencies.

The Integrated Deepwater System program, which is the largest Coast Guard acquisition program in history, funded the $3.715 million which was budgeted for structure expansion and modernization. With an expected completion date of June 2007, additional personnel will also be added to complement the current staff of more than 130 telecommunications professionals.

“CAMSLANT’s external expansion and internal C4ISR modernization to support Deepwater’s interoperable systems will enhance execution of the traditional missions of search and rescue, maritime law enforcement and disseminating safety information to the maritime public as well as the new missions created by post-911 Global War on Terrorism,” said Chief Warrant Officer Vern Tuss, CAMSLANT Communications Officer.

The 22-year-old building will be remodeled with an internal communications suite that will greatly enhance the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance capability (C4ISR) of the Coast Guard on the East Coast. C4ISR refers to the information tech structure critically important to today’s Coast Guard. Maritime border security, law enforcement and disaster mitigation missions have gained emphasis in the post-9/11, post-Hurricane Katrina era.

Approximately 9,800 square feet will be added to house an additional communications space which serves to separate the unclassified and classified telecommunication support systems. Twelve communications booths will also be added to allow for greater separation between classified Coast Guard services and unclassified services provided to mariners.

As of March 2007, progress to the construction is about 60 percent complete with the building’s foundation, exterior walls and internal framing finished. The roof is about 90 percent complete.

Deepwater funding will add long range transmitters and High Frequency Automatic Link Establishment (HF-ALE) systems to CAMSLANT’s Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNET), Automatic Identification System (AIS), and Global Positioning System/ Differential Global Positioning System (GPS/DGPS) array of equipment.

An important benefit to establishing the HF-ALE system will eliminate the need for a Coast Guardsman to search for clear radio frequencies to pass voice and digital messages. More importantly, while it will be compatible with oncoming Coast Guard Deepwater vessels and aircraft, HF-ALE automatically searches multiple frequencies at several locations to establish the most reliable communications link in seconds.

The space expansion also will allow for other new equipment, communications, and software upgrades and additions of a modernized Radio Wire-line Interface (RWI) system, Integrated Voice Communication Systems (IVCS), upgraded Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM) radios, and Coast Guard Command and Control (CGC2) systems.

“CAMSLANT’s improved capabilities are valuable assets to supporting the fleet through secure communications,” said Lt. Mark Focken, CAMSLANT operations officer.

Seattle's Polar Sea Returns From 18th Deep Freeze Mission - 4-3-07

SEATTLE - Coast Guard Cutter Polar Sea returns home today at approximately 3:00 p.m. after traveling 22,500 nautical miles during the four month Antarctic deployment in support of Operation Deep Freeze 2007.

Polar Sea enabled the successful replenishment of the McMurdo Station, Antarctica's largest scientific and support community, by breaking through 23 nautical miles of Antarctic ice. By clearing this passage, 7 million gallons of fuel and four thousand metric tons of cargo were delivered to McMurdo Station via the USNS Paul Buck and M/V American Tern.

This year's Deep Freeze mission marked the first time U.S and Sweden have joined forces, as Polar Sea and Swedish icebreaker Oden teamed up to complete the mission. After replenishment of McMurdo Station, Polar Sea successfully towed both the Paul Buck and American Tern off the ice pier. The Polar Sea also groomed a runway near McMurdo Station to allow cargo planes to fly into the outpost.

In further support of the international science community in Antarctica, Polar Sea transported seven scientists over 50 miles from McMurdo Station to Beaufort Island, which is the home of an Adelie Penguin Rookery, for scientific study. Polar Sea dive teams also conducted eight successful surface-supplied and SCUBA dives in the ice to conduct bottom mapping, hull and propeller inspection, and pitch setting.

Before leaving the Antarctic Circle, Polar Sea Engineers and Dive team worked jointly for two days to plug and then patch a leaky flange pipe on the USNS Paul Buck, which would have otherwise required extensive repairs and possible drydock.

For over 50 years, Coast Guard icebreakers have deployed to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze, where ships have broken through as much as 84 nautical miles of ice to produce a navigable shipping channel into McMurdo Station. Polar Sea, which has made the trip 18 times, was specifically designed for solo icebreaking in remote Polar Regions.

As economic interest in the Polar Regions continues to grow, it will become increasingly important for the U.S. to conduct national security and search and rescue operations in this remote area. The overarching purpose of the Coast Guard polar icebreaking program is to not only provide support to the scientific community, but also to project capability, power and influence, giving the U.S. a sovereign presence in this unique area of the world.



HONOLULU - Two Coast Guard flight crews from the Barbers Point air station in the past month have reported being lased by a green laser from an unknown source as the planes were landing at John Rodgers Field in Kalaeloa-Barbers Point. Both aircrews were immediately evaluated at Tripler Army Medical Center and found to have no injuries or complications.

Both incidents occurred as the aircraft were conducting instrument approaches at John Rodgers Field. In both cases the crews were on final approach to the runway in a very vulnerable position. "Landing is a precarious operation. The crew is completely focused and procedures need to be exact," said Cmdr. Chris Moss, the operations officer at Air Station Barbers Point. "To be distracted by the laser is dangerous in itself, but the eye damage from the laser can be instantaneous and permanent."

The green laser has the capability of instantly blinding a person in less than a quarter-second. Fortunately all 13 crewmembers from the two airplanes were not affected by the laser. It is a federal offense to interfere with anyone engaged in the operation of an aircraft. The perpetrator of such an offense risks a felony conviction and a jail sentence of up to 20 years.

John Rodgers Field lies on the approach path for Honolulu International Airport. The suspected laser being used in these incidents has a range of 9,000 feet. That would be well within the flight path of a jumbo airliner on final approach to International. Lasing a commercial airliner is punishable under the Patriot Act which can carry fines in excess of $500,000 and 20 years in jail.

The Coast Guard is a member of the Department of Homeland Security and routinely conducts maritime homeland security missions. The Coast Guard is also the lead agency for off-shore, maritime search and rescue.

"I don't know how someone could think this is fun," said Moss. "We're here to save lives and protect Hawaii from terrorists. Why would anyone want to make us crash a plane or hurt our crews? Our own backyard is not where I would expect to find a terrorist."


American Eurocopter completes its delivery of upgrade kits for the U.S. Coast Guard’s HH-65 helicopter fleet - 3-1-07

American Eurocopter has completed the on-time delivery of 89 re-engining kits for U.S. Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopters, marking a major milestone in the service’s upgrade of its aviation resources for homeland security, search & rescue, and other missions.

These kits are being integrated in HH-65s deployed throughout the United States, providing increased performance, safety and reliability and for the Coast Guard’s Eurocopter Dolphin fleet.

“Delivering the HH-65 upgrade kits on-time, and with the highest level of quality, underscores our commitment to helping the U.S. Coast Guard meet its critical mission requirements,” said American Eurocopter President Marc Paganini. “The HH-65 re-engining takes a proven helicopter and makes it even better by further enhancing its capabilities and increasing the operational safety margins.”

At the heart of these improvements are the installation of new Turbomeca Arriel 2C2 turboshaft engines with digital electronic controls, which is accompanied by main and tail gearbox upgrades for the more powerful engines, and the integration of a reconfigured cockpit control panel featuring a Vehicle and Engine Multifunction Display (VEMD). The Arriel 2C2s provide 42 percent more power than the original powerplants selected by the Coast Guard for its HH-65s.

Overall, each American Eurocopter-supplied kit for the HH-65 consists of some 15,000 parts, and also includes new electrical wiring harnesses, fuel circuit changes, airframe thermal protection upgrades, and new composite engine cowlings.

When equipped with these improvements, the helicopters are given the HH-65C designation. The entire Dolphin fleet is being converted to the HH-65C configuration, undergoing this process at the U.S. Coast Guard’s Aircraft and Supply Center in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, as well as on a second conversion line established at American Eurocopter’s Columbus, Mississippi facility.

HH-65Cs already in service have demonstrated their improved capabilities, most prominently during post-Hurricane Katrina recovery operations along the U.S. Gulf Coast, and in ongoing missions to protect Washington, D.C. and the area around the nation’s capital.

U.S. Coast Guard HH-65s are deployed at 17 air stations across the continental United States, in Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico. The Dolphin fleet has logged more than 950,000 flight hours since the HH-65 was introduced in U.S. Coast Guard service.


Deepwater Upgrades Critical In Record Drug Bust, Ship Captain Says
Defense Daily
March 27, 2007
By Calvin Biesecker

The Coast Guard Cutter Sherman (WHEC 720) was still miles away from trying to intercept a suspect vessel in the Eastern Pacific Ocean when a C-130 maritime patrol aircraft that had been monitoring the Panamanian-flagged freighter and updating the Sherman with its position had to break off and return to base, leaving the cutter to sort through other maritime traffic, in a lot of water at dark to find its target.

Not a problem.

The Sherman spotted the Gatun, which had been reported as a target of interest from the Joint Interagency Task Force South, on its own when the two vessels were 17 miles apart through Automatic Identification System (AIS) equipment. That information was transmitted over-the-horizon, which means that while the Sherman had to rely on sophisticated electronic systems to track the Gatun, the merchant vessel had no idea the Coast Guard was closing in on it.

When the Sherman eventually caught up to the Gatun on March 17 about 20 miles off of the Island of Coiba south of Panama, a Coast Guard boarding party uncovered over 42,000 pounds of cocaine worth nearly $300 million hidden in two of 12 containers aboard the freighter. The cocaine bust was the largest ever by the Coast Guard. Interestingly, in 1976 the Sherman seized the Panamanian freighter Don Emilo and found 82 tons of marijuana, the largest drug seizure ever at that time.

Large cargo ships and freighters such as the Gatun are required to carry AIS transponders that emit identification, position, speed and course heading. Large Coast Guard cutters such as the Sherman, which is a 378-foot high endurance cutter that was first launched in 1968, are now equipped with AIS tracking capabilities, part of the C4ISR upgrades to legacy cutters carried out under the Deepwater modernization program the past few years.

Deepwater is led by Integrated Coast Guard Systems, a joint venture between Lockheed Martin [LMT] and Northrop Grumman [NOC], under contract to the Coast Guard.

Using the AIS tracking data and an onboard surface search radar, the Sherman circled around the Gatun in "pitch dark" and came up behind it with "lights off," Capt. Charley Diaz, the commanding officer aboard the Sherman, told Defense Daily in a telephone interview last Friday. Diaz then sent 9-member boarding team equipped with night vision goggles aboard one of his cutter's two small patrol boats, in this case a 23-foot MK II over-the-horizon small boat, to visually identify the Gatun. Once the freighter was visually identified, Diaz invoked a U.S. and Panamanian bilateral agreement which led to an agreement between U.S. and Panamanian government authorities to allow the Sherman to board the Gatun and search for contraband. That approval process took an hour, Diaz said.

At that point, the Sherman hit its lights and commenced right of approach questions to the Gatun, letting its master know that the Coast Guard had permission to board.

Before the Coast Guard's high- and medium-endurance cutters were equipped with AIS tracking capabilities, finding a targeted vessel like the Gatun relatively close to shore where other ships are operating would have been more problematic, Diaz said. In those instances the Sherman would have relied on its radar to try and position itself in the general area of a suspect vessel and use its onboard helicopter or small boats to identify the ship. But coming up covertly and right on top of a suspect gives the Coast Guard an edge, he said.

For example, depending on the circumstances, if a vessel is close to the maritime boundary of a country that the U.S. doesn't have a bilateral agreement with, then the ship can go inside that country's territorial waters and the Coast Guard can't go after it. And if a suspect vessel has been spooked prematurely, often times its crew will scuttle the ship, taking any contraband to the bottom of the ocean and leaving the Coast Guard to switch missions to life-saving mode, Diaz said.

While the Sherman's boarding team was in contact with the Gatun, another of the Deepwater assets came into play. At first communications between the Sherman and the boarding party were on older analog radios, but they failed during the operation. Again, not a problem. The Coast Guard just switched to the newer digital P25 radios built by Motorola [MOT] and installed under Deepwater to maintain communications, Diaz said. He said the reason for not using the digital radios to begin with was due to sticking with old habits.

Once the boarding party realized it had a significant drug bust on its hands, the Sherman had to allow its tactical command authority in Alameda, Calif., know of the seriousness of the find, Diaz said. That disposition is important not only in quickly ramping up support but in getting proper briefings done in Washington, he said.

Taking advantage of increased bandwidth through satellite communications, the Sherman was able to send photos and video back to shore of the seized cocaine, Diaz said. That increased bandwidth was another upgrade under the Deepwater program. In the past some computers on the Sherman had to be turned off to send photos via the satellite communications link but now personnel can keep working while certain data is being transmitted, he said.

The routine effectiveness of the Coast Guard's Deepwater upgrades on its legacy ships is good news amid a rough time for the program. The Coast Guard's and ICGS' management of the program has come under fire lately from Congress and the Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General stemming from lax oversight and design issues with new ships either being built or in design.

Speaking about the recent drug bust, Leo Mackay, president of ICGS, said in a statement last week that "We are proud to see another example of Deepwater capabilities being successfully proven in the field. The system was designed to improve Coast Guard and interagency coordination, and that's just what happened here today."

The Coast Guard has 12 high-endurance cutters that will eventually be replaced by eight National Security Cutters, which are already under construction. The NSCs will be equipped with integrated command and control systems that can automatically merge inputs from AIS and surface search radar. Moreover, the operating picture aboard the cutters will be common with tactical command authorities and other Coast Guard assets, allowing the decisionmaking cycle time to be reduced, if necessary.

With the Deepwater upgrades to his cutter, Diaz said it feels like the Sherman is "coming of age." While the Coast Guard is a "can-do" organization that prides itself on finding ways to get the job done, Diaz said the technology improvements help to cut down on the number of suspects that slip out of touch.

USCG Air Asset Guide

Aircraft Fleet List

Tail Type Homeplate Last Log Remarks

101 C-37A CGAS Washington, D.C. 02-25-07 Commandant's GS V
102 C-143 CGAS Washington, D.C. 05-02-07
1078 MH-68A HITRON Jacksonville 05-19-07
1081 MH-68A HITRON Jacksonville 05-19-07
1085 MH-68A HITRON Jacksonville 04-24-03
1091 MH-68A HITRON Jacksonville 05-25-06
1095 MH-68A HITRON Jacksonville 12-07-06
1098 MH-68A HITRON Jacksonville 09-15-06
1099 MH-68A HITRON Jacksonville 03-01-06
1109 MH-68A HITRON Jacksonville 02-04-07
1113 MH-68A HITRON Jacksonville 04-06-06
1500 HC-130H CGAS Elizabeth City 05-05-07
1501 HC-130H CGAS Elizabeth City 05-22-07
1502 HC-130H CGAS Elizabeth City 05-12-07
1503 HC-130H CGAS Elizabeth City 05-08-07
1504 HC-130H CGAS Clearwater 05-15-07
1700 HC-130H7 CGAS Kodiak` 03-29-07
1701 HC-130H7 CGAS Barbers Point 02-17-07
1702 HC-130H7 CGAS Barbers Point 05-15-07
1703 HC-130H7 CGAS Sacramento 05-01-07
1704 HC-130H7 CGAS Sacramento 05-22-07
1705 HC-130H7 CGAS Kodiak 04-19-07
1706 HC-130H7 CGAS Clearwater 09-25-06
1707 HC-130H7 CGAS Clearwater 05-05-07
1708 HC-130H7 CGAS Clearwater 05-15-07
1709 HC-130H7 CGAS Sacramento 02-26-07
1710 HC-130H7 CGAS Kodiak 11-13-06
1711 HC-130H7 CGAS Elizabeth City 05-22-07
1712 HC-130H7 CGAS Clearwater 05-22-07
1713 HC-130H7 CGAS Barbers Point 05-22-07
1714 HC-130H7 CGAS Barbers Point 04-02-07
1715 HC-130H7 CGAS Sacramento 05-03-07
1716 HC-130H7 CGAS Sacramento 05-17-07
1717 HC-130H7 CGAS Clearwater 12-14-06
1718 HC-130H7 CGAS Sacramento 05-17-07
1719 HC-130H7 CGAS Clearwater 05-18-07
1720 HC-130H7 CGAS Clearwater 03-27-07
1790 HC-130H7 CGAS Kodiak 04-15-07
2001 HC-130J C-130J Aircraft Project Office, CGAS Elizabeth City 08-22-06
2002 HC-130J C-130J Aircraft Project Office, CGAS Elizabeth City 02-17-07
2003 HC-130J C-130J Aircraft Project Office, CGAS Elizabeth City 09-04-06
2004 HC-130J C-130J Aircraft Project Office, CGAS Elizabeth City 03-14-07
2005 HC-130J C-130J Aircraft Project Office, CGAS Elizabeth City 02-23-07
2006 HC-130J Undergoing missionization in Greenville, SC 02-13-07
2101 HU-25B ARSC CGAS Elizabeth City 11-01-04
2102 HU-25D CGAS Miami 05-20-07
2104 HU-25C+ CGAS Corpus Christi 04-16-07
2105 HU-25D CGAS Miami 05-06-07
2106 HU-25A At AMARC 05-16-07
2107 HU-25A At AMARC 05-16-07
2108 HU-25A At AMARC 05-16-07
2109 HU-25D CGAS Cape Cod 06-04-05
2110 HU-25A CGAS Cape Cod 06-16-06
2112 HU-25C+ CGAS Miami 05-06-07
2113 HU-25D CGAS Miami 05-06-07
2114 HU-25D CGAS Miami 05-06-07
2115 HU-25A At AMARC 05-16-07
2116 HU-25A At AMARC 05-16-07
2117 HU-25A CGAS Miami 08-22-06
2118 HU-25B ATC Mobile 04-06-07
2120 HU-25A CGAS Cape Cod 05-19-07
2121 HU-25A ATC Mobile 04-24-07
2122 HU-25B At AMARC 05-16-07
2124 HU-25A At AMARC 05-16-07
2126 HU-25B At AMARC 05-16-07
2127 HU-25A ATC Mobile 04-06-07
2128 HU-25D CGAS Miami 05-15-07
2129 HU-25C+ CGAS Miami 05-22-07
2130 HU-25A At AMARC 05-16-07
2131 HU-25C+ CGAS Cape Cod 12-12-06
2132 HU-25B At AMARC 05-16-07
2133 HU-25C+ CGAS Cape Cod 05-20-07
2134 HU-25A ATC Mobile 05-17-07
2135 HU-25C+ CGAS Corpus Christi 03-30-07
2136 HU-25A ATC Mobile 07-12-06
2137 HU-25A At AMARC 05-16-07
2138 HU-25A At AMARC 05-16-07
2139 HU-25C+ CGAS Cape Cod 05-22-07
2140 HU-25C+ CGAS Cape Cod 03-15-07
2141 HU-25C+ CGAS Corpus Christi 04-29-07
2301 HC-144A Seville, Spain 01-25-07 To arrive E-City in early 2007
2302 HC-144A ARSC CGAS Elizabeth City 02-21-07 To arrive ATC Mobile early 2007
2303 HC-144A ARSC CGAS Elizabeth City 02-21-07 To arrive ATC Mobile early 2007
2304 HC-144A Production contract signed in January 2007
2305 HC-144A Production contract signed in January 2007
2306 HC-144A On order
2307 HC-144A On order
2308 HC-144A On order
6001 MH-60J CGAS Elizabeth City 05-15-07
6002 MH-60J CGAS San Diego 04-25-07
6003 MH-60J CGAS Elizabeth City 05-21-07
6004 HH-60J CGAS Cape Cod 04-15-07
6005 MH-60J CGAS Kodiak 01-31-07
6006 MH-60J CGAS Kodiak 07-11-06
6007 HH-60J CGAS Unknown 04-17-07
6008 MH-60J CGAS Clearwater 05-21-07
6009 MH-60J CGAS Elizabeth City 05-22-07
6010 HH-60J CGAS Clearwater 12-01-06
6011 HH-60J ATC Mobile 05-04-07
6012 MH-60J CGAS Kodiak 11-29-06
6013 MH-60J CGAS Kodiak 05-06-07
6014 MH-60J CGAS Elizabeth City 05-05-07
6015 HH-60J CGAS Clearwater 05-19-07
6016 HH-60J CGAS Clearwater 12-28-06
6017 HH-60J CGAS Clearwater 12-22-06
6018 HH-60J CGAS Clearwater 05-19-07
6019 HH-60J CGAS Clearwater 03-15-07
6021 MH-60J CGAS Kodiak 04-29-07
6022 HH-60J CGAS Astoria 05-12-07
6023 HH-60J ATC Mobile 04-05-07
6024 MH-60J CGAS Kodiak 04-27-07
6025 MH-60J CGAS San Diego 04-27-07
6026 MH-60J CGAS Kodiak 04-07-07
6027 HH-60J ATC Mobile 04-12-07
6028 HH-60J CGAS Cape Cod 05-16-07
6029 MH-60J CGAS Clearwater 05-15-07
6030 HH-60J CGAS Astoria 02-18-07
6031 HH-60J ATC Mobile 05-17-07
6032 HH-60J CGAS Cape Cod 05-16-07
6033 HH-60J CGAS Clearwater 04-18-07
6034 MH-60J CGAS Clearwater 05-22-07
6035 MH-60J CGAS Kodiak 04-25-07
6036 MH-60J CGAS Elizabeth City 05-16-07
6037 MH-60J CGAS San Diego 05-19-07
6038 HH-60J CGAS Clearwater 05-22-07
6039 MH-60J CGAS Clearwater 05-22-07 Deployed to OPBAT
6040 MH-60J CGAS San Diego 03-09-07
6041 MH-60J CGAS Elizabeth City 05-17-07
6042 MH-60J CGAS Clearwater 05-16-07
6501 HH-65C CGAS Miami 01-23-06
6502 HH-65C West Coast 02-16-07
6503 HH-65C CGAS Houston 04-21-06
6504 HH-65C CGAS Humboldt Bay 01-26-07
6505 HH-65B Unknown 09-15-05
6506 HH-65B ATC Mobile 02-04-05
6507 HH-65C CGAS Houston 03-21-07
6508 HH-65C West Coast 02-07-07
6509 HH-65C CGAS Kodiak 03-20-07
6510 HH-65C ATC Mobile 06-21-05
6511 HH-65C Unknown 11-07-06
6512 HH-65C CGAS Corpus Christi 03-26-07
6513 HH-65C Unknown 11-13-06
6514 HH-65C CGAS Port Angeles 05-08-07
6515 HH-65C CGAS San Francisco 03-01-07
6516 HH-65C CGAS San Francisco 05-03-07
6517 HH-65C CGAS Atlantic City 04-14-07
6518 HH-65C CGAS Miami 11-09-06
6519 HH-65B ATC Mobile 09-17-04
6520 HH-65C CGAS Detroit 08-31-06
6521 HH-65B ATC Mobile 05-17-05
6522 HH-65C CGAS Detroit 03-04-07
6523 HH-65C East Coast 12-12-06
6524 HH-65C CGAS Port Angeles 07-03-06
6525 HH-65B Unknown 04-01-05
6526 HH-65C Unknown 04-12-07
6527 HH-65C CGAS Detroit 03-04-07
6528 HH-65C West Coast 11-07-06
6529 HH-65B ATC Mobile 10-08-06
6530 HH-65C CGAS Houston 07-25-06
6531 HH-65C CGAS Barbers Point 02-20-07
6532 HH-65C CGAS Detroit 11-06-06
6533 HH-65C CGAS Savannah 05-16-07
6534 HH-65C CGAS San Francisco 04-12-07
6535 HH-65C CGAS Houston 05-02-06
6536 HH-65C CGAS Miami 02-16-07
6537 HH-65C CGAS Port Angeles 07-12-06
6538 HH-65C CGAS Barbers Point 02-18-07
6539 HH-65B ATC Mobile 04-29-04
6540 HH-65C CGAS Miami 05-06-07
6542 HH-65C CGAS Savannah 05-09-07
6543 HH-65C CGAS Port Angeles 03-23-07
6544 HH-65C CGAS Corpus Christi 03-15-07
6545 HH-65B Unknown 01-29-04
6547 HH-65C ATC Mobile 02-26-07
6548 HH-65C CGAS San Francsco 05-15-07
6550 HH-65C CGAS Miami 03-21-07
6551 HH-65B Unknown 06-05-06
6552 HH-65C Unknown 05-14-07
6553 HH-65C CGAS Savannah 05-17-07
6554 HH-65C East Coast 03-27-06
6555 HH-65C CGAS Los Angeles 03-28-07
6556 HH-65B Unknown 06-15-05
6557 HH-65C Unknown 11-09-06
6558 HH-65C Unknown 04-12-07
6559 HH-65C CGAS Atlantic City 02-16-07
6560 HH-65C CGAS Miami 04-07-06
6561 HH-65C CGAS Savannah 05-10-07
6562 HH-65C CGAS Miami 04-10-07
6563 HH-65C CGAS Miami 12-02-06
6564 HH-65C Unknown 02-24-07
6565 HH-65C CGAS New Orleans 04-20-07
6566 HH-65C CGAS Los Angeles 04-27-07
6567 HH-65C CGAS Los Angeles 02-05-07
6568 HH-65C CGAS Atlantic City 06-05-06
6569 HH-65C Unknown 06-10-06
6570 HH-65C CGAS Port Angeles 10-29-06
6571 HH-65B Unknown 02-06-04
6572 HH-65C CGAS Atlantic City 10-12-06
6573 HH-65B Unknown 02-22-06
6574 HH-65C CGAS Houston 08-29-06
6575 HH-65C CGAS Savannah 05-16-07
6576 HH-65B CGAS Los Angeles 07-19-06
6577 HH-65C CGAS Miami 05-14-07
6578 HH-65C CGAS Humboldt Bay 03-01-07
6579 HH-65C CGAS Miami 02-20-07
6580 HH-65B Unknown 06-08-06
6581 HH-65C CGAS Atlantic City 05-19-07
6582 HH-65C CGAS Houston 04-30-06
6583 HH-65C CGAS Humboldt Bay 04-27-07
6584 HH-65C CGAS Atlantic City 07-18-06
6585 HH-65C CGAS Atlantic City 02-09-07
6586 HH-65B Unknown 03-29-06
6587 HH-65C CGAS Houston 04-15-06
6588 HH-65C CGAS Los Angeles 04-27-07
6589 HH-65B Unknown 08-13-04
6590 HH-65C CGAS Los Angeles 02-20-07
6591 HH-65C CGAS Port Angeles 05-19-07
6592 HH-65C CGAS New Orleans 03-25-07
6593 HH-65B Unknown 11-01-05
6595 HH-65C CGAS Traverse City 08-26-06
6596 HH-65C CGAS New Orleans 03-24-07
6597 HH-65C CGAS San Francisco 04-11-07
6598 HH-65C CGAS Detroit 03-09-07
6599 HH-65C CGAS Atlantic City 07-16-06
6601 Next in series
6602 Next in series
6603 HH-65C ARSC Elizabeth City 01-31-07
6604 HH-65C ARSC Elizabeth City 01-31-07

HC-130 Long Range Search Aircraft
Speed: 330 kts
Range: 4100 (H), 5500 (J) NM
Endurance: 14 (H), 21(J) Hours
Crew: 2 (O), 5 (E)
Sensors: Inverse Synthetic Aperture (ISAR) Radar, Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR), SEI

The new HC-130J aircraft will provide long-range air coverage over the entire Coast Guard area of responsibility and
increase the overall MDA/Common Operational Picture. The primary role of these aircraft will be to meet the long range
maritime patrol requirements in the vast Pacific Ocean areas that cannot be accomplished by the medium range surveillance
(MRS) CASA aircraft. The LRS will additionally provide heavy Air Transport for Maritime Safety & Security Teams, Port Security Units, and the National Strike Force. Intelligence-Information Collection and Sharing for Deepwater will be enhanced as the LRS
will receive enhanced radar and optical sensors and will share a common C4ISR pallet with the MRS which will provide for
integrated command and control and make the LRS a potential airborne command center. The LRS will receive Chemical,
Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive Detection and Defense (CBR D&D) capabilities that will allow for
insertion of specialized teams (e.g., the National Strike Force) into potential “hot” areas.
The FY06 budget request funds upgrades to and replacement of C-130H Avionics, MILSATCOM, weather radar, and search radar. The LRS solution includes both new C-130Js that are currently unmissionized and legacy HC-130Hs. The Hs require upgrades to ensure their continued performance in the Deepwater system until they are finally retired in decades to come. The Deepwater plan calls for a fleet of 27 HC-130s with a cost of $4.9 million per unit.
The HC-130H fleet is equipped with a Forward-Looking InfraRed/Electro-Optical/Low-Light TV (FLIR/EO/LLTV) turret-mounted camera system. This system provides a 360-degree field-of-view and high-resolution software magnification allowing use at standoff ranges. In addition, a DAMA-compatible MILSATCOM receiver is being installed. The FLIR/EO/LLTV interfaces with the HC-130H's AN/APS-137 Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR), allowing automatic direction of the FLIR system, reducing the operator workload for the tactical sensor operator. The 15xx series of HC-130H's is equipped to support the AN/APS-135 Side-Looking Airborne Radar (SLAR). Using the AN/APS-135, an area of over 100nm can be mapped on either side of the aircraft. This is especially useful in support of the International Ice Patrol and for tracking down sources of pollution.
Five older HC-130s are restricted in the amount of fuel they can carry due to center wing box structural fatigue. Mission time is reduced by 30%.
The HC-130Js are to be missionized by August 2008.

HC-144A Persuader Medium Range Search Aircraft

Speed: 236 kts
Range: 1,565NM (empty), 575 NM with cargo
Endurance: 8.7 Hours
Crew: 2 (O), 3 (E)
Sensors: ISAR Radar, EO/IR, SEI

The EADS-CASA CN-235-300CG MRS is an essential, highly capable element of the revised Deepwater implementation plan. The MRS will not only be Deepwater interoperable, but DHS and DoD C4ISR Interoperable including MILSATCOM. The MRS will share a common C4ISR pallet with the LRS, which provides for integrated command and control and makes the MRS a potential airborne command center and significant contributor to logistics transport. These capabilities feed the national Intelligence-Information Collection & Sharing/MDA picture. The MRS will be the second logistical workhorse for the fleet (with the LRS), with the ability to conduct Air Transport for smaller personnel and parts loads around the U.S. and Caribbean basin.
The MRS will receive Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive Detection and Defense (CBR D&D)
capabilities that will allow for insertion of smaller, specialized teams (e.g., NSF) into potential “hot” areas.
Three aircraft have been produced to date.
Cost per unit: $33.5 million
Planned Quantity: 36

HU-25 Guardian
Speed: 460 kts
Range: 2,250 NM
Endurance: Hours
Crew: 2 (O), 3 (E)
Sensors: ISAR Radar, EO/IR, SEI

The HU-25 Guardian is an American-built variant of the Dassault-Brequet Falcon 20 light-transport jet. A total of forty-one
HU-25 jets were purchased by the USCG. At a later date, eight HU-25As were modified to the HU-25B standard and were equipped with the AIREYE surveillance system to detect pollution. Again, at a later date, an additional nine HU-25As were modified into the HU-25C Guardian Interceptor. These HU-25Cs were equipped with the AN/APG-66 Airborne Intercept Radar and were used in the drug interdiction role.
In 2000, the USCG began a series of upgrades to the HU-25 fleet. The upgrades produced two new variants; the HU-25C+ and the HU-25D. The HU-25C+ incorporates a variety of sensor upgrades. The AN/APG-66 was upgraded to an improved version providing greater detection range while reducing weight. In addition, a new Forward-Looking InfraRed/Electro-Optical/Low-Light TV (FLIR/EO/LLTV) provides a "wide-angle search, detection, classification, and identification" capability. This upgrade also incorporates a Tactical Work Station (TWS) similar to that on the HC-130H. The HU-25D was developed from the HU-25A. The HU-25A's AN/APS-127 radar was replaced with the AN/APS-143(V) Inverse Synthetic-Aperture Radar (ISAR) system. In addition, the HU-25D includes the same FLIR/EO/LLTV turret as the HU-25C+ and also incorporates the Tactical Work Station. A total of six HU-25Ds will remain in service.
The FY02 budget funded 17 operational airframes. Funding was provided to convert 6 HU-25A models to HU-25D models and all HU-25Cs were converted to HU-25C+ models. A May 2003 press release stated there were 9 C+ models and 6 D models active.
The Coast Guard plans to operate the HU-25 until 2014, but will begin phasing them out in 2009.

HH-60J/MH-60T Medium Range Recovery Helicopter
Speed 170 kts
Range: 600NM
Endurance: 6 Hours
Crew: 2 (O), 2 (E)
Pax: 6 (Armed) 18 (Unarmed)
Sensors: Radar, EO/IR,
Armament: .50 Cal Sniper, M242 .60Cal Machine Gun

The MRR solution has been dramatically altered in the revised Deepwater implementation plan. The HH-60 will be
modernized with improved avionics and a new T700 turbine power plant. The hardened HH-60 will receive an Airborne
Use of Force (AUF) package that will provide the capability to fire warning and disabling shots from the air while providing
for crew protection from small arms fire. When deployed from a Coast Guard flight deck-equipped cutter, this gives the
cutter the ability to apply force against a maritime target up to 400NM away. The MRR will additionally provide a Vertical
Insertion and Vertical Delivery (VI/VDEL) capability – the ability to deliver a 6-person interagency counter-terrorism or
response team 200NM from a US shore or a Coast Guard flight deck equipped cutter. The MRR will receive enhanced radar and optical sensors and will share a Common Operational Picture/MDA data exchange capability. The MRR will receive CBR D&D capabilities that will allow for insertion of specialized teams (e.g., NSF) into potential “hot” areas.
The revised Deepwater implementation plan retains and upgrades the Coast Guard’s existing fleet of HH-60s rather than
acquire new MRR replacement aircraft. The original Deepwater baseline had notionally selected the smaller AB-139 as the
MRR. This aircraft was determined to be unsuitable to meet the post 9/11 Airborne Use of Force and Vertical
Insertion/Vertical Delivery mission requirements. The retention and upgrade of HH-60s also creates a $500M savings to the
system that can be applied to other asset capability upgrades.
FY06 President’s Budget Request: Funds HH-60 AUF and V/VDEL installs, avionics upgrades, service life extension work, search radar and EO/IR upgrades.
According to USCG testimony in July 2004 before a Congressional committee on homeland security there are five MH-60Js operating from CGAS Elizabeth City. In addition to the ability to mount M240 machine guns, they are flying with WESCAM 12D sensor gimbals, EFW head-up displays, RT5000 civil radios, and revised exterior lighting.
HH-60Js are being modernized with a digital cockpit, new radars, a M240 machine gun, and a M-14 rifle derivative and will emerge as MH-60Ts. There were 22 MH-60Js in service at the end of 2006.
On December 8, 2004 HH-60J # 6020 from CGAS Kodiak crashed into the Bering Sea during a rescue. Another HH-60J is being acquired to replace it.

Cost per unit: $3.5 million Quantity: 42

HH-65/MH-65 B/C Multi-Mission Cutter Helicopter

Speed: 160 kts
Range: 400NM
Endurance: 4 Hours
Crew: 2 (O), 1 (E)
Pax: 3-4 (Armed) 4 (Unarmed)
Sensors: Radar, EO/IR
Armament: .50 Cal Sniper, M242 .60Cal MG

The MCH is an extremely agile and sophisticated aircraft that is dramatically improved through the revised Deepwater
implementation plan. The MCH power plant is upgraded with Turbomeca 2C2 turbines providing substantial power, flight
control and flight safety improvements. The MCH will receive an Airborne Use of Force (AUF) package that will provide
the capability to fire warning and disabling shots from the air. When deployed from a Coast Guard flight deck-equipped
cutter, this gives the cutter the ability to apply force against a maritime target up to 100NM away. The MCH will
additionally provide a Vertical Insertion and Vertical Delivery (VI/VDEL) capability – the ability to deliver a 3-person
interagency response team 50NM from shore or a Coast Guard flight deck-equipped cutter. The MCH will receive enhanced radar and optical sensors and will share a Common Operational Picture/MDA data exchange capability. These capabilities will be integrated with an improved avionics suite. The MCH will receive CBR D&D capabilities that will allow for standoff detection and crew protection capability. Other improvements include strengthened landing gear, a reel in deck landing system for heavy seas, and a new 10-bladed tail rotor and drive shaft that will allow the HH-65 to to move horizontally to the left or right at 70 knots. The new designation following these upgrades will be MH-65C.
MH-65Cs entered service in January 2007.
Four HH-65 DOLPHINs (6541, 6546, 6549, & 6594) have been lost in service-related accidents since their introduction in 1985.
Cost per unit: $8.8 million Quantity: 94 (83 operational)

MH-68A Stingray
Speed: 140-160 kts
Range: 280NM
Endurance: 2.5 Hours
Crew: 2 (O), 2 (E)
Sensors: Radar, EO/IR
Armament: 7.62mm M240 Machine Gun, M16 5.56mm Rifle and .50 cal RC50 Precision Rifle with LASER sights

The Sting Ray is an all-weather, short-range, armed interdiction helicopter, employing state of the art navigation, communication, and avionics equipment. The MH-68A Sting Ray's primary missions are maritime drug interdiction and Homeland Security.
Built by Agusta Aerospace Corporation, the Sting Ray is the military version of the A109E Power civilian helicopter, and is the newest helicopter in the U.S. Coast Guard inventory. The Sting Ray is flown by the U.S. Coast Guard's Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON) Jacksonville based at Cecil Field in Jacksonville, Florida.
HITRON aircrews routinely deploy aboard U.S. Coast Guard cutters patrolling the high seas to stem the tide of illegal drugs flowing into the United States. Sting Ray aircrews interdict go-fast smuggling vessels, using incremental steps to compel the vessel to stop. Ultimately, if the vessel refuses to comply, Sting Ray crews are authorized to disable the vessel's engines with gunfire. HITRON aircrews now also stand ready to deploy to cities around the nation to provide security for U.S. ports and associated waterways as a resource in the U.S. Coast Guard's new Maritime Homeland Security role whenever there is a credible terrorist threat.
MH-68As are to be replaced by MH-65C models in 2008.

C-37 Gulfstream V
Speed: 459 kts
Range: 6,500NM
Pax: 19

A single VC-37A aircraft is assigned to Reagan National Airport to serve as a long-range command and control aircraft that can be used to provide transportation for high-level Coast Guard and Homeland Security officials. It is capable of nonstop flight to any location in the United States. It is known as Coast Guard 01. CG 01 is the only ACARS equipped CG aircraft. It uses C101 on ACARS.

C-143 Challenger

A Canadair CL-604 Challenger is based at Reagan National Airport. Known as a VC-143 Medium Range Command and Control Aircraft, it's onboard secure communications suite provides operational support for high-level Coast Guard and Homeland Security officials.

RU-38B Reconnaissance Aircraft
Speed: 62-168 kts
Mission Speed: 83 kts
Ceiling 30,000 feet
Crew: 3

The design of the RU-38B is optimized to perform surveillance missions. Because it is point designed to carry integrated sensor payloads, it achieves better mission performance at significantly lower costs than aircraft designed for passenger or cargo-carrying roles. By equipping the RU-38B with two turbine engines and a modular payload concept, the same basic airframe can be adapted for low altitude, “quiet” reconnaissance or high altitude, standoff surveillance roles.

The RU-38B reconnaissance aircraft evolved directly from the SA 2-37B design. The most important differences between the RU-38B and the SA 2-37B are: a) the addition of twin turbine engines in a pusher-puller configuration; b) additional payload weight and volume; and c) a larger crew compartment. Because the RU-38B will routinely operate at low altitudes over water or hostile terrain, the addition of a second engine is important for safety. The aft engine has a full-feathering propeller and will typically be shut down during the “quiet” surveillance mode. The aft engine is in reality a redundant engine available to reduce the risk in the event of engine failure and to provide higher cruise speeds during ingress and egress.

The RU-38B is a third generation system that is unique because of the following innovative features:

Covert operation: low noise signature
Twin-engine reliability: Rolls Royce 250 Series turbine engines
Integrated, palletized multi-sensor payload suite
Spacious cockpit with dedicated payload operator station
Flexible mission performance: long endurance and high/low altitude
Low infrared signature
Low costs: acquisition and operating

Sensors: The RU-38B features 140 cubic feet of dedicated payload volume and the ability to operate with 800 pounds of mission sensors. Because the large payload bays were designed to palletize sensors, the RU-38B can be rapidly converted from one mission to another with modularized payloads. Large access doors are provided to all payload bays. Payload sensors and mission avionics are located in both tailbooms and behind the pilot/co-pilot seats in the fuselage.

The RU-38B's primary mission applications include: border integrity protection, counter drug detection and monitoring, maritime patrol, counter-terrorism surveillance, electronic intelligence collection, fisheries patrol, environmental monitoring, and search and rescue. For many missions, the RU-38B will be equipped with a SAR or sea search radar, a forward looking infrared (FLIR) system, a low light level electro optical sensor, and communication intercept electronics. These sensors are fully integrated to maximize day/night detection and monitoring capability. Precise GPS position data is integrated into the payload operator’s display and the FLIR/EO imagery recorded on the RU-38B’s dual recording system. Down link of sensor data is an option. It can also serve as a relay platform for control of UAV’s or of signals from the ground or other aircraft. Mission effectiveness of the RU-38B results from its covert operating capability and integrated sensor suite. Mission flexibility results from its high/low altitude performance and modular payload concept.

Crew Station: The RU-38B crew station is spacious and designed to maximize the effectiveness of the sensor operator(s). The co-pilot in the left seat has full flight controls and can serve as the backup sensor operator with displays and controls for all payloads. As an option, the RU-38B aircraft can have a dedicated sensor operator station located behind the pilot and co-pilot seats.

Covert Operation: The RU-38B utilized many of the same accoustic signature reduction techniques that have proven to be so successful of the SA 2-37B. Low engine power levels are required to maintain cruise flight because of the high aerodynamic efficiency of the air vehicle. The engines have a specially designed reduction gear box so that the propeller speed can be reduced to as little as 1000 RPM. Both engine inlet and exhaust are quieted by proprietary, state-of-the-art techniques developed by Schweizer Aircraft. By reducing the noise signature of the RU 2-38B so that it will not be detected during loiter flight, the mission effectivity of the system is greatly enhanced.

Source: Schweizer Aircraft

HV-911 VTOL Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VUAV)

Speed: 211 kts
Range: 100NM
Endurance: 6 Hours
Sensors: Radar, EO/IR

The Bell HV-911 Eagle Eye will possess the following characteristics: composite construction, low maintenance, shipboard deployable capabilities, six-hour flight endurance, 220 knots maximum air speed. The Eagle Eye will be deployed aboard the National Security Cutter (NSC) as part of the National Security Cutter “force package.” The force package will consist of an NSC and either two Eagle Eyes and one MCH helicopter or four Eagle Eyes. The “force package” will vary depending on the assigned mission. The Eagle Eye may also be deployed aboard legacy Deepwater cutters.
The primary function of the Eagle Eye is to receive and transmit data using its airborne sensor platform. The VUAV system includes the aircraft, the sensor payload, the data link, command and control system, launch and recovery and logistics support. The air vehicle is designed to carry and operate multiple mission payloads (MMPs), which would be pre-configured in easily removable and exchangeable air vehicle noses as mission sets change. The Eagle Eye will possess the ability to transmit Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) imagery as part of a Common Operational Picture (COP) to cutters. The VUAV will receive an air-to-air and air-to-surface multimode radar that will improve the Common Operational Picture/MDA to a range of 100NM from the flight deck-equipped cutter.
The quantity of VUAVs will be a smaller component of the Deepwater system to reflect a more efficient use of VUAVs per
operational flight decks. The VUAV will receive Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive Detection and
Defense (CBR D&D) capabilities that will allow for an unmanned standoff detection and monitoring capability.
The FY06 budget request funds the full operational capability of the first three VUAVs, production of the third VUAV, missionization of all three aircraft, and acquisition of ground control technology and training.
Cost per unit: $6.6 million Planned Quantity: 45

RQ-4 High Altitude Endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (HAEUAV)

Speed: 340 kts
Range: 2,800NM
Endurance: 30 Hours
Sensors: ISAR Radar, EO/IR

The RQ-4A is a leased system that will require no improvements in the revised Deepwater implementation plan. The
baseline capability of the platform is substantial. The HAEUAV will have a sophisticated sensor suite with ISAR radars and
EO/IR cameras that will feed the national Common Operational Picture/MDA. The airframe will be equipped with a
Specific emitter ID capability and AIS to feed the Intelligence-Information Collection and Sharing. The quantity of
HAEUAVs in the system has been reduced to reflect the strategic utilization of the platform in future years.
The FY06 budget request does not fund any capital investment in HAEUAVs, since this aircraft will be leased
from the supplier once the Deepwater infrastructure to support it has been fully implemented.
Cost per unit: will be leased Planned Quantity: 4

USCG Surface Asset Guide

Legend Class National Security Cutter (NSC/WMSL) (under construction)

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

Hull Name INT. C/S Homeport Remarks

WMSL 750 Bertholf NBCQ Alameda, CA 77% complete
WMSL 751 Waesche Alameda, CA 20% complete
WMSL 752 Alameda, CA

The NSC was designed to be the flagship of the fleet – capable of meeting all maritime security mission needs.The NSC contributes to Intelligence Collection/Information Sharing through a sophisticated S/SCIF, SEI sensors and increased data exchange
bandwidth. The NSC’s Deepwater and DoD interoperability capabilities are enhanced with DHS- and local responderinteroperable
radio communications. The NSC flight deck will accommodate all variants of DHS and DoD HH-60 helicopters to provide enhanced interoperability with interagency and inter-service counter-terrorism teams. The NSC will now be fully integrated with the National Distress Response Modernization Program, known as RESCUE 21, which will provide the port commanders with real-time tracking of the NSC and seamless Common Operational Picture/MDA data sharing, including the Automated Identification System (AIS). The NSC Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection suite will include underwater sonar that will allow the cutter to scan ports, approaches, facilities and high-value assets for underwater, minelike devices and detect swimmers. The cutter’s small arms mounts will be remote operated and fully integrated with the cutter’s radar and infrared sensors such that the cutter and high-value assets under its protection can be protected from a USS COLE-like incident. The Maritime Security Capabilities allow cutter’s weapons and command and control suite to be upgraded and hardened to better survive potential terrorist incidents and process increased data flow. This will include SRBOC/NULKA missile defense system with CIWS, SLQ-32, and a medium caliber deck gun (57MM) that will provide the ability to stop rogue merchant vessels far from shore. An integrated CBRNE Detection and Defense capability allows
the NSC to remain on scene and operate in Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) scenarios.
Cost per unit: $355 million
Planned Quantity: 6-8 cutters

Hamilton Class High-Endurance Cutter
Length: 378 feet
Speed: 29 kts
Displacement: 3,300 tons
Range: 9,000 nautical miles
Propulsion: CODAG (Combined Diesel and Gas) 2 Gas Turbines, 2 Diesels
Aircraft: 1 MH-68/HH-65 helicopter
Crew: 167
Years Built: 1967-1972
Armament: 76mm gun, 1 20mm Phalanx CIWS, cruise-missile defenses with countermeasures consisting of 2 SRBOC chaff and rapid decoy launchers. Two .50 caliber machine guns, 2 25mm Bushmaster guns.
Remarks: Large frigate-like patrol ships, intended for open-ocean, long-range operations. Equipped with SIPRNET. The 378-foot cutters typically operate 185 days away from home port per year. USCGC Muno is slated to change homeport to Kodiak in 2007.

Hull Name INT. C/S Homeport Remarks

WHEC 715 Hamilton NMAG San Diego, CA
WHEC 716 Dallas NPCR Charleston, SC In Charleston 5-19-07
WHEC 717 Mellon NMEL Seattle, WA
WHEC 718 Chase NLPM San Diego, CA
WHEC 719 Boutwell NYCQ Alameda, CA
WHEC 720 Sherman NMMJ Alameda, CA Returned from Pacific drug patrol 4-23-07
WHEC 721 Gallatin NJOR Charleston, SC In Charleston 5-19-07
WHEC 722 Morgenthau NDWA Alameda, CA
WHEC 723 Rush NLVS Honolulu, HI Returned from Pacific patrol 2-17-07
WHEC 724 Munro NGDF Alameda, CA
WHEC 725 Jarvis NAQD Honolulu, HI Returned from Alaskan fisheries patrol 12-15-06
WHEC 726 Midgett NHWR Seattle, WA Returned from Mideast deployment 3-15-07

Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC/WMSM)
Length: 350 feet
Displacement: 3,200 Tons
Speed: 27 kts
Range: 9,000 nautical miles
Propulsion: 4 Diesels
Endurance: 45 Days
Aircraft: 2 HH-65 or 4 HV-911
Boats: 2 LRI or 2 SRP
Crew: 16 Officers, 75 Enlisted
Armament: 57MM Cannon, MK15 CIWS, SLQ-32, SRBOC/NULKA

The OPC is currently in concept design. The revised Deepwater implementation plan provides additional capabilities to
reflect the domestic environment changes post-9/11. The OPC is designed to contribute to Intelligence
Collection/Information Sharing through a sophisticated S/SCIF, SEI sensors and increased data exchange bandwidth. The
OPC’s Deepwater and DoD interoperability capabilities are enhanced with DHS- and local responder-interoperable radio
communications. The OPC flight deck will accommodate all variants of DHS and DoD HH-60 helicopters. The OPC will now be fully
integrated with the National Distress Response Modernization Program, known as RESCUE 21, which will provide the port
commanders with real-time tracking of the OPC and seamless Common Operational Picture/MDA data sharing, including
the Automated Identification System (AIS). The cutter’s two-person manually operated small arms mounts will be remote
operated and fully integrated with the cutters, radar and infrared sensors such that the cutter and high-value assets under its
protection can be protected from a USS COLE-like incident. The Maritime Security Capabilities allow cutter’s weapons
and command and control suite to be upgraded and hardened to better survive potential terrorist incidents and process
increased data flow. This will include a medium caliber deck gun (57MM) that will provide the ability to stop rogue
merchant vessels far from shore. The OPC speed will increase from 22 to 27 knots providing exceptional response and
reaction capability. This increased transit speed will allow for more time on station protecting port approaches. An
integrated Chemical, Biological, and Radiological, Detection and Defense (CBRD&D) capability allows the OPC to remain
on scene and operate in Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) scenarios.

Famous Class Medium-Endurance Cutter
Length: 270 feet
Speed: 19 kts
Displacement: 1,800 tons
Range: 12,000 nautical miles
Propulsion: 2 Diesels
Aircraft: 1 MH-68/HH-65 helicopter
Crew: 100
Years Built: 1983-1991
Armament: 76mm gun, cruise-missile defenses with countermeasures consisting of 2 SRBOC chaff and rapid decoy launchers and SLQ-32 EW system. Two .50 caliber machine guns.
Remarks: Multipurpose cutters designed for general patrol duties; fitted with a telescoping helicopter hangar. Designed for 14-day patrols, they are commonly forced to carry out 90-day patrols in the Caribbean. Equipped with ALE & SIPRNET.

Hull Name INT. C/S Homeport Remarks
WMEC 901 Bear NRKN Portsmouth, VA Training in Sector Charleston 11-29-06
WMEC 902 Tampa NIKL Portsmouth, VA On Caribbean patrol 5-17-07
WMEC 903 Harriet Lane NHNC Portsmouth, VA On Caribbean patrol 5-17-07
WMEC 904 Northland NLGF Portsmouth, VA Returned from Caribbean drug patrol 4-11-07
WMEC 905 Spencer NWHE Boston, MA Returned from Caribbean drug patrol 12-24-06
WMEC 906 Seneca NFMK Boston, MA On Caribbean patrol 12-8-06
WMEC 907 Escanaba NNAS Boston, MA
WMEC 908 Tahoma NCBE Kittery, ME Returned from Caribbean patrol 5-10-07
WMEC 909 Campbell NRDC Kittery, ME
WMEC 910 Thetis NYWL Key West, FL
WMEC 911 Forward NICB Portsmoth, VA On Caribbean patrol 4-27-07
WMEC 912 Legare NRPM Portsmouth, VA Returned from African deployment 5-3-07
WMEC 913 Mohawk NRUF Key West, FL

Reliance Class Medium-Endurance Cutter
Length: 210 feet
Speed: 18 kts
Displacement: 1,020 tons
Range: 12,000 nautical miles
Propulsion: 2 Diesels
Aircraft: 1 MH-68/HH-65 helicopter
Crew: 75
Years Built: 1964-1969
Armament: 1 25mm gun, two .50 caliber machine guns.
Remarks: Equipped with SIPRNET.

Hull Name INT. C/S Homeport Remarks
WMEC 615 Reliance NJPJ Kittery, ME On Caribbean patrol 2-8-07
WMEC 616 Diligence NMUD Wilmington, NC
WMEC 617 Vigilant NHIC Cape Canaveral, FL Returned from Caribbean patrol 3-28-07
WMEC 618 Active NRTF Port Angeles, WA
WMEC 619 Confidence NHKW Cape Canaveral, FL
WMEC 620 Resolute NRLT St. Petersburg, FL Returned from Caribbean patrol 5-11-07
WMEC 621 Valiant NVAI Miami Beach, FL
WMEC 623 Steadfast NSTF Astoria, OR In San Diego 3-25-07
WMEC 624 Dauntless NDTS Galveston, TX Returned from Caribbean patrol 2-16-07
WMEC 625 Venturous NVES St. Petersburg, FL Returned from Caribbean patrol 12-13-06
WMEC 626 Dependable NOWK Cape May, NJ
WMEC 627 Vigorous NQSP Cape May, NJ
WMEC 629 Decisive NUHC Pascagoula, MS Returned from Caribbean patrol 5-17-07
WMEC 630 Alert NZVE Astoria, OR

Alex Haley Class Large Patrol Cutter
Length: 282 feet
Speed: 18 kts
Displacement: 3,000 tons
Range: 12,000 nautical miles
Propulsion: 4 Diesels
Aircraft: 1 MH-68/HH-65/HH-60J helicopter
Crew: 99
Built: 1971
Armament: 2 25mm guns, two .50 caliber machine guns.
Remarks: Former USN salvage tug transferred to USCG and converted to operate in Alaskan waters as a patrol and rescue ship. The conversion included addition of a helicopter deck aft. The ship retains a heavy towing capability, but most salvage gear was removed. A helo hangar has now been added.

Hull Name INT. C/S Homeport Remarks
WMEC 39 Alex Haley NZPO Kodiak, AK

Diver Class Patrol Cutter
Length: 213 feet
Speed: 15 kts
Displacement: 1,750 tons
Range: 9,000 nautical miles
Propulsion: 4 Diesels
Aircraft: none
Crew: 75
Built: 1944
Armament: Two .50 caliber machine guns.
Remarks: Sole survivor of six USN salvage ships and fleet tugs transferred to the USCG. Long overdue for replacement, but will continue in service for at least a few more years, in Alaskan waters. Conversion for USCG service included removal of all salvage and towing gear.

Hull Name INT. C/S Homeport Remarks
WMEC 167 Acushnet NNHA Kodiak, AK

Fast Response Cutter (FRC/WPC)
Length: 140 feet
Displacement: 325 Tons
Speed: 30 kts
Range: 4,230NM
Propulsion: 4 Diesels
Endurance: 7 Days
Aircraft: None
Boats: 1 SRP
Crew: 2 Officers, 18 Enlisted
Armament: 25MM Gun, SRBOC/NULKA

The FRC is currently in detailed design. The FRC has been dramatically modified to meet post 9/11 mission requirements.
The original steel-hulled FRC with an expected service life of 15-20 years has been replaced with a composite-hulled craft
with a 40-year hull-life. The FRC will be designed from the keel up to be Deepwater interoperable. The FRC will receive
enhanced Maritime Security Capabilities that will support Homeland Security and Homeland Defense in American waters
through increased speed and lethality. The FRC speed will increase from 28 to 30 knots providing exceptional response and
reaction capability. This increased transit speed will allow for more time on station protecting port approaches. CBR D&D
will be integrated to allow the FRC to respond to WMD incidents and provide a federal on-scene presence. The FRC will
now receive critical DHS and DoD communications Interoperability improvements that will equal those that exist in the
fleet today, including Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM) and local responder-interoperable radio
communications. Common Operational Picture enhancements to the FRC will now be fully integrated with the National
Distress Response Modernization Program, known as RESCUE 21, which will provide the port commanders with real-time
tracking of the FRC and seamless data sharing, including the Automated Identification System (AIS). Electronic
surveillance systems will feed the Deepwater Intelligence Collection/Information Sharing/MDA. The cutter’s small arms
mounts will be remote operated and fully integrated with the cutter’s radar and infrared sensors such that the cutter and
high-value assets under its protection can be protected from a USS COLE-like incident.
Cost per unit: $40 million
Quantity: 43-58 cutters

Cyclone Class Coastal Patrol Ships
Length: 179 feet
Speed: 35 kts
Displacement: 370 tons
Range: 2,000 nautical miles
Propulsion: 4 Diesels
Aircraft: none
Crew: 27
Built: 1993-2000
Armament: 1 25mm Bushmaster low-angle gun, 1 25mm Bushmaster/40mm grenade launcher, 1 Stinger SAM station (6 missiles), 1 40mm grenade launcher, 2 .50 cal machine guns, two 7.62mm machine guns
Remarks: The 179-foot Cyclone Class Patrol Coastal Boats will conduct Homeland Security, Search and Rescue and Law Enforcement operations in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. The Cyclone class patrol boats will fill a gap in Coast Guard resources at a time when the service's inventory of 110-foot patrol boats are being converted to 123-foot cutters and the rest of the fleet continues a historic, high operational tempo.

Hull Name INT. C/S Homeport Remarks
WPC 2 Tempest NTAC Pascagoula, MS
WPC 4 Monsoon NMSN San Diego, CA
WPC 8 Zephyr NZEP San Diego, CA
WPC 13 Shamal NSHA Pascagoula, MS
WPC 14 Tornado Pascagoula, MS

123 Foot Island Class Patrol Boat
Length: 123 feet
Speed: 27 kts
Displacement: 176 tons
Range: 3,180 nautical miles
Propulsion: 2 Diesels
Aircraft: none
Crew: 16
Built: 1986-1992
Armament: 1 25mm Bushmaster gun, two .50 cal machine guns
Remarks: General-purpose patrol boats, suited mainly for SAR and law enforcement. They have been extensively upgraded including lengthening to 123 feet with a stern-launch small boat facility, replacement of the superstructure, re-arrangment of internal spaces, and new electronics and communication gear. Conversion of 110 foot boats to 123 feet was stopped at 8 hulls. Carry 1 SRP boat.
All vessels are suffering from severe hull fatigue and are unable to make deployments.
In February all the 123s were reported to be in Baltimore.

Hull Name INT. C/S Homeport Remarks
WPB 1303 Matagorda NAYM Baltimore, MD To decommission
WPB 1317 Attu NASB Baltimore, MD To decommission
WPB 1325 Metompkin NBKZ Baltimore, MD To decommission
WPB 1328 Padre NDCX Baltimore, MD To decommission
WPB 1302 Manitou NRKA Baltimore, MD To decommission
WPB 1305 Monhegan NEGS Baltimore, MD To decommission
WPB 1306 Nunivak NHPX Baltimore, MD To decommission
WPB 1308 Vashon NJEH Baltimore, MD To decommission

110 Foot Island Class Patrol Boat
Length: 110 feet
Speed: 29 kts
Displacement: 154 tons
Range: 1,900 nautical miles
Propulsion: 2 Diesels
Aircraft: none
Crew: 16
Built: 1986-1992
Armament: 1 25mm Bushmaster gun, two .50 cal machine guns
Remarks: General-purpose patrol boats, suited mainly for SAR and law enforcement. They were constructed in three batches, with various impovements and changes. Although intended for 10-14 day local patrols, they are making Caribbean patrols of up to 60 days. Planned for a service life of only 15 years. Conversion of 110 foot boats to 123 feet was stopped at 8 hulls.

Hull Name INT. C/S Homeport Remarks
WPB 1301 Farallon NABK Miami Beach, FL
WPB 1304 Maui NBEI Miami Beach, FL Deployed to CENTCOM
WPB 1307 Ocracoke NGBL San Juan, PR To change homeport to Miami
WPB 1309 Aquidneck NBTC Atlantic Beach, NC Deployed to CENTCOM
WPB 1310 Mustang NJSH Seward, AK
WPB 1311 Naushon NEWR Ketchikan, AK
WPB 1312 Sanibel NDCK Woods Hole, MA
WPB 1313 Edisto NLKY San Diego, CA
WPB 1314 Sapelo NHKD Key West, FL
WPB 1315 Matinicus NDIS San Juan, PR
WPB 1316 Nantucket NKVQ Miami Beach, FL To decommission
WPB 1318 Baranof NCUI Miami Beach, FL Deployed to CENTCOM
WPB 1319 Chandeleur NFFS Miami Beach, FL
WPB 1320 Chincoteague NAOI Key West, FL
WPB 1321 Cushing NOFR San Juan, PR
WPB 1322 Cuttyhunk NEDI Port Angeles, WA
WPB 1323 Drummond NHSD Key West, FL
WPB 1324 Key Largo NGEI Key West, FL
WPB 1326 Monomoy NKEC Woods Hole, MA Deployed to CENTCOM
WPB 1327 Orcas NTBZ Coos Bay, OR
WPB 1329 Sitkinak NBNW Miami Beach, FL
WPB 1330 Tybee NERH Woods Hole, MA
WPB 1331 Washington NVMJ Apra Harbor, Guam
WPB 1332 Wrangell NFWC South Portland, ME Deployed to CENTCOM
WPB 1333 Adak NZRW Sandy Hook, NJ Deployed to CENTCOM
WPB 1334 Liberty NJHT Auke Bay, AK
WPB 1335 Anacapa NEXY Petersburg, AK
WPB 1336 Kiska NUSF Hilo, HI
WPB 1337 Assateague NDRV Apra Harbor, Guam
WPB 1338 Grand Isle NABD Gloucester, MA
WPB 1339 Key Biscayne NGYS St. Petersburg, FL
WPB 1340 Jefferson Island NORW South Portland, ME
WPB 1341 Kodiak Island NWHD St. Petersburg, FL Spotted in yards in Rhode Island 12-06
WPB 1342 Long Island NOQU Valdez, AK
WPB 1343 Bainbridge Island NLIL Sandy Hook, NJ
WPB 1344 Block Island NPBB Atlantic Beach, NC
WPB 1345 Staten Island NSEL Atlantic Beach, NC
WPB 1346 Roanoke Island NEXP Homer, AK
WPB 1347 Pea Island NCSR St. Petersburg, FL
WPB 1348 Knight Island NMFN St. Petersburg, FL
WPB 1349 Galveston Island NRLP Honolulu, HI

87 Foot Marine Protector Class Patrol Boat
Length: 87 feet
Speed: 25 kts
Displacement: 91 tons
Range: 900 nautical miles
Propulsion: 2 Diesels
Aircraft: none
Crew: 10
Built: 1998-2005
Armament: Two .50 cal machine guns
Remarks: The newly designed 87' Coastal Patrol Boat has several enhancements over the aging 82s, including improved mission sea keeping abilities (up to sea state 5) and significantly upgraded habitability.It also employs an innovative stern launch and recovery system using an Aluminum hulled inboard diesel powered waterjet small boat. The vastly larger pilot house is equipped with an integrated bridge system including an electronic chart display system (ECDIS) which interfaces with the CG’s new surface search radar. SWIII computers along with a fiber optic network will also be installed, allowing the crew to access the vessel’s CD-ROM tech pubs and drawings.

Hull Name INT. C/S Homeport Remarks
WPB 87301 Barracuda NIUD Eureka, CA
WPB 87302 Hammerhead NHAM Woods Hole, MA
WPB 87303 Mako NYVC Cape May, NJ
WPB 87304 Marlin NJZP Ft. Meyers, FL
WPB 87305 Stingray NBRG Mobile, AL
WPB 87306 Dorado NJEC Crescent City, CA
WPB 87307 Osprey NBRF Port Townsend, WA
WPB 87308 Chinook NZPU New London, CT
WPB 87309 Albacore NZRG Little Creek, VA
WPB 87310 Tarpon NTWX Tybee Island, GA
WPB 87311 Cobia NTXJ Mobile, AL
WPB 87312 Hawksbill NTXR Monterey, CA
WPB 87313 Cormorant NTMF Ft. Pierce, FL
WPB 87314 Finback NTMR Cape May, NJ
WPB 87315 Amberjack NTMV Port Isabel, TX
WPB 87316 Kittiwake NTNL Nawiliwili, HI
WPB 87317 Blackfin NTQA Santa Barbara, CA
WPB 87318 Bluefin NRKI Ft. Pierce, FL
WPB 87319 Yellowfin NRKG Charleston, SC
WPB 87320 Manta NRKD Freeport, TX
WPB 87321 Coho NARU Panama City, FL
WPB 87322 Kingfisher NPAL Mayport, FL
WPB 87323 Seahawk NZTM Carrabelle, FL
WPB 87324 Steelhead NIIU Port Aransas, TX
WPB 87325 Beluga NZSR Little Creek, VA
WPB 87326 Blacktip NMHU Oxnard, CA
WPB 87327 Pelican NFSH Abbeville, LA
WPB 87328 Ridley NRDD Montauk, NY
WPB 87329 Cochito NDCV Little Creek, VA
WPB 87330 Man-O-War NJQA Galveston, TX
WPB 87331 Moray NJZP Jonesport, ME
WPB 87332 Razorbill NJSJ Gulfport, MS
WPB 87333 Adelie NTRK Port Angeles, WA
WPB 87334 Gannet NUGW Fort Lauderdale, FL
WPB 87335 Narwhal NTHA Corona Del Mar, CA
WPB 87336 Sturgeon NTGT Grand Isle, LA
WPB 87337 Sockeye NAVC Bodega Bay, CA
WPB 87338 Ibis NWBC Cape May, NJ
WPB 87339 Pompano NVIP Gulfport, MS
WPB 87340 Halibut NNGH Marina Del Rey, CA
WPB 87341 Bonito NNGB Pensacola, FL
WPB 87342 Shrike NPBG Port Canaveral, FL
WPB 87343 Tern NEOT San Franscisco, CA
WPB 87344 Heron NEPM Sabine, TX
WPB 87345 Wahoo NEOB Port Angeles, WA
WPB 87346 Flying Fish NAXN Boston, MA
WPB 87347 Haddock NAXP San Diego, CA
WPB 87348 Brant NAYS Corpus Christi, TX
WPB 87349 Shearwater NAYT Portsmouth, VA
WPB 87350 Petrel NAYU San Diego, CA
WPB 87352 Sea Lion Bellingham, WA
WPB 87353 Skipjack NFOY Galveston, TX
WPB 87354 Dolphin NAYL Miami, FL Returned from overhaul in Rhode Island 5-7-07
WPB 87355 Hawk NAWH St. Petersburg, FL
WPB 87356 Sailfish NCNF Sandy Hook, NJ
WPB 87357 Sawfish NBCU Key West, FL
WPB 87358 Swordfish Port Angeles, WA
WPB 87359 Tiger Shark Newport, RI
WPB 87360 Blue Shark Everett, WA
WPB 87361 Sea Horse Portsmouth, VA
WPB 87362 Sea Otter San Diego, CA
WPB 87363 Manatee Ingleside, TX
WPB 87364 Ahi Honolulu, HI
WPB 87365 Pike San Francisco, CA
WPB 87366 Terrapin Bellingham, WA

Healy Class Icebreaker
Length: 420 feet
Speed: 17 kts
Displacement: 16,400 tons
Range: 16,000 nautical miles
Propulsion: 4 Diesels
Aircraft: 2 HH-65s
Crew: 75
Built: 1999

Hull Name INT. C/S Homeport Remarks
WAGB 20 Healy NEPP Seattle, WA

Polar Class Icebreaker
Length: 399 feet
Speed: 20 kts
Displacement: 16,400 tons
Range: 28,000 nautical miles
Propulsion: 3 Gas Turbines, 6 Diesels
Aircraft: 2 HH-65s
Crew: 134
Built: 1976
Armament: none
Remarks: These cutters, specifically designed for open-water icebreaking have reinforced hulls, special icebreaking bows, and a system that allows rapid shifting of ballast to increase the effectiveness of their icebreaking. They serve in Arctic/Antarctic serving science and research as well as providing supplies to remote stations. Both Polar Class icebreakers are under the control of Pacific Area, Ice Operations Section.

Hull Name INT. C/S Homeport Remarks
WAGB 10 Polar Star NBTM Seattle, WA Mothballed 6-30-06
WAGB 11 Polar Sea NRUO Seattle, WA Returned from Antarctica 4-3-07

Mackinaw Class Icebreaker
Length: 240 feet
Speed: 15 kts
Displacement: 3,500 tons
Range: 4,000 nautical miles
Propulsion: 3 Diesels, Bow Thruster
Aircraft: none
Crew: 50
Built: 2005
Armament: none
Remarks: A new icebreaker to replace the current Mackinaw. A dual icebreaker/buoy tender combination.

Hull Name INT. C/S Homeport Remarks
WLBB 30 Mackinaw NBGB Cheboygan, MI

Juniper Class Seagoing Buoy Tender
Length: 225 feet
Speed: 15 kts
Displacement: 2,000 tons
Range: 6,000 nautical miles
Propulsion: 2 Diesels
Crew: 40
Built: 1996-2004
Armament: Two .50 cal machine guns
Remarks: These are large, highly capable, multirole ships. There is a 15-ton hydraulic crane forward and there is a built-in oil spill recovery system. 45 day endurance. Capable of operations in 8-foot seas. Freshwater icebreaking capability. The 225' WLB is equipped with a single controllable pitch propeller, bow and stern thrusters which give the cutter the maneuverability it needs to tend buoys offshore and in restricted waters. Some are ALE equipped.

Hull Name INT. C/S Homeport Remarks
WLB 201 Juniper NDBC Newport, RI
WLB 202 Willow Newport, RI
WLB 203 Kukui NKJU Honolulu, HI
WLB 204 Elm NRPK Atlantic Beach, NC
WLB 205 Walnut NZNE Honolulu, HI
WLB 206 Spar NJAR Kodiak, AK
WLB 207 Maple NWBE Sitka, AK
WLB 208 Aspen NTUG San Franscisco, CA
WLB 209 Sycamore NTGG Cordova, AK
WLB 210 Cypress NCPI Mobile, AL Returned from Florida straits patrol 4-10-07
WLB 211 Oak NAXQ Charleston, SC Returned from Caribbean deployment 5-11-07
WLB 212 Hickory NAZJ Homer, AK
WLB 213 Fir NAYV Astoria, OR
WLB 214 Hollyhock NHHF Port Huron, MI
WLB 215 Sequoia NBHF Apra Harbor, Guam
WLB 216 Alder NGML Duluth, MI

Keeper Class Coastal Buoy Tender
Length: 175 feet
Speed: 12 kts
Displacement: 840 tons
Range: 2,000 nautical miles
Propulsion: 2 Diesels, 2 Z-Drives
Crew: 24
Built: 1996-2000
Remarks: Scaled-down version of the Juniper class with a 10 ton hydraulic crane forward; freshwater icebreaking capability, and oil spill recovery system. They are the first Coast Guard cutters equipped with Z-Drive propulsion units instead of the standard propeller and rudder configuration. They are designed to independently rotate 360 degrees. Combined with a thruster in the bow, they give the Keeper -class cutters unmatched maneuverability.

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

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

Hull Name INT. C/S Homeport Remarks
WLI 313 Bluebell NODD Portland, OR
WLI 642 Buckthorn NADT Sault St. Marie, MI

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

Hull Name Homeport Remarks
WLI 65303 Blackberry Long Beach, NC
WLI 65400 Bayberry Seattle, WA Mothballed 12-6-05. Logged in Sector Charleston 10-25-06
WLI 65401 Elderberry Petersburg, AK

160 Foot Inland Construction Tender
Length: 160 feet
Speed: 11 kts
Displacement: 460 tons
Range: 5,350 nautical miles
Propulsion: 2 Diesels
Crew: 14
Built: 1976-1977
Remarks: Large, modern inland construction tenders. Self-contained ships, not requiring a separate work barge; they have a large crane on a long working deck.

Hull Name INT. C/S Homeport Remarks
WLIC 800 Pamlico NAYE New Orleans, LA
WLIC 801 Hudson NCWX Miami, FL
WLIC 802 Kennebec NRDJ Portsmouth, VA
WLIC 803 Saginaw NJOY Mobile, AL

100 Foot Inland Construction Tender
Length: 100 feet
Speed: 10 kts
Displacement: 218 tons
Range: 2,700 nautical miles
Propulsion: 2 Diesels
Crew: 14
Built: 1944
Remarks: Smilax pushes a 70' construction barge.

Hull Name INT. C/S Homeport Remarks
WLIC 315 Smilax NRYN Atlantic Beach, NC

75 Foot Inland Construction Tender
Length: 75 feet
Speed: 9 kts
Displacement: 140 tons
Range: 2,500 nautical miles
Propulsion: 2 Diesels
Crew: 13
Built: 1962-1966
Remarks: The 75' WLICs push 68' and 84' construction barges. The barges are equipped with cranes and other ATON equipment to drive piles and work the smaller sized buoys.

Hull Name Homeport Remarks
WLIC 75301 Anvil Charleston, SC
WLIC 75302 Hammer Mayport, FL
WLIC 75303 Sledge Baltimore, MD
WLIC 75304 Mallet Corpus Christi, TX
WLIC 75305 Vise St. Petersburg, FL
WLIC 75306 Clamp Galveston, TX
WLIC 75309 Hatchet Galveston, TX
WLIC 75310 Axe Mobile, AL

65 Foot River Buoy Tender
Length: 65 feet
Speed: 10 kts
Displacement: 146 tons
Range: 3,500 nautical miles
Propulsion: 2 Diesels
Crew: 12
Built: 1960-1962
Remarks: Tug-type tenders for the western rivers; each pushes a buoy barge.

Hull Name Homeport Remarks
WLR 65501 Ouachita Chattanooga, TN
WLR 65502 Cimarron Paris Landing, TN
WLR 65503 Obion Owensboro, KY
WLR 65504 Scioto Keokuk, IA
WLR 65505 Osage Sewickley, PA
WLR 65506 Sangamon Peoria, IL

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

Hull Name Homeport Remarks
WLR 75401 Gasconade Omaha, NE
WLR 75402 Muskingum Sallisaw, OK
WLR 75403 Wyaconda Dubuque, IA
WLR 75404 Chippewa Paris Landing, TN
WLR 75405 Cheyenne St. Louis, MO
WLR 75406 Kickapoo Vicksburg, MS
WLR 75407 Kanawha Pine Bluff, AR
WLR 75408 Patoka Greenville, MS
WLR 75409 Chena Hickman, KY

Kankakee Class 75 Foot River Buoy Tender
Length: 75 feet
Speed: 12 kts
Displacement: 172 tons
Range: 3,100 nautical miles
Propulsion: 2 Diesels
Crew: 19
Built: 1990
Remarks: New tug-type tenders. Push 130 foot buoy barges.

Hull Name Homeport Remarks
WLR 75500 Kankakee Memphis, TN
WLR 75501 Greenbrier Natchez, MS

49 Foot Stern Loading Buoy Boat
Length: 49 feet
Speed: 10 kts
Displacement: 36 tons
Range: 300 miles
Propulsion: 2 Diesels
Endurance: 4 days
Crew: 4
Built: 1997-2002
Remarks: The BUSL fleet was constructed at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, MD. They are designed to provide a stable, versatile platform capable of operating in ocean harbors, major lakes, or navigable rivers, and can recover short range aids to navigation items. Their A-frame crane is rated at 4,500 lbs.

Hull Homeport Remarks
BUSL 49401 ANT Bristol
BUSL 49402 ANT Sledge/Baltimore
BUSL 49403 ANT Woods Hole
BUSL 49404 ANT Saugerties
BUSL 49405 ANT New York
BUSL 49406 ANT Moriches
BUSL 49407 ANT Cape May
BUSL 49408 ANT Charleston
BUSL 49409 ANT New York
BUSL 49410 ANT Long Island Sound
BUSL 49411 ANT Long Island Sound
BUSL 49412 ANT Grand Haven
BUSL 49413 ANT Buffalo
BUSL 49414 STA Burlington
BUSL 49415 ANT Panama City
BUSL 49416 ANT Jacksonville
BUSL 49417 ANT Boston Spotted 9-28-06
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 Sledge/Baltimore

55 Foot Aid-to-Navigation Boat
Length: 55 feet
Speed: 21.5 kts
Displacement: 34 tons
Range: 175 miles
Propulsion: 2 Diesels
Endurance: 4-5 days
Crew: 4
Built: 1977-1988
Remarks: The 55-foot boats service small buoys and service fixed structures. They have a lifting capacity of 2,000/3,000 lbs and a cargo capacity of 8,000 lbs. The boats are designed for live-aboard and have small repair shops for repairing ATONS while underway.

Hull Homeport Remarks
ANB 55101
ANB 55102
ANB 55103
ANB 55104
ANB 55105
ANB 55106
ANB 55107 ANT Seattle, WA Spotted 11-16-06
ANB 55108
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
ANB 55122

Bay Class Icebreaking Tug
Length: 140 feet
Speed: 14 kts
Displacement: 690 tons
Range: 1,500 nautical miles
Propulsion: 2 Diesels
Aircraft: none
Crew: 17
Built: 1979-1988
Armament: 2 machine guns
Remarks: The 140-foot Bay-class Cutters are state of the art icebreakers used primarily for domestic ice breaking duties. They are named after American Bays and are stationed mainly in Northeast U.S. and Great Lakes. WTGBs use a low-pressure-air hull lubrication or bubbler system that forces air and water between the hull and ice. This system improves icebreaking capabilities by reducing resistance against the hull, reducing horsepower requirements. ALE equipped.

Hull Name INT. C/S Homeport Remarks
WTGB 101 Katamai Bay NRLX Sault St. Marie, MI
WTGB 102 Bristol Bay NRLY Detroit, MI
WTGB 103 Mobile Bay NRUR Sturgeon Bay, WI
WTGB 104 Biscayne Bay NRUS St. Ignace, MI
WTGB 105 Neah Bay NRUU Cleveland, MI
WTGB 106 Morro Bay NMHK New London, CT
WTGB 107 Penobscot Bay NIGY Bayonne, NJ
WTGB 108 Thunder Bay NNTB Rockland, ME
WTGB 109 Sturegon Bay NSXB Bayonne, NJ

65 Foot Harbor Tugs
Length: 65 feet
Speed: 10 kts
Displacement: 72 tons
Range: 2,700 nautical miles
Propulsion: 1 Diesel
Crew: 6
Built: 1961-1967
Remarks: They are employed only on the east coast, from Maine to Virginia.

Hull Name Homeport Remarks
WYTL 65601 Capstan Philadelphia, PA
WYTL 65602 Chock Portsmouth, VA
WYTL 65604 Tackle Crisfield, MD
WYTL 65607 Bridle Southwest Harbor, ME
WYTL 65608 Pendant Boston, MA
WYTL 65609 Shackle South Portland, ME
WYTL 65610 Hawser Bayonne, NJ
WYTL 65611 Line Bayonne, NJ
WYTL 65612 Wire Saugerties, NY
WYTL 65614 Bollard New Haven, CT
WYTL 65615 Cleat Philadelphia, PA

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

Hull Name INT. C/S Homeport Remarks
WIX 327 Eagle NRCB New London, CT

Long Range Interceptor (under construction)
Length: 35 feet
Displacement: 15 Tons
Speed: 45 kts
Range: 400NM
Endurance: 10 Hours
Crew: 2 + 8 PAX
Armament: .60 Cal Machine Gun
Remarks: The 25-feet Short Range Prosecutor (SRP) and the new 35-feet Long Ranger Interceptor (LRI) are the two new Rigid-Hull Inflatable small boats being introduced for the Deepwater cutters. The quantity of LRIs are planned to compose a smaller part of Deepwater’s final strength in a trade off with the Short Range Prosecutor that maximizes the utility of these two small boat assets. The LRI will now receive critical DHS and DoD C4ISR interoperability improvements including MILSATCOM. The LRI provides the ability for a cutter to deploy an armed boarding or counter-terrorism team over the horizon, up to 100NM from the cutter at speeds of 45kts or more. The enclosed cabin of the boat will provide crew protection for up to 10 hours thereby increasing operational presence and deterrence in security situations. The bow-mounted M242 machine gun provides visible deterrence and stopping power against maritime targets.
FY06 President’s Budget Request: Funds the acquisition of 2 LRIs.
Cost per unit: $.7 million
Planned Quantity: 31-33

Short Range Prosecutor (SRP)
Length: 25 feet
Displacement: 9 Tons
Speed: 32 kts
Range: 200NM
Endurance: 4 Hours
Crew: 2 + 8 PAX
Armament: Small Arms
Remarks: The 25-feet Short Range Prosecutor (SRP) and the new 35-feet Long Ranger Interceptor (LRI) are the two new Rigid-Hull Inflatable small boats being introduced for the Deepwater cutters. The quantity of SRPs will compose a larger component of the Deepwater system in a trade off with the LRI that maximizes the utility of these two small boat assets. The SRP provides the capability to deploy armed boarding teams within 20 miles of the parent cutter at speeds of 32 knots. The SRP can exchange data with the parent cutter, thereby maintaining a coordinated response posture and respond quickly to security zone breaches. Six SRPs are in service on the 123 foot cutters.
Cost per unit: $.3 million
Planned Quantity: 74-91

Defender Class Response Boats
Length: 25 feet
Armament: Small Arms
Remarks: In July 2003 the Coast Guard began the purchase of up to 700 “Defender Class” 25’ response boats. The specially designed Response Boats will replace nearly 300 non-standard shore based boats and provide a standardized platform for the Coast Guard’s new Maritime Safety and Security Teams (MSST’s), which were established as a result of the September 11th terrorist attacks. The boats will be used for most of the Coast Guard’s multiple shore based missions. Delivery of the boats began in July 2003 and will continue to arrive at Coast Guard units at a rate of approximately 2 per week. The 25’ Response Boats provide greater capability to support nearly all of the Coast Guards multiple missions. Some of the features of the Response Boats such as twin outboard engines (speed) and communications (with other agencies) will enhance the homeland security and other missions. The new Response Boats will be utilized by Coast Guard Stations, Marine Safety & Security Teams (MSST’s), selected Marine Safety Units and selected Training Commands.

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

Maritime Safety and Security Teams

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Personnel & Equipment

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

National Strike Force

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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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 138-174MHZ - 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 115-152MHZ - 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 403-512MHZ - 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 1.6-30MHZ SSB - Primary Voice - Range: 0 to 400+ miles - Micom-2R Transceiver - 1 ea - Clear/Secure

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Secure Voice Telephone - STE Phone - 1 ea - Secure

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

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

Standard Coast Guard Aircraft radio.

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

Interoperable radio capable of communications with the local Police, Fire Departments, and various other Law Enforcement agencies.
Must be programmed onsite to allow for interoperability.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• OTCIXS - Requires use of MILSATCOM - 1 ea - Secure

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

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

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

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

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

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

Telecommunications & Information Systems Command (TISCOM)

Coast Guard Telecommunication and Information Systems Command (TISCOM) located in Alexandria, Virginia, provides telecommunications, electronics, and information systems support to the Coast Guard. The Command is the Coast Guard's lead developer of voice and data communications systems. Building modern digital communication networks, integrating computer technology into the Coast Guard's daily routine is our primary responsibility. The focus of the TISCOM team of engineers, technicians, and support staff is to solve today's information technology problems through timely, quality service to the field.

TISCOM is organized into ten divisions: Administration, Ceremonial Honor Guard, Facilities Engineering, Workstation Engineering, INFOSYS Operations, Information Assurance, Telecommunication Operations, Network Engineering, Radio Systems and DMS (Defense Message System).

The Telecomm Operations Division has three Branches. This division manages the Coast Guard's voice, data and message telecommunication systems and services (FTS2000, Coast Guard Data Network, etc.) This Division also serves as the facility manager and maintains configuration control for Communication Stations, Communication Centers and coordination centers.

The Systems Support Branch maintains a Coast Guard wide HOTLINE desk for telecomm systems.

The Telecomm Systems Management Branch provides life cycle management and electronics equipment support for assigned telecommunication equipment. In addition, this Branch is responsible for telecommunication configuration management.

The Communications Services Branch supports the operation and management of voice and message telecommunication systems throughout the Coast Guard. It is the facility manager for fixed and mobile communications facilities. This Branch also serves as the account manager for all national level voice and data telecommunication services.

The Network Engineering Division is responsible for executing telecommunication engineering projects and related electronics and computer systems projects. Executing includes design, test/evaluations, procurement, delivery and installation.

The Radio Systems Division designs, develops, procures, tests, and installs all short and long range radio systems to meet established requirements

The DMS Division is responsible for overall development and implementation of a Multi-Year initiative to automate and streamline the Coast Guard Communication System. The Defense Message System is scheduled to replace the Automated Digital Network (AUTODIN) in December 1999. View the DMS Primer as a MS Word document -- download (228k), or view the document through your web browser as an HTML file.

The Information Systems Directorate (ISD) is responsible for handling contractual and technical issues associated with the Standard Workstation under the direction of the Information Systems Director.

This Directorate is organized into three areas: Workstation Engineering, INFOSYS Operations and Information Assurance.

The Workstation Engineering Division is responsible for Standard Workstation Three (SWIII) Configuration Management, Standard Workstation Image, SWIII server architecture/ implementation, SWIII architecture documentation, SWIII Contract hardware/software evaluation, New Technology, and SWIII Software Certification.

The INFOSYS Operations Division is responsible for the SWIII Help Desk, Exchange, and E-Mail help.

The Information Assurance Division provides secure telecommunication support for the Coast Guard coordinating cryptographic keying material and equipment needs for the Coast Guard. It also serves as the NATO sub-registry for the Coast Guard.

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 a $611 million program: 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. Please note that the Coast Guard will be DSC-enabled only where and when Rescue 21 is fully rolled-out.

Rescue 21 will provide the U.S. with a maritime distress and response communications system comparable to state-of-the-art systems in Great Britain and Norway, only on a much grander geographic scale. The Coast Guard’s new system will also rival the land-based systems that many state and local emergency services already have in place.

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.

Where and When Rescue 21 will be Implemented

Rescue 21 is operational in the following Regions:
Atlantic City, NJ and Eastern Shore, MD

Rescue 21 construction is complete and testing is in progress in the following regions: Mobile, AL and St. Petersburg, FL

Rescue 21 is under construction in the following regions:
Seattle, WA and Port Angeles, WA

Coast Guard Funding & Budgets
FY 08 Budget Request
USCG budget request for FY 08 is $7.2 billion ($8.7 billion when including retired pay). This includes $949 million for the Deepwater program modernization and $5.9 billion for operating expenses.

FY 08 Deepwater Spending Plan Breakdown

Funding for 4,000 HC-130J flight hours
$4.3 million to fund operations for National Capital Region air defense
$11.5 million to increase the HH-65 fleet by 7 helicopters for the National Capital Region air defense mission
$170 million for 3 more HC-144A maritime patrol aircraft
$21 million in operating expenses of the MH-68 fleet. The MH-68 lease expires on January 31,2008 and they will be replaced by armed MH-65Cs
$57.3 million for HH-60 conversion
$24.6 million for Airborne Use of Force equipment to outfit 42 MH-65Cs and 7 MH-60Js

$80.8 million for continued implementing of Rescue 21 communications modernization program
$2.5 million for 12 HF transmitters
$12 million for the AIS program

National Security Cutter (NSC) - $167 million - Funds the Full Operational Capability of NSC #1-4 and the construction and long lead items for NSC #5

$9.2 million for the Response Boat-Medium program of 12 hulls

$13.3 million for a rescue swimmer training facility
$5.2 million to rebuild Station Galveston
$6 million to rebuild Station Marquette

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FY 07 Deepwater Spending Plan Breakdown

$16.1 million for HC-130J missionization and funds 2,000 flight hours
$77.6 million for the HC-235 Maritime Patrol Aircraft program. This includes procurement and missionization of one CASA CN-235 300M Maritime Patrol Aircraft and funding for logistics to make two air stations operational using the new MPAs.
$4.9 million for the VTOL Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VUAV) program to buy one Ship Control Station (SCS) and one Ground Control Station (GCS)
$49.3 million for HH-60Js to upgrade their avionics, radar, FLIR, and extend their service life. It also funds the arming of two more HH-60s.
$32.4 million to complete replacement of HH-65 engines
$25.7 million for Airborne Use of Force equipment for 34 HH-65Cs at seven air stations
$30.5 million to fund operations for 29 helicopters outfitted for Airborne Use of Force, provide 600 flight hours for three covert surveillance aircraft, and 3,500 flight hours for three HC-235s
$60.5 million to fund operations of 5 HH-65 helicopters for National Capital Region air defense. The helicopters are to be forward deployed at CGAS Atlantic City.
$54 million for avionics modernization and surface-search radar replacement for 16 HC-130H long-range search aircraft

$60.8 million for C4ISR upgrades and maintenance support for SIPRNET (Secret Internet Protocol Router Network) capability on Deepwater cutters to allow for transmission and reception of classified intelligence and information
$17 million for domain awareness programs to include SIPRNET, Sector Command Centers and counter-intelligence
$11.2 million for nationwide Automatic Identification System (AIS) upgrades
$39.6 million for Rescue 21 communications modernization program

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

$41.6 million for the production of the first 140 foot Fast Response Cutter
$24.7 million for Medium Response Boat - will fund 180 small boats to replace 41 foot boats currently in service
$1.2 million for production of one Long Range Interceptor (LRI, 36-foot small boat) and one Short Range Prosecutor (SRP, 24-foot small boat)

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

$66.8 million for surface operations (fuel & maintenance)
$4.7 million for one prototype Maritime Security Mission Team (MSRT) with two Direct Action Sections (DAS) to provide 24/7 capability

$42.3 million for the Logistics Information Management System
$2.5 million for HF communications recapitalization to replace 88 HF transmitters
$50.2 million for a new Coast Guard headquarters building
$29.1 million for shore facilities

The FY 07 budget request also calls for:

• Phase 1 of termination of the LORAN ATN program
• Decom USCGC STORIS and replace it in Kodiak with USCGC MUNRO

FY 06 Budget Appropriation
The final FY06 Coast Guard budget appropriation is $6.8 billion. $933.1 million allocated for the Deepwater program.

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

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

$515 Million for SAR
$653 Million for drug interdiction
$966,000,000 shall be available until September 30, 2010, for the Integrated Deepwater Systems program.
$966M FY06 Deepwater Spending Plan Details

Deepwater aircraft funding request for FY06 is $259 million. Which breaks down as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Surface $522.4 million

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

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

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

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

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

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

USCG Sector/Station List


CAMSLANT Chesapeake
Maintenance and Logistics Command Atlantic (MLCLANT)
ISC Portsmouth
Training Center Cape May
Training Center Yorktown
Aviation Technical Training Center Elizabeth City
PSU 301, Cape Cod, MA
PSU 305, Fort Eustis, VA
PSU 309, Port Clinton, OH

District 1:

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

District 5:

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

District 7:

CGAS Miami
CGAS Savannah
AIRFAC Charleston
CGAS Clearwater
CGAS Key West
Sector Charleston
Station Charleston, SC
Station Georgetown, SC
Station Tybee Island, GA
Station Brunswick, GA
MSU Savannah, GA
Sector Miami
Station Miami Beach, FL
Station Fort Lauderdale, FL
Station Lake Worth Inlet, FL
Station Fort Pierce, FL
Sector St. Petersburg
Station Yankeetown, FL
Station Sand Key, FL
Station St. Petersburg, FL
Station Cortez, FL
Station Fort Myers Beach, FL
Sector Key West
Station Key West, FL
Station Marathon, FL
Station Islamadora, FL
Sector Jacksonville
Station Mayport, FL
Station New Smyrna Beach, FL
Station Port Canaveral, FL
Sector San Juan
CGAS Borinquen
Station San Juan, PR

District 8:

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

District 9:

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


CAMSPAC Point Reyes
Maintenance and Logistics Command Pacific (MLCP)
ISC Alameda
Training Center Petaluma, CA
Pacific Area Training Team
PSU 311

District 11:

CGAS San Francisco
CGAS Sacramento
CGAS Los Angeles
Station Lake Tahoe
LORAN Station Fallon, NV
LORAN Station Middletown
LORAN Station Searchlight
Sector Humboldt Bay
CGAS Humboldt Bay
Station Humboldt Bay, CA
Station Noyo River, CA
Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach
Station Los Angeles, CA
Station Morro Bay, CA
Station Channel Islands Harbor, CA
Sector San Diego
CGAS San Diego
Station San Diego, CA
Sector San Francisco
Station San Francisco, CA
Station Golden Gate, CA
Station Monterey, CA
Station Rio Vista, CA
Station Bodega Bay, CA
Station Vallejo, CA

District 13:

LORAN Station George
LORAN Station Havre
Sector Seattle
Station Seattle, WA
Sector Portland
Station Portland, OR
Group Port Angeles
CGAS Port Angeles
Station Port Angeles, WA
Station Neah Bay, WA
Station Quillayute River, WA
Station Bellingham, WA
Group North Bend
CGAS North Bend
Station Chetco River
Station Coos Bay
Station Umpqua River
Station Yaquina Bay
Station Depoe Bay
Station Coquille River
Station Siuslaw River
Group Astoria
CGAS Astoria
Station Tillamook Bay
Station Cape Disappointment
Station Grays Harbor

District 14:

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

District 17:

CGAS Kodiak
CGAS Sitka
AIRFAC Cordova
Communications Station Kodiak, AK
LORAN Station Attu, AK
LORAN Station Kodiak, AK
LORAN Station Port Clarence, AK
LORAN Station Shoal Cove, AK
LORAN Station St. Paul Island, AK - HH-60J forward deployment site
LORAN Station Tok, AK
Sector Juneau
Station Juneau, AK
Station Ketchikan, AK
Sector Anchorage
MSU Valdez, AK
Station Valdez, AK

Coast Guard Terminology

AIRSTA Coast Guard Air Station
AMVER Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System
BLACKJACK HH-65 on National Capital Region air defense mission
BENCHMARK Term for reference point (used to pass position)
CAMSLANT Communications Area Master Station Atlantic, Chesapeake, VA
CAMSPAC Communications Area Master Station Pacific, Point Reyes, CA
CASPER C-130 Airborne Sensory Palletized Electronic Reconnaissance equipment
CHARLIE Copy, Clear (as in affirmative)
COMMSTA Communications Station
DMB Data Marker Buoy
ELT Emergency Locator Transmitter
EPIRB Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon
ESD Electronics Support Detachment
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
LANDLINE Standard Telephone
LIMA CHARLIE Loud and Clear
LE PATROL Law Enforcement Patrol
MEDEVAC Medical Evacuation
MSD Marine Safery 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, Army, & CBP)
PANTHER Joint DEA/USCG counterdrug ops center, Nassau, Bahamas
PIW Person(s) In Water
POB People/Persons On Board
PPR Prior Permission Required
RESCUE USCG aircraft on actual SAR mission
RCC Rescue Coordination Center
RTB Return To Base
SABER USCG Auxiliary Aircraft
SAR CASE Search And Rescue Mission
SARSAT Search And Rescue Satellite
SCN Systems Coordination Net (HF Ship-Shore Radio)
SHARK ## USCG Cutter
SITREP Situation Report
SLDMB Self-Locating Datum Marker Buoy
SOB Souls On Board, older term for POB often used by USCG
SSD Shoreside Support Detachments
STINGRAY ## HU-25 now also being used by MH-68As
SWORDFISH ## HH-60J, also used by HU-25 Falcons on Cape Cod
TCC Transportable Communications Center
THUNDER ## Possible MSST Team callsign
UNIFORM HOTEL Ultra High Frequency Radio
VICTOR SIERRA Sector search by single asset

Links of Interest

Remote Pacific coast VHF radio:

Coast Guard news:

Track ship movements on your computer:

ShipCom LLC:


RESCUE 21 Program:

USCG Amateur Radio Net:


The Coast Guard Channel:

Coast Guard News:

Coast Guard

Sources: Various USCG fact sheets,, US Navy League Seapower 2007 Almanac, ACP-113(AF)