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               Worldwide UTE News Club (WUN) Info File
         Inventory of U.S. Coast Guard Aircraft & Homeplates
          (Last revised March 30, 2006, Copyright 2006 WUN)

    This list is constantly being updated; with new information being
added as it becomes available.  Check out the "Recent News" section each
month for details on the changes made or information added. If anyone has
any recent logs, including those from VHF/UHF intercept or spotters
information, feel free to send this information to the address given at the
bottom of the list.

NOTE: Aircraft prefixed with a < have recently had their homeplate updated.

                                        LAST LOG
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01   VC-37A  CGAS Washington, D.C.      01-28-06 Commandant's GS V
02   VC-43A  CGAS Washington, D.C.      02-01-06

1500 HC-130H CGAS Elizabeth City*       09-27-05
1501 HC-130H CGAS Elizabeth City*       03-28-06
1502 HC-130H CGAS Elizabeth City*       03-29-06
1503 HC-130H CGAS Elizabeth City*       01-12-06
1504 HC-130H CGAS Elizabeth City*       03-16-06
1700 HC-130H7 CGAS Sacramento           03-14-06
1701 HC-130H7 CGAS Barbers Point        10-26-05
1702 HC-130H7 CGAS Kodiak               09-22-05
1703 HC-130H7 CGAS Sacramento           03-23-06
<1704 HC-130H7 CGAS Clearwater          03-22-06
1705 HC-130H7 CGAS Elizabeth City       03-30-06
1706 HC-130H7 CGAS Clearwater           03-03-06
1707 HC-130H7 CGAS Kodiak               10-10-05
1708 HC-130H7 CGAS Kodiak               02-11-06
1709 HC-130H7 CGAS Sacramento           03-28-06
1710 HC-130H7 CGAS Kodiak               03-26-06
1711 HC-130H7 CGAS Kodiak               03-09-06
1712 HC-130H7 CGAS Clearwater           03-27-06
1713 HC-130H7 CGAS Barbers Point        02-20-06
1714 HC-130H7 CGAS Barbers Point        03-26-06
1715 HC-130H7 CGAS Sacramento           03-07-06
1716 HC-130H7 CGAS Sacramento           09-23-05
1717 HC-130H7 CGAS Clearwater           03-09-06
1718 HC-130H7 CGAS Clearwater           12-22-05
1719 HC-130H7 CGAS Barbers Point        02-13-05
1720 HC-130H7 CGAS Clearwater           03-28-06
1790 HC-130H7 CGAS Kodiak               12-02-05
2001 HC-130J C130J Aircraft Project Office, CGAS Elizabeth City  01-25-06 
2002 HC-130J C130J Aircraft Project Office, CGAS Elizabeth City  09-01-05   
2003 HC-130J C130J Aircraft Project Office, CGAS Elizabeth City  01-17-06 
2004 HC-130J C130J Aircraft Project Office, CGAS Elizabeth City  09-14-05
2005 HC-130J C130J Aircraft Project Office, CGAS Elizabeth City  03-07-06
2006 HC-130J C130J Aircraft Project Office, CGAS Elizabeth City  04-25-05
2101 HU-25B  ARSC CGAS Elizabeth City   11-01-04
2102 HU-25D  CGAS Miami                 09-26-05
2104 HU-25C+ CGAS Corpus Christi        03-21-06
2105 HU-25D  CGAS Miami                 03-20-06
2106 HU-25A  At AMARC                   12-15-05
2107 HU-25A  At AMARC                   12-15-05
2108 HU-25A  At AMARC                   12-15-05
2109 HU-25D  CGAS Cape Cod              06-04-05
2110 HU-25A  CGAS Elizabeth City        09-02-05
2111 HU-25B  ARSC CGAS Elizabeth City   12-18-03
2112 HU-25C+ CGAS Miami                 03-22-06
2113 HU-25D  CGAS Miami                 01-24-06
2114 HU-25D  CGAS Miami                 12-20-05 
2115 HU-25A  At AMARC                   12-15-05
2116 HU-25A  At AMARC                   12-15-05
2117 HU-25A  CGAS Miami                 03-30-06
2118 HU-25B  ATC Mobile                 03-07-06
2120 HU-25A  CGAS Cape Cod              03-23-06
2121 HU-25A  ATC Mobile                 03-21-06
2122 HU-25B  At AMARC                   12-15-05 
2124 HU-25A  At AMARC                   12-15-05
2125 HU-25B  CGAS Corpus Christi        09-25-05
2126 HU-25B  At AMARC                   12-15-05
2127 HU-25A  ATC Mobile                 03-16-06
2128 HU-25D  CGAS Miami                 02-15-06
2129 HU-25C+ CGAS Miami                 03-30-06 
2130 HU-25A  At AMARC                   02-15-06
2131 HU-25C+ CGAS Miami                 02-27-06
2132 HU-25B  At AMARC                   12-15-05
2133 HU-25C+ CGAS Cape Cod              10-29-05
2134 HU-25A  ATC Mobile                 03-30-06
2135 HU-25C+ CGAS Corpus Christi        03-12-06 
2136 HU-25A  ATC Mobile                 12-27-05 
2137 HU-25A  At AMARC                   12-15-05
2138 HU-25A  At AMARC                   12-15-05
2139 HU-25C+ CGAS Cape Cod              02-22-06
2140 HU-25C+ CGAS Cape Cod              03-23-06
2141 HU-25C+ CGAS Cape Cod              03-23-06
2301 HC-235A                                     Scheduled for delivery in 2007
6001 HH-60J  CGAS Cape Cod              03-09-06
6002 HH-60J  CGAS San Diego             11-29-05
6003 HH-60J  CGAS Clearwater            03-28-06 
6004 HH-60J  CGAS Elizabeth City        03-22-06
6005 HH-60J  CGAS Astoria               07-14-05
6006 HH-60J  CGAS Kodiak                10-19-05
6007 HH-60J  CGAS Sitka                 03-17-06
6008 HH-60J  CGAS Astoria               01-20-06
6009 MH-60J  CGAS Elizabeth City        03-29-06
6010 HH-60J  CGAS Clearwater            03-29-06
6011 HH-60J  ATC Mobile                 03-23-06
6012 HH-60J  CGAS Kodiak                03-26-06
6013 HH-60J  CGAS Clearwater            03-09-06
6014 MH-60J  CGAS Elizabeth City        01-13-06
6015 HH-60J  CGAS Clearwater            03-27-06
6016 HH-60J  CGAS Clearwater            03-26-06
6017 HH-60J  CGAS Clearwater            03-21-06 Deployed to OPBAT
6018 HH-60J  CGAS Clearwater            03-30-06
6019 HH-60J  CGAS Clearwater            03-27-06 Deployed to OPBAT
6021 HH-60J  CGAS Kodiak                10-05-05
6022 HH-60J  CGAS Astoria               03-13-06
6023 HH-60J  ATC Mobile                 03-07-06
6024 HH-60J  CGAS Kodiak                02-17-06
6025 HH-60J  West Coast                 11-08-05
6026 HH-60J  West Coast                 10-03-05
6027 HH-60J  ATC Mobile                 12-08-03
6028 HH-60J  CGAS Cape Cod              03-17-06
6029 HH-60J  CGAS Kodiak                02-15-06
6030 HH-60J  CGAS Astoria               11-23-05
6031 HH-60J  ATC Mobile                 03-22-06
6032 HH-60J  CGAS Cape Cod              03-27-06
6033 HH-60J  CGAS Clearwater            02-28-06
6034 HH-60J  CGAS Cape Cod              03-23-06
6035 HH-60J  CGAS San Diego             10-14-05
6036 MH-60J  CGAS Elizabeth City        03-28-06
6037 MH-60J  CGAS Elizabeth City        12-09-05
6038 HH-60J  CGAS Clearwater            03-28-06 Deployed to OPBAT
6039 HH-60J  ATC Mobile                 03-28-06
6040 HH-60J  CGAS Clearwater            01-02-06
6041 MH-60J  CGAS Elizabeth City        03-29-06
6042 MH-60J  CGAS Elizabeth City        03-30-06
6501 HH-65C  CGAS Miami                 01-23-06
6502 HH-65B  Unknown                    10-05-03
6503 HH-65B  CGAS Houston               08-30-05
6504 HH-65B  CGAS North Bend            05-12-04
6505 HH-65B  CGAS San Francisco         09-15-05
6506 HH-65B  ATC Mobile                 02-04-05
6507 HH-65B  CGAS New Orleans           01-04-05
6508 HH-65B  CGAS Detroit               01-06-06
6509 HH-65B  CGAS Port Angeles          03-24-06
6510 HH-65C  ATC Mobile                 06-21-05
6511 HH-65B  CGAS Los Angeles           06-26-05
6512 HH-65B  CGAS Kodiak                04-13-05
6513 HH-65B  CGAS Kodiak                12-27-04
6514 HH-65B  CGAS New Orleans           08-29-05
6515 HH-65B  CGAS North Bend            05-12-04 
6516 HH-65B  Unknown                    08-23-05
6517 HH-65B  CGAS San Francisco         09-15-05
6518 HH-65C  CGAS Miami                 03-21-06
6519 HH-65B  ATC Mobile                 09-17-04
6520 HH-65B  CGAS Miami                 12-23-05
6521 HH-65B  ATC Mobile                 05-17-05
6522 HH-65B  CGAS New Orleans           08-29-05
6523 HH-65B  CGAS Detroit               01-06-06
6524 HH-65B  Unknown                    09-29-05
6525 HH-65B  CGAS Kodiak                04-01-05
6526 HH-65B  CGAS Detroit               09-03-05
6527 HH-65B  CGAS Port Angeles          07-23-05
6528 HH-65B  ATC Mobile                 10-13-03
6529 HH-65B  ATC Mobile                 11-29-05
6530 HH-65B  CGAS Traverse City         01-31-06
6531 HH-65B  CGAS Traverse City         05-06-05 
6532 HH-65B  ATC Mobile                 04-29-04
6533 HH-65C  CGAS Savannah              03-28-06
<6534 HH-65B  CGAS San Francisco        03-11-06
6535 HH-65B  CGAS Houston               12-09-05
6536 HH-65C  CGAS Miami                 02-18-06
6537 HH-65B  CGAS Kodiak                12-27-04
6538 HH-65B  CGAS Miami                 11-22-05
6539 HH-65B  ATC Mobile                 04-29-04
6540 HH-65C  CGAS Miami                 01-16-06
6542 HH-65C  CGAS Savannah              03-28-06
6543 HH-65B  CGAS Miami                 12-05-05
6544 HH-65B  CGAS Corpus Christi        04-04-05
6545 HH-65B  Unknown                    01-29-04
6547 HH-65B  CGAS North Bend            05-12-04
6548 HH-65B  CGAS Corpus Christi        09-23-05
6550 HH-65B  CGAS Miami                 01-10-06
6551 HH-65B  CGAS Miami                 11-29-05
6552 HH-65B  CGAS Corpus Christi        11-29-05
6553 HH-65C  CGAS Savannah              03-28-06
6554 HH-65B  CGAS Port Angeles          03-14-06
6555 HH-65B  CGAS Miami                 11-29-05
6556 HH-65B  CGAS Los Angeles           06-15-05
6557 HH-65B  CGAS North Bend            08-31-05
6558 HH-65B  CGAS Los Angeles           06-25-05
6559 HH-65B  Unknown                    02-24-05
6560 HH-65C  CGAS Miami                 02-16-06
6561 HH-65C  CGAS Savannah              03-17-06
6562 HH-65C  CGAS Miami                 02-04-06
6563 HH-65C  CGAS Miami                 03-06-06
6564 HH-65B  CGAS Detroit               04-25-05
6565 HH-65C  CGAS New Orleans           02-23-06
6566 HH-65B  Unknown                    02-14-04 
6567 HH-65B  ATC Mobile                 11-29-05
6568 HH-65C  CGAS Atlantic City         01-20-06
6569 HH-65B  Port Angeles               03-21-06
6570 HH-65B  CGAS Borinquen             03-06-06
6571 HH-65B  CGAS Houston               02-06-04
6572 HH-65C  CGAS Atlantic City         08-05-05
6573 HH-65B  CGAS Borinquen             11-20-05
6574 HH-65B  CGAS Miami                 11-29-05
6575 HH-65C  CGAS Savannah              03-28-06
6576 HH-65B  CGAS Los Angeles           10-23-05
6577 HH-65C  CGAS Miami                 01-23-06
6578 HH-65B  West Coast                 03-27-06
6579 HH-65C  CGAS Miami                 02-16-06
6580 HH-65B  CGAS Port Angeles          03-13-06
6581 HH-65C  CGAS Atlantic City         08-26-05
6582 HH-65B  CGAS Houston               03-21-06
6583 HH-65B  CGAS Detroit               01-27-05 
6584 HH-65C  At ARSC                    06-15-05
6585 HH-65C  CGAS Atlantic City         01-20-06
6586 HH-65B  CGAS San Francisco         09-15-05
6587 HH-65B  CGAS Houston               10-18-05
6588 HH-65B  Unknown                    08-25-05
6589 HH-65B  CGAS Atlantic City         08-13-04
6590 HH-65B  CGAS Barbers Point         06-01-03
6591 HH-65B  CGAS San Francisco         09-15-05
6592 HH-65B  CGAS Humboldt Bay          05-30-05
6593 HH-65B  CGAS New Orleans           11-01-05
6595 HH-65B  Unknown                    08-18-05
6596 HH-65B  CGAS Traverse City         05-06-05
6597 HH-65B  ATC Mobile                 09-17-04
6598 HH-65B  CGAS New Orleans           09-14-05                 
1078 MH-68A  HITRON Jacksonville        11-11-05
1081 MH-68A  HITRON Jacksonville        03-21-06
1085 MH-68A  HITRON Jacksonville        04-24-03
1091 MH-68A  HITRON Jacksonville        12-08-05
1095 MH-68A  HITRON Jacksonville        02-27-06
1098 MH-68A  HITRON Jacksonville        03-30-06
1099 MH-68A  HITRON Jacksonville        03-01-06
1109 MH-68A  HITRON Jacksonville        02-22-06
1113 MH-68A  HITRON Jacksonville        07-07-05

* 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%.

----------------------------RECENT NEWS----------------------------


Twenty seven Seaspray 7500E radar sets have been purchased
from Edinburgh-based Selex Sensors & Airborne Systems at
a cost of $120 million. Selex is 75% owned by Finmeccanica 
and 25% owned by BAE Systems. The radar sets are for
installation in HC-130 aircraft. The new electronically-scanned
radars are capable of detecting things such as icebergs and oil
slicks which do not show up on conventional, mechanically-
scanned, radar. 
The first HC-235A maritime patrol aircraft rolled of the production line
in Spain. It is scheduled for delivery in 2007. Current plans call
for 36 of the aircraft.
The Coast Guard has taken delivery a Canadair CL-604 Challenger
under a five year lease agreement. Designated the VC-43A Medium 
Range Command and Control Aircraft, it's onboard secure 
communications suite provides operational support for high-level 
Coast Guard and Homeland Security officials.


An HH-65B from CGAS Humboldt Bay crashed into the surf off
Eureak, CA on February 11th while rescuing several persons in 
the water. The crew survived without injury. The helo washed ashore.
CGAS New Orleans has upgraded their HH-65B models to HH-65Cs.
The USCG budget request for FY07 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.

Aviation Budget Highlights:

$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  
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 

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


HU-25 # 2128 from CGAS Miami was logged on January 24th landing at
Fort Myers following the loss of # 2 engine.
CGAS Kodiak forward deployed a HH-60J to Saint Paul Island on
January 9th to provide increased coverage during the 2005/2006
king crab season.
During January, USCG HH-65s from CGAS Detroit were monitored
practicing aircraft intercepts with NORAD controllers.


On December 5th, CGAS Borinquen aircraft assisted a Moroccan warship
that was sinking. The Sidi Mohammed ben Abdallah was taking on water
in the engine room while underway 60 miles north of Puerto Rico.
An HH-65 and an HU-25 dropped three pumps to the ship and orbited
overhead while several cutters responded to assist.
CG 1708 returned at the end of November from a counterdrug 
deployment to El Salvador.
AP Enterprise: Slow sinking response prompts Coast Guard changes
By Glen Johnson, AP Writer  December 19, 2005

BOURNE, Mass. --Jayhawk 6032, the first Coast Guard helicopter to 
reach the scene after the Northern Edge sank off Nantucket last year, 
is holding on the taxiway while its pilots perform a final pre-takeoff 
"beauty" check.

"We wouldn't do this if this was a SAR case," the commander, 
Lt. Sean Krueger, says over the beating rotor blades while he and 
his co-pilot, Lt.j.g. David Aldous, scan the gauges one more time.

If it were a real search-and-rescue, Krueger explains, "We'd already 
be on the way."

Giving the instruments an extra look was hardly the kind of luxury 
that pilots at Air Station Cape Cod had a year ago Tuesday, 
Dec. 20, 2004, when the Northern Edge sank during a bitter squall.

One-by-one, the unit's jets and helicopters suffered mechanical and 
weather-related problems that kept them from reaching the scene for 
two hours after the first distress call was received. The problems also 
created a six-hour gap in the aerial search the night the vessel was lost.

Five of the six crew members aboard the New Bedford-based scallop 
boat died in the sinking, the worst fishing accident off New England 
since the Andrea Gail sank in 1991. That incident became known 
through the book and movie "The Perfect Storm."

The incident raised questions about the Coast Guard's readiness 
to perform one of its core missions: responding to a maritime 
disaster. They also highlighted the service's aging infrastructure 
at a time when it is not only expected to protect mariners and 
interdict drugs, but also provide homeland security.

"It is clear that since the Sept. 11th attacks, the Coast Guard's
responsibilities have increased far faster than its funding," three
Massachusetts Democrats -- Sens. John Kerry and Edward 
Kennedy, and Rep. Barney Frank -- wrote last January in a joint
letter to President Bush.

A Coast Guard investigation concluded the Northern Edge sank
because it turned sideways into 8-to-10-foot seas after snagging
a dredging line on the ocean floor. Waves crashed over the deck
as the vessel listed, flooding the engine room through an open 
watertight door. Water did not clear the deck because the crew
could not open drainage ports fast enough.

At the time, the temperature was in the single digits, with wind
chill well below zero and winds in the area topping 30 mph.

Investigators also determined survival suits were stored below 
deck and not immediately accessible. The lone survivor, Pedro 
Furtado, was the only one to reach a life raft. Those killed were 
the captain, Carlos Lopes, and crew members Glen Crowley, 
Ray Richards, Juan Flores and Eric Guillen.

Both Furtado and the families of the lost crew members disagreed
with the Coast Guard's findings and filed a negligence lawsuit 
against the owner of the Northern Edge, K&R Fishing Enterprises
of New Bedford, questioning the vessel's seaworthiness.

A separate Coast Guard investigation of the air station's performance,
released to The Associated Press, concluded the delays did not 
increase the casualty count because no one would have survived 
in the ocean more than a few minutes after the sinking. That 
conclusion was based on the testimony of Furtado and the 
subfreezing weather at the time.

The air station review also found, "There is no evidence that 
negligent acts or prior maintenance error were causative factors 
that contributed to the maintenance issues on the evening of 
Dec. 20, 2004."

That night, all four of the unit's HH-60 Jayhawk helicopters, 
as well as one of its four HU-25 Falcon jets, had to abort their 
mission because of frozen or problematic components.

The investigating officer determined that historic readiness 
and dispatch rates "suggest that Dec. 20 is an anomaly in 
the performance of their aircraft; the extreme weather conditions 
contributed to the maintenance casualties and had great 
influence over the decisions made throughout that evening."

Air Station Cape Cod had eight aborted search-and-rescue 
dispatches during 2004, the report said. Half of them occurred 
on the night of the Northern Edge sinking. There were no 
similar events in the 309 cases from then until last Friday.

In fact, less than a week after the Northern Edge sank, crews 
from Air Station Cape Cod mounted an award-winning rescue 
that saved the life of a newborn.

On Dec. 26, 2004, during a blinding snowstorm, a Falcon jet 
crew picked up a neonatal team at Logan International Airport, 
which was down to one runway because of the storm, and flew 
to Albany, N.Y., to pick up the 2-hour-old girl, who was suffering 
respiratory distress.

The jet brought the baby back to Boston, where she was taken 
to world-renowned Children's Hospital for treatment. A doctor 
later declared the baby would have died without the transfer, 
according to Cmdr. Tom Maine, the air station's operations chief.

The jet crew members were given medals for their performance 
under adverse conditions, but that comes as little solace either to 
the personnel at the air station or the First District headquarters in 
Boston, which oversees Coast Guard operations from the Canadian 
border to New Jersey.

Since the Northern Edge sank, the First District redoubled its 
efforts to improve safety aboard fishing vessels.

During the past year, it helped more than 700 fishermen complete 
a course in the use of flares, survival suits and life rafts. The 
district also increased the number of "voyage terminations" for 
having improper survival equipment from 37 in 2004 to 52 in 2005.

"All this was available before, but we've worked hard with our 
partners to increase the number of fishermen taking advantage of it," 
said Chief Petty Officer Scott Carr, a district spokesman.

The air station, meanwhile, has changed its aircraft-washing 
procedures, so that one of its "ready" aircraft is always bone dry. 
Investigators believe the first helicopter to fail, Jayhawk 6001, 
received a faulty warning for its tail-rotor anti-icing system 
because the aircraft was still drying after a recent washdown. 
When it returned to base, they could not find the problem.

That faulty indicator also prompted the Coast Guard to order a 
national, fleetwide replacement of a wiring harness in the 
HH-60's anti-icing electrical system.

"Nobody beats ourselves up harder than we do," said Capt. 
Tom Ostebo, a 23-year pilot who took over command of the 
air station in August following a routine leadership rotation. 
"Everyone is here to get these aircraft into the air when we 
need to. And when you can't get off the ground, and you 
know somebody's waiting for you, it's extremely frustrating."


EADS North America has received a contract to re-engine
11 HH-65s at their Mississippi plant. The contract contains an
option to re-engine an additional 6 helicopters.
With the BRAC decision to relocate the 102 FW from Otis ANGB,
the CG will bear the $17-$20 million cost of maintaining the
airport infrastructure. Options being studied include moving CG 
functons from Woods Hole and Providence, R.I. to Otis.
According to several news outlets it became official on November 3rd
that the USCG would be taking over air space protection operations
over the national capital from Customs. Reportedly the USCG has
thirty days to come up with a plan for implementing this change.
According to press statements the CG will have 9 armed MH-60s
in service by the end of the year. Five of them are based at
Elizabeth City.


Integrated Coast Guard Systems was awarded a $117.5 million
dollar contract on September 22 for the missionization of the HC-130J.
Plans call for the modifications to begin in January 2007 and be
complete by July 2008. The modifications will result in 90% 
commonality with systems planned for the CN-235 aircraft. 
Sensors will include:
- Star Safire III EO/IR FLIR system
- DF-430 UHF/VHF Direction Finder System
- SAAB Transponder Tech AB R4A Airborne Automatic Identification 
System (AIS)
- Fuslage-mounted EDO EL/M 2022A(V)3 maritime surface search radar
- A nose-mounted APN-241 weather radar
The final FY2006 Coast Guard budget appropriation funds the Coast Guard
at $6.8 billion with the Deepwater program funded at $933.1 million. This
is below the $966 million requested, but is $200 million more than was
funded last year.
CGAS Traverse City provided helicopter support for security operations
during the World Series in Chicago.
It has been reported elsewhere that the VC-4A, CG 02, has been retired.
The last mention of it I had heard anywhere was in October 2004 when
it was tranferred to CGAS Washington.


Coast Guard aircraft and crews from nearly every air station were
dispatched to the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina.
Over 4,000 personnel, 43 helicopters, 8 fixed-wing aircraft, and
14 Auxiliary aircraft took part in Katrina operations. In addition,
more than 25 cutters and boats were operating in Louisiana and
36 were at work between Florida and Mississippi.
Incident command centers were set up in Alexandria, LA and 
Mobile, AL.
The Coast Guard rescued more than 22,000 people, 11,000 by air,
and evacuated another 9,400 patients from hospitals in the region.

Following the dispatch of aircraft and personnel from District 1 to
rescue efforts in New Orleans, an HH-65 from CGAS Detroit was
shifted to Cape Cod to cover the region. Canada sent one CH-146
Griffon from 444 Squadron, Goose Bay and another CH-146 from
439 Squadron, Bagotville to assist at Cape Cod as well.

ShipCom Assists Coast Guard in Emergency Communications, 
Rescue Operations - Sept. 8 PRNewswire

ShipCom LLC, which operates radio station WLO for ship-to-shore
communications, made its facilities available during Hurricane 
Katrina and its aftermath to the Coast Guard and other emergency
"Shortly after the worst of the storm passed us on Monday afternoon,
we received a telephone call from the Coast Guard's ATC Mobile, 
informing us that the roof was damaged over their operations center
and they had lost all communication capability with their assets," 
reported ShipCom president Rene Stiegler. "In response, ShipCom
prepared a VHF radio, power supply, and emergency antenna,
transporting it to ATC Mobile. With this radio, ATC could 
communicate with ShipCom."
Using ShipCom's advanced interoperability systems, Stiegler said
"we took over all communications for over 24 hours, relaying hundreds
if not thousands of messages from aircraft back to ATC Mobile,"
which had been chosen as the main staging site largely because it
was the closest suitable facility to the worst of the storm-stricken area.
ShipCom was able to provide these services to the Coast Guard and
other agencies despite sustaining substantial damage to its own facilities.
"We lost 50 percent of our antenna field," said Stiegler, "and part of our
roof is damaged. We lost 70 to 80 percent of our capacity but we 
repaired it sufficiently within 24 hours to be able to stay on the air 
throughout the crisis."
Stiegler noted that ShipCom "devoted most of our normal capacity --
the channels usually reserved for our ship-to-shore clients -- to the 
Coast Guard's emergency communications."
"Some of the messages we received were chilling," said Stiegler. 
"Reports of bodies floating near the Superdome, and of rescue aircraft 
being fired at, raised the hairs on the back of our radio 
operators' necks."
As search-and-rescue operations grew, Stiegler said, "ShipCom 
relayed coordinates of victims stranded on rooftops to the rescue 
aircraft and relayed reports of their rescue back to the ATC 
command center. The vastness of message traffic that passed 
through our radios is too large to describe in detail."
In addition to ATC Mobile, ShipCom also established com-
munications links for the command center in Alexandria, Louisiana, 
and with the NCS (National Communications System) SHAred 
RESources (SHARES) High Frequency (HF) Radio Program.
One for you sports fans:

An HH-60 Jayhawk crew from CGAS Kodiak here, rescued NFL Hall
of Fame star Larry Csonka and five others from a 28-foot charter 
vessel near Nikolski on Umnak Island in the Aleutian Islands 
on September 9th. 
The 28-foot charter vessel Augusta D with six people on board
was returning to Nikolski when his vessel encountered 25-30 knot
winds and 8 foot seas. Scott Kerr, a Good Samaritan, reported
the situation. Kerr continued to relay important information for 
the captain of the stricken vessel, able to monitor but not 
respond to VHF communications. The passengers donned 
survival suits.
Csonka, a former member of the Miami Dolphins and host of 
the television show "North to Alaska", has a son who is a 
Chief Warrant Officer serving in the Coast Guard.  


Integrated Coast Guard Systems has released an HH-65C delivery schedule:

CGAS Atlantic City - delivery complete
CGAS Savannah - 5 helos July - August 
CGAS Miami - 2 in August, 4 in September, 2 in October
CGAS New Orleans - 2 in October
ATC Mobile - delivery complete
CGAS Los Angeles - HH-65Cs to arrive in December
Nothing is mentioned about the 13th, 14th, 17th or 9th Districts.

CG 2125 was reportedly transferred in June to the USAF and was headed to
MIT/Lincoln Labs at Hanscom AFB.
The following information is from a July 2005 GAO report on the Deepwater

According to the report the cost to re-engine 84 HH-65s will be $349 million.
$160.7 million has been allocated so far. The HC-130 radar replacement
upgrade is expected to cost $78 million. The HH-60J avionics upgrade
is projected to cost $121 million. 

The sensors on the six HU-25D models which were recently upgraded at
a cost of $43 million have a relatively high rate of inoperability due to
the aircrafts poor air conditioning system. When the cabin becomes too
warm, the sensors fail. According to Coast Guard officials this problem 
is limited to the HU-25D models.

HC-130 stats for 2004
68.6% availability rate
18,800 programmed flight hours
20 hours maintenance labor per flight hour
Cost per flight hour $2357

HU-25 stats for 2004
65.8% availability rate
13,500 programmed flight hours
13.5 hours maintenance labor per flight hour
Cost per flight hour $1897

HH-60 stats for 2004
69.8% availability rate
24,832 programmed flight hours
21.5 hours maintenance labor per flight hour
Cost per flight hour $1387

HH-65 stats for 2004
80.9% availability rate
51,745 programmed flight hours
13.3 hours maintenance labor per flight hour
Cost per flight hour $1312

The August issue of Seapower magazine had a special report on
the revised Coast Guard aviation plan. The following are some
highlights from that article:

- At any time, seven [soon to increase to nine] of the 41 HH-60Js 
are in depot maintenance at ARSC.
- The Coast Guard's approach to depot maintenance allows them to "zero-
time" there helicopters for another service life of flying by taking apart,
rebuilding, and refurbishing airframes.
- 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.
- HH-65s will be armed with a .50 cal rifle. 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.
- The Coast Guard MH-68A fleet will be replaced with MH-65Cs by 2007.
- Currently there are 28 HH-65s out of service: 17 for re-engining and 11
for regular depot maintenance. Plans call for 11 helicopters to be re-
engined at the Eurocopter plant in Mississippi.
- The Coast Guard plans to operate the HU-25 until 2014, but will begin
phasing them out in 2009.
-The number of CN-235s to be acquired is still undecided, but plans
call for 20-36 of the aircraft.
The following appeared on on 16 July:

Coast Guard tapped for Capitol air security role
No final decision yet, but Coast Guard could assume job by October
WASHINGTON - The Coast Guard is close to becoming the chief protector
of the airspace over the nation's capital has learned.
The Coast Guard would take over from the civilian Customs and Border 
Protection, or CBP, which currently has primary responsibility for the 
nation's airspace.
"Our understanding is that discussions are still continuing between Department
of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security," Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Carter, 
a Coast Guard spokesman, said on Friday. "No decisions have been made yet.
There are proposals but those are at the departmental level."
However, three Department of Homeland Security sources told 
that the Coast Guard would assume responsibility for protecting the capital's
airspace on Oct. 1.  Pilots, aircrews and other workers under Customs and 
Border Protection "have been told to plan on transitioning out effective 
Sept. 30," one DHS source told 
All three of the sources spoke on condition of anonymity because the change
hasn't been officially announced.
Coast Guard 'jumped at' offer
The DHS sources told that a week and a half ago department 
Secretary Michael Chertoff met with CBP Commissioner Robert Bonner and
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thomas Collins to discuss the overall airspace
security situation. At that meeting, Chertoff "offered the [national capital region]
airspace security mission to the Coast Guard," said one DHS source.  
"Collins jumped at it."
The DHS sources said the Coast Guard would begin moving helicopters out of 
the Bahamas, where they currently fly drug interdiction missions with the federal
Drug Enforcement Agency and their Bahamian government counterparts, as early
as Monday to begin taking over the air security role from Customs' Black Hawk 
helicopters and Citation jets currently assigned to the Washington area.
A Coast Guard official in the Bahamas contacted by on Friday 
declined to comment on any specific plans.
Too close for comfort
Airspace security around Washington came under intense scrutiny on May 11
when a private Cessna violated the 23-mile ring that makes up the restricted
airspace encompassing Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. The single-engine 
plane, unable to communicate with any federal aviation sources, flew to within
three miles of the White House and was in the cross-hairs of an Air Force 
fighter before turning away at literally the last second.
A month later a private prop plane came near enough to the White House 
and Capitol buildings to trigger the evacuation of President Bush and lawmakers.
An Air Force fighter jet intercepted the plane and turned it back about eight 
miles from the Capitol.
"After the airspace incursion of May 11, we have been looking all up on how 
we manage the airspace security mission here in Washington, D.C., and we
may have something here for you down the road," DHS Deputy Secretary 
Michael Jackson told Wednesday when asked about the 
possibility that the Coast Guard might take over the security role. 
Coast Guard's dual role cited
One reason for offering the job to the Coast Guard is its dual role as a law
enforcement and  military organization.  For example, the Coast Guard's 
responsibilities include U.S. port secuity and drug interdiction missions as 
well as supporting military operations; some of its assets were pressed into 
duty during the last Gulf War.  
Currently, the Customs aircraft operate only in a law enforcement mode and
are responsible for intercepting and trying to warn off errant civilian aircraft 
before they stray too close to White House airspace. 
In a crisis situation, as on May 11, the military ultimately takes over air 
security and would be responsible for shooting down any aircraft.  
The Coast Guard's dual role would theoretically make it easier to take hostile 
action against an intruder. However, one DHS source questioned that notion, 
saying that the Customs Black Hawks could, if ordered, also fire on an 
errant plane. 


 A Coast Guard HH-60 on a routine training mission on July 13th
experienced an engine failure requiring the pilots to execute an
emergency landing at Felker Army Airfield. The cause of the engine 
failure is under investigation by Coast Guard officials.
CGAS Savannah received it's first HH-65C, CG 6542, on June 27th.
According to a July release there are currently 15 HH-65s under 
conversion at Elizabeth City.
According to a USCG press release, ARSC conducts depot level maintenance
on 23 HH-65s annually.
Lieutenant jg Jeanine McIntosh made history as the first black female USCG
aviator. The 26-year-old from Miami received her wings in a ceremony at Naval
Air Station Corpus Christi. 


A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at CGAS Atlantic City on 
June 2nd to mark the operational debut of the HH-65C.
The Polar Operations Division Aviation Detachment 162 from
ATC Mobile departed in May for a three month deployment
on board the USCGC Healy. The deployment will be to the 
Arctic in support of National Science Foundation research efforts.
CG 1705 forward deployed to Manta, Ecuador on May 26th.
An HC-130 from CGAS Sacramento delivered emergency supplies to
El Salvador following hurricane Adrian on May 20th.
A May USNI Proceedings article states a recent finding from an 
investigation into the in-flight wing failure of a civilian C-130 has
led to restrictions on the maximun amount of fuel carried on 5
of the USCG's HC-130H aircraft, reducing their mission time by 30%.
The House Appropriations Committee moved to halve the Coast Guard's
fiscal 2006 budget request for its Deepwater program. The administration
requested $966 million for Deepwater in 2006. During a recent budget 
markup session, House members, led by Rep. Harold Rogers (R-Ky.), 
chairman of the Appropriations Committee's Homeland Security
Subcommittee, cut $466 million from the program and pledged to withhold
$50 million until the Coast Guard provides the panel with a detailed account
of how the plan would be funded over the next 20 years. 
Committee members claim the Coast Guard has not provided a detailed plan
that projects costs over the entire life of the program.
Monitors in Washington DC reported monitoring CG 6041 in comms 
with a ground party conducting tests of the new aircraft laser
warning system in the DC area. There have been recent media reports
reporting discussions within the government about having the USCG
take over the National Capital Region air intercept duties from Customs.

-------------------USCG Aviation Communications----------------------

    Following is a short list of the most active USCG Aviation
frequencies. Communications on the Safety of Flight channels usually occur
at H+00, H+15, H+30 and H+45 with routine reports of flight operations and
position. COTHEN scan freqs have been added to reflect their usage by
USCG assets. COTHEN ALE is now primary for guard for USCG helos
when they are able.

Frequency   Usage
---------   -----
 3053.0kHz  USCG TISCOM ALE Net freq
 4125.0kHz  Calling & Distress
 4716.6kHz  USCG Sector Key West Tactical 
 4730.0kHz  USCG TISCOM ALE Net freq
 4990.0kHz  CGAS Clearwater 
 5142.6kHz  USCG Group St. Petersburg, FL 
 5320.0kHz  USCG Tactical
 5399.6kHz  USCG Tactical
 5696.0kHz  USCG Safety of Flight, Night Primary, Day Secondary
 5732.0kHz  COTHEN Scan 1 
 6215.0kHz  Calling & Distress
 6234.5kHz  USCG Secure channel
 6709.0kHz  USCG TISCOM ALE Net freq
 7527.0kHz  COTHEN Scan 2
 8291.0kHz  Calling & Distress
 8301.6kHz  USCG Sector San Juan 
 8337.6kHz  Secure channel/Caribbean area tactical
 8859.0kHz  USCG TISCOM ALE Net freq
 8912.0kHz  COTHEN Scan 3
 8980.0kHz  USCG TISCOM ALE Net freq
 8983.0kHz  USCG Safety of Flight, Day Primary, Night Secondary
10242.0kHz  COTHEN Scan 4 
10608.1kHz  USCG Sector Miami
10993.6kHz  USCG Sector Key West
11196.0kHz  USCG TISCOM ALE Net freq
11202.0kHz  USCG Safety of Flight, Day Tertiary
12290.0kHz  Callign & Distress
13221.0kHz  USCG TISCOM ALE Net freq
13907.0kHz  COTHEN Scan 5
15082.0kHz  USCG TISCOM ALE Net freq
15088.0kHz  USCG Safety of Flight
15687.0kHz  COTHEN Scan 6
17988.0kHz  USCG TISCOM ALE Net freq
18594.0kHz  COTHEN Scan 7
20983.6kHz  CAMSPAC Air-Ground
20890.0kHz  COTHEN Scan 8
23124.0kHz  COTHEN Scan 9
24277.1kHz  CAMSPAC Air-Ground
25350.0kHz  COTHEN Scan 10

123.100 - USCG Air-Air/CGAS Miami Air Ops
157.050 - VHF Marine 21A USCG Groups or Small Boat Stations
157.100 - VHF Marine 22A USCG Liaison (communications with distressed vessel)
157.150 - VHF Marine 23A USCG Groups or Small Boat Stations
157.075 - VHF Marine 81A U.S. Gov't Environmental - USCG Marine Safety Office
157.125 - VHF Marine 82A
157.175 - VHF Marine 83A USCG Groups or Small Boat Stations
163.175 - USCG NYC
164.300 - CGAS Atlantic City Helo Maintenance
164.300 - CGAS Elizabeth City Maintenance
164.300 - CGAS Kodiak/CGAS Sitka
164.300 - CGAS Cape Cod
164.9125 - USCG NYC
167.900 - CGAS Sacramento Maintenance Control
168.350 - CGAS San Diego Maintenance Control
237.900 - Air Ops Secondary
240.600 - Datum Marker Buoy transmit freq
242.600 - Datum Marker Buoy transmit freq
242.650 - Datum Marker Buoy transmit freq
282.800 - SAR
326.150 - Air-Ground Primary
345.000 - Air Ops Primary
379.050 - Air-Ground Secondary
381.800 - Aircraft with CG Air Stations (Old)

Chls 21A,23A,83A are the primary VHF working freqs for all assets
in SAR cases.

Franz Loew passed along a comm card photo from Astoria based
CG 6022 seen at the 2005 Seattle airshow.:

Comms Presets                                     
1. Astoria Maint. Control         171.350
2. Astoria Air Sta Ops            138.8
3. Astoria/Tillamook Unicom       122.8
4. Astoria ASOS                   135.375
5. McMinnville FSS                122.3
6. Seattle Ctr                    124.2
7. PDX Approach (North)           133.0
8. PDX Approach (South)           118.1
9. Seaside/Ilwaco Unicom          122.9
10. Bigfoot                       364.2
11. Astoria Port Security         155.925
12. CH 12 USCG Port Security      156.6
13. CH 13 Maritime Traffic        156.65
14. Astoria Police Dept.          155.25
15. Astoria Fire Dept.            154.325
16. CH 16 Distress/Hailing        156.8
17. Oregon State Police           154.15
18. Nationwide LE                 155.475
19. Clatsop County Sheriff        155.55
20. CH 81 CG Group PA             157.075
21. CH 21 CG Group North Bend     157.05
22. CH 22 CG Working Freq         157.1
23. CH 23 CG Group Astoria        157.15
24. CH 83 CG Group Portland       157.175

Franz Loew has contributed a photo of a frequency card from 
CG 6502 based at CGAS San Francisco:

Comms Presets                                     
1. SF Air                  381.8      
2. SFO Atis                135.45  
3. SFO Tower               120.5   
4. SQL Tower               119.0     
5. PAO Tower               118.6      
6. NUQ Tower               119.55  
7. Bay Approach            135.65                 
8. Golden Gate Traffic     124.3   

HF Presets
1.                  3122.0
2. CAMSPAC          5696.0
3. CAMSPAC          8983.0
4.                  11202.0
5.                  15088.0
6.                  22311.0
7. Atomic Clock     5000.0
8. Atomic Clock     10000.0       

Common Frequencies
129th Air Rescue           390.0
Bigfoot                    364.2
CALCORD                    156.075
CG Island Security         171.3375
CHP                        122.875
Fish & Wildlife Service    164.625
GG National Rec Area       163.15
Golden Gate Traffic        124.3
Hamilton Advisories        124.95
National Park              164.8
Stanford Helo              130.05
TRACEN Petaluma            163.5
US Park Police             162.6125
White Fire 1               154.280
White Fire 2               154.265
White Fire 3               154.295  

APC 118.7, CCR 119.7, DVO 123.075, HAF 122.8, HWD 120.2, MCC 122.85,
MHR 120.65, MRY, 118.4, NUQ 119.55, O69 122.7, O88 122.8, OAK N 118.3, 
OAK S 127.2, PAO 118.6, RHV 119.8, SAC 119.5, SCK 120.3, SFO 120.5, 
SJC 120.7, SMF 125.7, SNS 119.4, SQL 119.0, SUU 120.75, WVI 132.175

OAK NE 127.0/298.95, OAK E 135.4/354.1, SFO S 135.65/310.8, 
SFO W 133.1/307.2, SFO NW 120.9, SJC E 121.3/270.35, 
SJC SE 120.1/290.25, SJC SW 135.2/379.1, Monterey E 133.0/251.15, 
Monterey W 127.15/387.0, Sacramento S 125.25/257.9,
Sacramento E 127.4/317.5, Sacramento W 134.8/271.3

---------------------------Callsigns and Terminology---------------------------

Callsign      Unit type
--------      ---------
CAMSLANT      Communications Area Master Station Atlantic, Chesapeake, VA
CAMSPAC       Communications Area Master Station Pacific, Point Reyes, CA
COMMSTA       Communication Station (most often COMMSTA Kodiak, AK)
DOLPHIN       HH-65
FALCON ##     HU-25
FOXTROT ##    HU-25
HERK ##       HC-130H
JAYHAWK ##    HH-60J
JULIET ##     HH-60J
OMNI ##       HC-130 on a law enforcement mission
PANTHER       Joint DEA/USCG Counter-drug ops center, Nassau, Bahamas
RESCUE        USCG Aircraft on actual SAR mission
SABER         USCG Auxiliary Aircraft
SHARK ##      USCG Cutter
STINGRAY ##   HU-25 now also being used by MH-68As
SWORDFISH ##  HH-60J, also used by HU-25 Falcons on Cape Cod
THUNDER ##    Possible MSST Team callsign
TOMCAT ##     Possible HC-130H
##A           US Army UH-60 assigned to OPBAT
##B           HU-25 assigned to OPBAT
##C           HH-60J assigned to OPBAT

    ## equates to last two digits of aircraft service number


The USCG uses some unique terminology during communications. While
not all-inclusive, this list provides a pretty solid background "of" tppabs=""
most common USCG-unique terminology.

Term                Definition
----                ----------
AIRSTA              Coast Guard Air Station
AMVER               Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System
BENCHMARK           Coverterm for reference point (used to pass position)
BRAVO MIKE          equates to barrier search by multiple assets
BRAVO SIERRA        equates to barrier search by single asset
CASPER              C-130 Airborne Sensory Palletized Electronic Reconnaissance
CASREP              Casualty Report
CHARLIE             Copy, Clear (as in affirmative)
CHARLIE MIKE        equates to creeping line search by multiple assets
CHARLIE SIERRA      equates to creeping line search by single asset
COMMSTA             Communications Station
DMB                 Data Marker Buoy
EAR                 Emergency Action Report
ELT                 Emergency Locator Transmitter
ELT PATROL          Enforcement of Laws and Treaties Patrol
EPIRB               Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon
FLIR                Forward-Looking Infra-red
ESD                 Electronics Support Detachment
FOXTROT MIKE        "FM" Frequency, most often VHF Marine Band
HFDL                High Frequency Data Link
HOMEPLATE           Aircraft's home airfield (not necessarily the
                    airfield from which he is operating)
HOTEL/HIGH FOX      High Frequency Radio
IMT                 Incident Management Team
IN THE BLIND        Sending message without hearing response
LANDLINE            Standard Telephone
LIMA CHARLIE        Loud and Clear
LE PATROL           Law Enforcement Patrol
MARB                Marine Assistance Request Broadcast
MEDEVAC             Medical Evacuation
MIB		    Marine Information Broadcast 	
MSO                 Marine Safety Officer
NAS                 Naval Air Station
NVG                 Night Vision Goggles
OPBAT               Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos joint
                    counter-narcotic operation involving USCG, DEA, USCS,
                    and other military units.
PAPA MIKE           equates to parallel search by multiple assets
PAPA SIERRA         equates to parallel search by single asset
PFD                 Personal Floatation Device
PIW                 Person(s) In Water
POB                 People/Persons On Board
PPR                 Prior Permission Required
RADIO GUARD         To maintain a listening watch for safety reasons
RCC                 Rescue Coordination Center
RDF                 Radio Direction Finding
R/S                 Reporting Source
RTB                 Return To Base
SAR CASE            Search And Rescue Mission
SARSAT              Search And Rescue Satellite
SCN                 Systems Coordination Net (HF Ship-Shore Radio)
SIERRA MIKE         equates to expanding square search by multiple assets
SIERRA SIERRA       equates to expanding square search by single asset
SITREP              Situation Report
SLDMB               Self-Locating Datum Marker Buoy
SOB                 Souls On Board, older term for POB often used by USCG
SOS                 Save Our Ship, Mayday
TANGO MIKE          equates to trackline search by multiple assets
TANGO SIERRA        equates to trackline search by single asset
TCC                 Transportable Communications Center 	
UMIB                Urgent Marine Information Broadcast
UNIFORM HOTEL       Ultra High Frequency Radio, AM Military Aero Band
VICTOR MIKE         "VM" equates to sector search by multiple assets
VICTOR SIERRA	    "VS" equates to sector search by single asset
WILCO               Military term for "Will Comply"

-------------------------USCG Air Stations--------------------------------------

Some background "info" tppabs="" on USCG air stations from Pterogram newsletters
has been added to this section and Dave from the West Coast has provided
the following information on USCG VHF/UHF air frequency usage. 
His information was taken from the DOD IFR (Enroute) publication:

5696X REMARKS: Call HUMBOLT AIR. (3120x 5696x SSB.)
Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay was originally commissioned
as Coast Guard Air Station Arcataon 24 June 1977.  The 
establishment of the air station provided for an opportunity to relocate
the Group Offices from Samoa to the Air Station's new $3.5 million
facility, enhancing command and control of Coast Guard assets in the
area. Group/Air Station Humboldt Bay covers the 250 miles of rugged,
sparsely populated coastline from the Mendocino/Sonoma County line
north to the California/Oregon Border. 22 officers and over 170
enlisted personnel operate and support three HH-65A helicopters, two
87-foot coastal patrol boats, and four 47-foot motor lifeboats, in facilities
located at Crescent City, McKinleyville, Samoa, Eureka, and
Fort Bragg, California.
Air Station Humboldt Bay is located at the Arcata/Eureka airport in
McKinleyville, California, the foggiest airport in the Continental 
United States. The primary mission of the air station is search
and rescue. old Pacific currents, powerful Alaskan winter storms, 
a rough rock-strewn coastline, fog, and extremely dangerous 
entrance bar conditions combine to threaten commercial and 
recreational vessels operating in the area. Air Station Humboldt Bay
operates the only hoist-equipped helicopters on the Northern California
coast, thus Coast Guard aircrews are routinely called upon to respond to
inland search and rescue in the surrounding mountains.
Air Station Humboldt Bay is further tasked with maritime law enforcement,
marine environmental protection, and fisheries regulation enforcement
missions. The Air Station also provides logistical support for servicing aids to
navigation including remote offshore facilities only accessible by helicopter.
In support of these missions, the crew and aircraft of Air Station Humboldt
Bay fly nearly 2,000 hours per year.
The aircrews at Air Station Humboldt Bay fly the HH-65A helicopter, also
known as the "Dolphin." 

ASTORIA RGNL, AIR CG - 381.8X 5696X 8984X (5696x8984x SSB) 
REMARKS: These and other CG freq avbl on req thru 
Coast Guard Group Astorias area of responsibility covers more than
140 miles of coastline between Queets, Washington and Pacific
City, Oregon. Helicopters from Air Station Astoria regularly patrol and
respond to missions from the Canadian border to northern California.
Group Astoria is composed of Station Grays Harbor in Westport, 
Washington; Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, Washington; 
Station Tillamook Bay in Garibaldi, Oregon; Air Station Astoria 
in Warrenton, Oregon, and Aids to Navigation Team Astoria.
The HH-60J medium range helicopter represents the focal point of
aviation operations within the AOR. 
Although a new Department,and expanded regional focus have
introduced residents along the great Columbia River and the greater
Portland, OR area to more frequent helicopter patrols, Group/Air Station
Astorias traditional operational requirements have been largely 
Thanks to talented maintainers, operators, and support elements,
the Group/Air Station continues to prosecute close to 200 SAR cases
per year, support a robust aids to navigation mission, contribute to
Pacific Northwest maritime environmental protection, enforce fisheries
management regulations, and partner with numerous state and local
government agencies. 

Traverse City Air (381.8) 15 min prior to entering CG ramp.
Air Station Traverse City was formally commissioned in 1946. 
Over the years, the station has grown to its present staff size
of 28 officers, 2 warrant officers, and 100 enlisted personnel.  
The air stations HH-65A helicopters have recently been replaced
by the B model with its upgraded avionics suite and weight reduction.
In 1995, Traverse City AS began seasonal operations out of Air 
Facility Glenview (Formerly Air Station Chicago). During the boating 
season a helicopter was deployed with two crews to provide a B-0 
resource for south Lake Michigan. When NAS Glenview closed, 
a new location for the seasonal Southern Air Facility was opened 
in Muskegon, Michigan. Later a congressional mandate resulted in
another air facility at Waukegan, Illinois. In 2000, the air station began
supporting operations from both seasonal facilities. Currently, Air 
Station Detroit covers Air Facility Muskegon for the summer season, 
and Air Station Traverse City the Waukegan facility. Since 1995,
the AIRSTA has provided aircraft and crews to CG cutters in the
Caribbean. Two or three deployments per year of 4 to 6 weeks have
become the norm. Deployed crews are involved in drug and migrant
interdiction, other law enforcement and, of course, SAR. On average, 
the Air Station handles 175 cases a year. Our area of operations is
characterized by 10,000 miles of coastline and includes Lake Superior, 
Lake Michigan and Northern Lake Huron. 

AIR - 381.8
3123, 5696, 8984, 11201
Air Station Corpus Christi, located onboard Naval Air Station 
Corpus Christi, has provided operational mission support for 
over 50 years along the 350 miles of coastline and 400 miles 
of inland waterways in the Texas Coastal Bend area. 
Established In 1950, USCG Air Detachment Corpus Christi 
served the entire western Gulf of Mexico with just one PBY-5 
Catalina amphibious fixed wing aircraft, four pilots and eleven 
crew members. In the late 1950s, the detachment received 
two more aircraft and additional personnel. The detachment 
was formally designated Air Station Corpus Christi in the mid 
1960s. The Air Station maintains three HH-65A Dolphin
short range recovery helicopters and three HU-25A Guardian
medium range fixed wing aircraft, operated by approximately 
28 pilots and 100 aircrew. The area of responsibility extends
from Port OConnor, TX, south to the Mexican border in 
support of group units & MSO Corpus Christi. The primary 
mission is Search and Rescue for which an average 360 cases
a year are conducted contributing toward the Groups annual 
112 lives saved, 1,707 lives assisted, and $2,861,850 in 
property saved. 

The Aircraft Repair and Supply Center traces its beginnings 
to the late 1930s, when the land of the current Support Center
Complex at Elizabeth City was purchased by the government, 
and to its commissioning in 1947 with an initial complement of
10 officers and 63 enlisted personnel. ARSC is the aviation 
logistics center providing one stop shopping for all CG aviation 
logistics support. ARSC not only overhauls, repairs and modifies
all of the CG aviation fleet but also acts as its inventory control 
point, engineering technical center and information technology
center. ARSC is responsible for overhauling/repairing aircraft;
providing aircraft parts and equipment to the fleet; re-engineering
and manufacturing of aircraft parts; performing complex, 
multi-million dollar contracting actions; providing technical 
engineering support; and providing teams of personnel who provide
on-site field assistance to CG air stations and deployed aircraft. 
We are the who, what, when, and how of CG aviation
and take to heart our motto, We Keep Em Flying. We perform
these services for 25 air stations operating approximately 167 
aircraft as well as for deployed aircraft worldwide. All major 
support functions related to an aircraft system are contained 
within four streamlined product lines.
The four product lines at ARSC focus on HH-60 Jay Hawk and
HH-65 Dauphin Helicopters, and HC-130 Hercules and 
HU-25 Guardian Aircraft. Each year, ARSC overhauls 40 aircraft
and modifies another 30. On an average day, our team ships 
620 aircraft parts, responds to more than 100 technical/engineering
questions, performs depot maintenance on 20 aircraft, works 
on an additional 3 aircraft for drop-in maintenance, manages
180 contracts valued at $404M, has two expert teams repairing
aircraft at air stations, and overhauls 300 component parts. 
ARSC has earned high praise among government logistics 
organizations and the private sector, becoming the only place 
in all of government aviation where engineering, procurement, 
supply, depot maintenance and the information hub have been
co-located. ARSC occupies 14 buildings on 55 acres of the 
822 acre Support Center complex. ARSC employs 
149 military, 495 civilians and 278 contractors. We are the 
largest employer in the seven county area around Elizabeth City. 
We control the largest unit operating budget in the Coast Guard
and possess the largest inventory valued at $743 million. The 
aviation inventory we manage at more than 100 locations in the 
U.S. and Puerto Rico, with 99.995% dollar value accuracy.
ARSC was recognized in 2001 for its efforts in excellence by
being awarded the Commandants Silver Quality Award. 
What we do at ARSC has a definite impact CG wide. 
Our vision, We Keep Em Flying by providing the right stuff, 
at the right place, at the right time, and at the right cost...
EVERY TIME is crucial to the CG in obtaining its vision,
The worlds best Coast Guard...Ready today...Preparing 
for tomorrow. 

HOUSTON AIR - 381.8X REMARKS: (5693x
5320x SSB USCG freq on req. Other freq on req.)


CG - 381.8 383.9 3120X 5692X 8980X 8984X REMARKS: (3120x 5692x 
8980x 8984x SSB). 

USCG COMMSTA SAN FRAN - Opr 0500-1100Z++. 3123 5696 8984 11201
USCG SACRAMENTO - 167.9, 237.9, 345.0
On September 5th, 1978, Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento stood
up its first duty section at McClellan AFB. With 145 total crew, a new
fixed wing air station was born in the farmland of the California central 
valley. The reorganization moved the three existing HU-16E Albatross 
from Air Station San Francisco and added four HC-130H Hercules to 
the complement. After nearly 23 years of cohabitation with the U.S. 
Air Force, McClellan AFB closed its doors and became McClellan 
Park. Today, CGAS Sacramento has four HC-130H Hercules that 
accomplish a variety of missions and is still the only all fixed-wing 
operational air station in the Coast Guard. With a complement of 23 
officers and 130 enlisted personnel, this multi-mission air station provides
a 24 hour SAR guard, routinely conducts Alien Migration
Interdiction Operations, fisheries, homeland defense, and counter drug
patrols. With the only remaining fixed wing assets on the west coast,
CGAS Sacramento covers an area that extends north to the Canadian 
border, south to the equator, and reaches as far west as Hawaii. This 
includes over 4 million square miles of open-ocean and 1,250 miles of 
US coast line. In addition to guarding our domestic borders, occasional
MEDEVAC missions take us to Mexico and Central America. On average, 
the unit handles about 45 Search and Rescue (SAR) cases per year. 
Missions range from helicopter escorts to long range responses to 
emergency locator beacon signals received by the Eleventh District
Rescue Coordination Center. Capable of maintaining on scene presence
for over 12 hours, our C-130s provide an excellent communication platform. 
By relaying information to the Rescue Coordination Center and 
directing/coordinating other surface and air rescue assets, search
action plans are executed effectively and efficiently. CGAS Sacramento 
routinely sends aircraft to Central and South America to help prosecute 
the war on drugs in support of the Joint Inter-Agency Task Force West. 
While deployed, aircrews work closely with DOD and USCG assets to 
choke the flow of drugs through the Eastern Pacific corridor. Thanks to 
a sophisticated surveillance system, suspect vessels can be located, 
tracked, and apprehended without compromising the aircrafts position. 
CGAS Sacramento spends over 1200 of our 3200 annual programmed 
flight hours fighting this war. For CGAS Sacramento, Search and Rescue
is the primary mission, but our active involvement in law enforcement
helps pay the bills. Supporting the Homeland Defense Department with
coastal patrols, CGAS Sacramento devotes considerable time each
month to finding, querying, and confirming the identity of vessels 
bound for US ports. We are a front line of defense, protecting the west 
coast ports through a proactive ship arrival system. Working closely 
with Port Security Units, we stand ready to move the people and 
equipment wherever, whenever in order to protect our ports.

MOBILE AIR - USCG. Opr 1400-0400Z++. 381.8
3123X 5696X 8984X
In the early sixties, the Coast Guard realized the need for a standardized
pilot/aircrew training program. After the introduction of the turbine powered
HH52A helicopter in 1963, such a program, originally designated as the
Basic Operational Training Unit (BOTU), was formed at Coast Guard Air
Station Savannah, Georgia. In 1966, the vacant 232 acre Air Force Reserve
facility located at Bates Field in Mobile was acquired by the Coast Guard.
On 17 December 1966, Air Station Mobile was officially commissioned and
establishment of the fixed-wing and rotary-wing pilot training units. Air
Station Mobile became the Aviation Training Center and was designated
a headquarters unit under the direct control of the Commandant of the
Coast Guard. ATC provides in-house initial and recurrent training to over
750 HU-25, HH-65, and HH-60 pilots and aircrew annually in Transition, 
Proficiency, Requalification and upgrade courses. Every pilot receives their
initial transition into Coast Guard aircraft here and returns once a year for a
week of intensive refresher training in one of the three flight simulators 
located at ATC Mobile. ATC recently assumed operational control and
oversight for all C-130 aircraft training and standardization. This includes
responsibility for initial C-130 aircraft transition training and standardization
for the C-130 community. ATC HU-25 aircraft stand alert duty in support of
Coast Guard District Eight missions in the Gulf of Mexico and inland
waterways including Search and Rescue, Marine Environmental Protection, 
and Enforcement of the Maritime Laws and Treaties.  In FY 2001, ATC
aircraft flew over 8700 flight hours on over 4800 sorties, and saved over 
40 lives and $250,000 in property during 220 SAR cases. Since its 
beginnings in 1966, the Aviation Training Center has grown dramatically
in size and in number of missions. Currently with 15 aircraft and almost
400 active duty military, civilian and contract personnel, it is one of the
largest air units in the Coast Guard.

USCG NEW ORLEANS AIR - (U) 381.8X 5696X 8984 REMARKS: Avbl
on req thru Coast Guard Rdo New Orleans - NMG.

AIR - 381.8 5692X 8980X (5692x 8980x
SSB) REMARKS: Avbl on req thru FSS.

CG MIAMI AIR - 123.1X 381.8X

CG CAPE COD AIR - 164.55 381.8 (164.55 VHF-FM.) 
REMARKS: (381.8 Opr 1230-2030Z++ Mon-Fri exc hol.)
Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod lies in the heart of the New England
coast. Air Station Cape Cod traces its roots from the passage of the
Volstead Act of 1919 when suppression of liquor smuggling provided
funding to borrow Navy seaplanes for daily patrols from Naval Air Station
Squantum, Massachusetts. In May of 1925, three seaplanes based at 
Ten Pound Island in Gloucester, Massachusetts, essentially became
the Coast Guards first operational air station. Expanded aviation missions
gave us Air Station Salem in 1935. By the late 1940s, Air Detachment
Quonset Point, Rhode Island, provided much needed runways to
handle the increasing number of nonamphibious airframes. Air Station
Cape Cod formed on land-locked Otis Air Force Base in August of 1970.
The air station operates four HH-60J medium-range recovery helicopters
and four HU-25A medium-range utility jets, flown by approximately 
30 pilots and 100 aircrew. The area of responsibility extends north from
New York City to the Canadian border along seven states where the air
station conducts an average of 250 search and rescue cases annually.
Two alert crews, one helo and one jet, stand a 24-hour watch. The home
of Air Station Cape Cod rests in the center of the Massachusetts Military
Reservation (MMR), a conglomerate of Coast Guard, Air National Guard,
Army National Guard, and Army Reserve units on about 20,000 acres. 

PORT ANGELES AIR - (U) 127.7 381.8 2182 2702X 3120X 5692x 8980x 
(3120x 5692x8980x SSB)  

CG Air Station St. Petersburg was commissioned on 1 March 1935 and began air
operations flying seaplanes of the day. The location was a waterfront site in 
downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. In the fall of 1976, with four twin turbine 
Sikorsky HH-3F helicopters assigned, the air station was relocated to 
St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport, a dozen miles north, and renamed Air Station
Clearwater. Currently, the Clearwater air station operates 5 HC-130H Hercules
aircraft and 10 HH-60J Jayhawk helicopters. 

The events of September 11, 2001 redefined many things about the Coast
Guard, including what our key missions are: Homeland Security (Port Security)
is now equal to Search and Rescue as a #1 mission. As the only Coast
Guard Air Station between New York City and Washington D.C., and having
both cities in its area of responsibility (Philadelphia and Baltimore too), Air
Station Atlantic City has played a prominent role in the nations post-9/11
One HH-65 crew was actually on a photo mission circling the twin towers
on the morning of 9/11, just 30 minutes before the disaster. Two additional
crews immediately responded following the attack. Quickly coordinating
with the North American Defense Command, the two HH-65s were 
prepositioned in New York to assist with anticipated causalities. As the nation
watched in horror, air and surface assets from Atlantic City deployed to
New York, in support of Operation Nobel Eagle, to reassure the nation.
Atlantic Citys HH-65 captured the worlds first images of ground zero
from the air. The deployed helicopter was instrumental in providing Public
Affairs support for CNN and the New York Times. Through these media outlets,
as well as ABCs Good Morning America, the Coast Guard gained
worldwide exposure for their crucial roles and missions. That first night,
only 15 non-combat aircraft were flying within the entire U.S. airspace system,
three of them Atlantic City HH-65s responding to New York City.
Over the next few months, 80% of the Groups resource hours were dedicated
to homeland security, patrolling daily in the major ports and waterways
of the mid-Atlantic. In spite of the massive effort in supporting Noble Eagle,
Group-Air Station Atlantic City continued supporting the Coast Guards
traditional #1 role of Search and Rescue.
During the next twelve months, over 1200 SAR cases were conducted,
resulting in 70 lives saved, and nearly 1100 people assisted. This year the
case load is down to 900 but the number of lives saved has doubled to 140.
A snap shot of the operational excellence of Air Station and Group 
personnel was seen in their ability to successfully handle 74 SAR cases
on Coast Guard Day weekend in August 2002, without mishap, injury, 
or loss of life.

CG - 157.15 383.9 2182 3123X 5696X 8984x
REMARKS: Call SAN DIEGO AIR.(3123x 5696x 8984x No sked bcst.)
Air Station San Diego is located across the street from the San Diego Airport.
It was established in 1935 on on 23 acres of waterfront adjacent to the airport. 
The command is responsible for CG operations from the Mexican border
northward to above San Mateo Point., and offshore 200 miles. The inland 
area of responsibility includes parts of AZ, NV, and UT along the Colorado 
River. Search and Rescue operations often extend into Mexican waters, 
with medical evacuations off the southern Baja peninsula. The Coast Guard 
in San Diego consists of 230 Active Duty and 150 Reservists.Last year, 
San Diego crews racked up nearly 2,100 flight hours and spent approximately 
5,500 hours underway on boats. They successfully prosecuted 600 SAR 
cases conducted 300 law enforcement and safety boardings.
Together with the Pacific Area Law Enforcement Team and ATC Mobile, the
air station is currently operating the Coast Guard's Vertical Insertion
Center of Excellence, training aircrews from other HH-60 units and various 
tactical law enforcement teams.

Air Station San Francisco was completed on February 15, 1941. It is
located at the San Francisco International Airport, 14 miles south of 
San Francisco. The air station is comprised of seven buildings and 24
acres alongside the Pacific coast.  There are approximately 87 crew 
on board Air Station San Francisco.
The first helicopters arrived at Air Station San Francisco in 1947.
Air Station San Francisco is responsible for 300 miles of coastline 
from Point Conception to Fort Bragg and regularly perform search and
rescue missions in the waters off the coast of Northern California. 


A sign posted over the entrance to Maintenance Control in the helicopter
GUARD. Tools for realizing this vision make up one of the most diverse
aircraft inventories of any CG air station; 5 HH65A Dolphin helicopters, 
4 HH60J Jayhawk helicopters and 5 HC-130H Hercules 4-engine
tactical airlifters. Though the Air Station is the largest single command 
on the Island, Integrated Support Command (ISC) Kodiak also serves
as home to various other commands including four cutters, a COMMSTA
and a LORAN Station. The history of Air Station Kodiak is colorful. 
Originally commissioned on April 17, 1947, Air Detachment Kodiak 
had one PBY-5A Catalina. The unit grew steadily through the next
two decades and was formally named Air Station Kodiak on July 1, 1964.
Since 1966, 14 Kodiak aircrewmen have made the ultimate sacrifice
that others may live.

The first Coast Guard Air Station in Alaskas windy, cold, and rain swept
Southeastern panhandle was established on Annette Island in March 1944. 
In 1977 the Air Station relocated from Annette to Sitka, which was more
centrally located in the Southeastern Alaska operating area. In March of
1977, the barracks and hangar were completed, and the move of personnel
and equipment began. On April 19, 1977, flight operations for the three
Sikorsky HH3Fs were shifted to Sitka. On Alaska Day, October 17, 1977, 
CGAS Sitka was officially commissioned. Since 1977, CGAS Sitkas 
aircrews have saved over 1,620 lives, assisted thousands of others and 
saved several hundred million dollars in vessel property from the perils
of the sea. Today, CGAS Sitka utilizes three HH-60J Jayhawk helicopters
and has a compliment of 21 officers and 120 enlisted personnel. CGAS Sitkas
Area of Operations remains all of Southeast Alaska, bordered on the north, 
south, and east by the U.S./Canada border and sharing its western 
boundary (central Gulf of Alaska) with Air Station Kodiak. This AOR includes
12,000 miles of coastline and all inland areas of Southeast Alaska. 
Rugged coast, mountainous terrain, severe weather and vast distances
between fuel caches and landing sites characterize this isolated
region. Flying in the Coast Guards most challenging flight environment,
CGAS Sitka flight crews average over 150 Search and Rescue (SAR) cases
per year, many completed in storm force winds, snow, low visibility and
periods of extended darkness. In FY01 alone, the unit saved 81 lives and
directly assisted 60 others. While maintaining a "ready" status 24 hours
a day for SAR, the crew and helicopters are also used to support 75 marine
aids-to-navigation, fisheries law enforcement, enforcement of laws and
treaties, and various other missions in cooperation with federal, state, and
local government agencies. The professionalism, ingenuity, and unwavering
devotion to duty displayed by the men and women of Air Station Sitka 
continue to reflect great credit upon themselves, their unit, the United 
States Coast Guard, and the United States of America.

----------------Operational USCG Aircraft Overviews------------------

--------------------------HC-130H/J HERCULES-------------------------
    The HC-130H HERCULES is the USCG's primary long-range surveillance
and transport aircraft.  The HERCULES is tasked by the USCG with a wide
range of missions including search and rescue (SAR), law enforcement,
fishery protection, environmental protection, drug interdiction, cargo
and personnel transport and support of the International Ice Patrol.
While operating at low altitude, the HC-130H is capable of remaining
airborne for over 14 hours, while covering a flight route of almost 2000nm.
    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
    Only one HC-130H has been lost due to an accident during service
with the USCG, this being #1600.
    One last bit of information, USCG 1790 is numbered out-of-sequence
to honor the year that the USCG was founded.
HC-130H/J Specifications
HC-130H/J Air Stations: Clearwater, Elizabeth City, Barber's Point,
                        Sacramento, Kodiak
Maximum Speed:          315 knots
Operating Range:        1,950 nm
Crew:                   5 (4 Flight Crew, 1 TWS Operator)

----------------------FALCON JET HU-25 GUARDIAN----------------------
    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.
HU-25 Specifications
HU-25 Air Stations: Cape Cod(HU-25D), ATC Mobile(HU-25D), 
                    Miami(HU-25C+), Corpus Christi(HU25C+), 
Maximum Speed:          460 knots
Operating Range:        2,250 nm
Crew:                   5 (2 Flightcrew, TWS Operator, Dropmaster,
                           Air Crewman)

-------------------EADS CASA CN235-300M PERSUADER-------------------
  The CASA CN 235-300M is a transport and surveillance, fixed-wing
aircraft that will be used to perform search and rescue missions, 
enforce laws and treaties including illegal drug interdiction, marine
environmental protection, military readiness, and International 
Ice Patrol missions, as well as cargo and personnel transport. 
It can perform aerial delivery of search and rescue equipment such
as rafts, pumps, and flares, and it can be used as an On Scene
Commander platform.
  In February 2004, Lockheed Martin signed a contract with EADS CASA 
for the procurement of three CASA CN235-300M Maritime Patrol
Aircraft (MPA). The MPA is currently in the System Development
and Demonstration Phase. Delivery of two of these aircraft is 
slated for mid 2006, with Coast Guard modifications to be completed 
by late 2006 or early 2007. The Coast Guard has options to order
five more.
  The CASA CN 235-300M will provide logistics support, persistent
presence, and surveillance systems suitable for worldwide operations
to support both traditional Coast Guard missions as well as homeland
security missions. It is expected to operate an average of 1,200 fight 
hours per operational aircraft per year and have an 80% fleet availability
rate. Its command, control, computers, communication, intelligence, 
surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) technology will include a
variety of sensors, such as multi-mode search radar, and an IR/EO 
system. The two-engine CN 235-300M will perform most of the
Coast Guards medium -range surveillance. This aircraft will be 
particularly effective at detecting targets in a search area and vectoring
prosecution assets to the target, thereby contributing to improved 
maritime domain awareness and a common operating picture. The
aircraft will ensure controlled movement of high interest vessels, enhance
presence and response capabilities, protect critical infrastructure
and enhance Coast Guard force protection. Aircraft modifications for 
Coast Guard use will allow for a suitable aerial observers windows, 
provisions for installing the C4ISR systems pallet, provisions for dropping
smoke flares, rescue equipment (dewatering pumps, life rafts, etc.) and
personnel, provisions for dropping supplies and equipment using the P1G
container with its aerial delivery system and the Sonobuoy container, 
and accommodations for crew egress and survival in the event of ditching
at sea. 
  The optimal mix of air assets  including the number of required 
CN 235-300Ms   will be determined based on the capabilities required
to meet the Coast Guards entire mission demands. A determining 
factor in addition to the CN 235-300Ms is the C-130Js as allocated to
the Coast Guard by the Department of Defense Appropriations.
CN235 Specifications
Maximum Cruising Speed 236 knots
Maximum Range 1,565 NM (MPA Configured)
Range with Payload (6000 lbs) 575 NM (Cargo Configured)
Length 70.2 FT
Wing Span 84.7 FT
Cabin Length 31.6 FT
Cabin Height 6.1 FT
Cabin Width Max Width 8.9 FT, Floor Width 7.7 FT
Maximum Take-off Weight 36,380 lb
Maximum Landing Weight 36,380 lb
Engines General Electric CT7-9C3 Turboprop Engines (2)
Propellers Hamilton Standard 14RF-37 (Four Blades)
Endurance: 8.3 hours

-----------SIKORSKY HH-60J/HH-60T/MH-60J/MH-60T JAYHAWK-----------
     Entering operational service in 1991, the HH-60J is the primary
medium-range Search and Rescue helicopter in service with the USCG. In
addition, the HH-60J plays a key role in support of the Operation Bahamas
Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) counternarcotics mission.
     The HH-60J has an extensive electronics suite, including a state
of the art Electronic Flight Instrumentation System (EFIS) complete
with CRT multi-function displays. Additional equipment includes the
AN/APN-217 doppler search and weather radar, a Forward-Looking
InfraRed (FLIR) system, GPS receivers, and a Night Vision
Goggles (NVG) compatible cockpit.
    Normally stationed ashore, the Jayhawk can be carried aboard the
larger Medium and High-Endurance cutters. The HH-60J is is too large to
operate from smaller cutters and due to its large size, the HH-65 is
prefered over the HH-60J for all shipborne operations.

On December 8, 2004 HH-60J # 6020 from CGAS Kodiak crashed into the
Bering Sea. The helicopter and crew were evacuating crewmembers off 
the grounded Malaysian freighter Selendang Ayu on December 8th when
it crashed in the ocean during the rescue attempt. Another helicopter from
the Coast Guard cutter Alex Haley picked up the three crewmen and a 
civilian passenger and took them to Dutch Harbor for medical treatment.
Six civilians passengers they had lifted off the freighter perished.

A contributor passed on a message outling USCG HH-60 and HH-65
designation changes. New designations will be HH-60T, MH-60T, MH-60J, 
and MH-65C.
Here is an excerpt from the message:
Ref: Air Force Joint Instruction 16-401
1. All HH-60J and HH-65C airframes modified with airborne use of
force (AUF) equipment packages shall be designated as MH-60J
and MH-65C airframes. The "M" in the prefix stands for Multi-mission.
This change will help our engineering community with logistics
support and allow operational commanders to better track and manage
aircraft types and employment.
2. The "MH" prefix does not connote that an individual aircraft has its
weapons on board and is in a ready AUF posture. The "MH" designation
only indicates that the airframe has been modified with the necessary
hardware components and airframe modifications and can be readied
for AUF operations with weapons, ammunition and required crewmembers.
3. As HH-60T (HH-60J aircraft that have undergone avionics upgrade) roll
off the PDM line in the coming years, they will be designated as MH-60T
airframes if AUF modified.

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.

The HH-60J depot maintenance interval is 48 months.
HH-60J Specifications
HH-60J Air Stations:    ATC Mobile, Kodiak, Sitka, Clearwater, Cape Cod,
                        Elizabeth City, San Diego
Maximum Speed:          180 knots
Operating Range:        300 nm standard / 700 nm maximum
Crew:                   4 (2 Flight Crew, 2 Air Crewmen)

--------------AEROSPATIALE HH-65A/B/C/MH-65C DOLPHIN-------------------
    Utilizing the French Aerospatiale Dolphin design, the HH-65A entered
USCG service in 1985.  USCG. The HH-65 is assigned the primary 
mission of short-range Searchand Rescue (SAR), and operates from 
both air stations and USCG Cutters.
    Like other aircraft in USCG service, the HH-65 is undergoing a major
upgrade. Concurrent with each airframe's routine four-year overhaul, the
helicopters will be refit to the HH-65C standard. This upgrade program 
began in 2004.
    The HH-65B upgrade incorporates a new cockpit, upgrading the control
display units and multifunction flat panel displays. In addition, a
significant upgrade to the flight management software is incorporated.
The flight management software provides for flying fully-automatic
search patterns in all weather, and can bring the helicopter to an
automatic hover at an altitude of 50'.
    The HH-65C upgrade involves re-engining 84 HH-65s with the Turbomeca 
Arriel 2C2 engine.
    HH-65s will be armed with a .50 cal rifle. 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.
    Several HH-65 DOLPHINs (6541, 6546, 6549, 6594) have been lost in
service-related accidents since their introduction in 1985.  This
compares to 1 HC-130H, 1 HH-60J and no HU-25 aircraft. An additional
HH-65A (6571) was damaged during a landing accident onboard USCGC
Campbell in January 2001.
HH-65 Specifications
HH-65 Air Stations:     ATC Mobile, Corpus Christi, Borinquen, New Orleans,
                        Miami, Atlantic City, North Bend, Astoria, Sitka,
                        Port Angeles, Savannah, Houston, Humboldt Bay,
                        Detroit, Los Angeles, Barbers Point, Traverse City,
                        Kodiak, San Francisco
Maximum Speed:          175 knots
Operating Range:        150 nm standard / 400 nm maximum
Crew:                   3 (2 Flight Crew, Air Crewman)

-----------------------------MH-68 STING RAY------------------------------

     The Coast Guard's newest helicopter, the MH-68A recently
received the official designation "Sting Ray."  The Sting Ray is 
an all-weather, short-range, armed interdiction helicopter, 
employing state of the art navigation, communication, and avionics
equipment. Unlike the Coast Guard's HH-65 Dolphin and HH-60 
Jayhawk helicopters which are used mainly for Search and Rescue, 
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.  While in the
past the MH-68A has been referred to by various unofficial nicknames,
the only authorized designation in now "Sting Ray."  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 is America's first and only airborne law enforcement 
unit trained and authorized to employ Airborne Use of Force or AUF. 
  Initially tasked with interdicting and stopping suspected drug-laden, 
high-speed vessels known as "go-fasts," HITRON's mission was 
expanded to include Maritime Homeland Security, and the unit now 
has a key role on the front lines of America's war on drugs and terrorism.  
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.  Since 
employing the Sting Ray, HITRON aircrews have successfully 
interdicted over 30 tons of illegal drugs valued at more than $2.1 billion.
     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.  
    The unit has also changed its name from HITRON-10 to HITRON
Jacksonville, and they have eight helicopters using serial numbers
assigned by Agusta as they came off the production line which is 
why they do not match the regular Coast Guard aircraft numbering
     The MH-68As are to be replaced by MH-65C models in 2007.
MH-68 Specifications
MH-68 Airfields:        Cecil Field, FL
Maximum Speed:          168 knots (193 mph)
Maximum Cruise Speed:   140 knots (161 mph)
Maximum Range:          280 nm (322 miles)
Maximum Endurance:      2.5 hours
Maximum Ceiling         19,000 feet
Maximum Gross Weight:   6,600 pounds
Engines:                Two Pratt & Whitney 206C Jet Turbines
Power:                  732 shaft horsepower each (1,464 shp)
Armament:               7.62mm M240 Machine Gun, M16 5.56mm Rifle and 
                        .50 cal RC50 Precision Rifle with LASER sights
Rescue Hoist:           Optional, 600 pound capacity
Crew:                   Pilot, Co-Pilot, and up to two Aviation Gunners

Search/Night Capabilities: FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared), 
NVG's (Night Vision Goggles), HUD (Heads-Up Display), 
Nitesun Searchlight, RADAR

Navigation and Communication: GPS (Global Positioning System), 
VOR, ILS, and ADF navigation gear, and secure encrypted 
SATCOM (Satellite Communications) as well as UHF/VHF/HF Radios

------------------------VC-37 GULFSTREAM V----------------------
    In May 02 the VC-37 replaced the C-20B GULFSTREAM III used by
the USCG for VIP transport. Photos of the aircraft show the number "01" 
on the tail. Coast Guard 01 operates out of Reagan National Airport
(old Washington National). CG 01 is the only ACARS equipped CG 
aircraft. It uses C101on ACARS.
VC-37 Specifications
Maximum Range: 6,500 nm 12,046 km
Long Range Cruise Speed Mach 0.80, 459 ktas, 851 km/h
Maximum Cruise Altitude 51,000 ft 15,545 m 
Weights: Maximum Takeoff Weight 90,500 lb 41,051 kg
 Maximum Landing Weight 75,300 lb 34,156 kg
 Basic Operating Weight (including 4 crew) 48,000 lb 21,773 kg
 Maximum Payload 6,500 lb 2,948 kg 
Payload with Maximum Fuel 1,600 lb 726 kg
Engines (2) BMW Rolls-Royce BR710
Passengers (Maximum) 19 Passengers (Typical Outfitting) 13-15 
Exterior Length 96 ft 5 in 29.4 m 
Height 25 ft 10 in 7.9 m 
Wingspan 93 ft 6 in 28.5 m

VC-37 Airfields:        CGAS Washington DC/Reagan National Airport (DCA)

--------------------------VC-43A Challenger--------------------------
The Coast Guard took delivery in 2004 of a Canadair
CL-604 Challenger designated a VC-43A Medium Range Command and
Control Aircraft. It's onboard secure communications suite provides
operational support for high-level Coast Guard and Homeland Security
VC-43A Specifications
VC-43A Airfields:        CGAS Washington
Maximum Speed:         
Maximum Range:          

-----------------------Northrop Grumman RQ-4A Global Hawk ----------------
--------------High Altitude Endurance Unmanned Air Vehicle (HAUAV)---------
    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
RQ-4A Specifications
Airspeed: 340 kts
Range: 2,800 nm
Endurance: 30 hrs
Length: 44 FT
Height: 15 FT
Wing Span: 116 FT
Loiter Altitude: 50,000 to 65,000 FT 

---------------------------Bell Eagle Eye HV-911 VTOL UAV------------------
    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
HV-911 Specifications
Maximum Airspeed: 220 kts
Cruise Speed: 130 kts
Range: 750 nm
Endurance: 6 hours
Dimensions: Height 5.7 FT
Length 17.23 FT
Wing Span 23.6 FT 

------------------Air Station and COMMSTA Addresses-------------------

--ATC Mobile:

    Commanding Officer
    U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Training Center
    8501 Tanner Williams Road
    Mobile, AL 36608-8322

--CGAS Astoria:

    Commanding Officer
    U.S. Coast Guard Air Station
    2185 SE Airport Road
    Warrenton, OR 97146-9693

--CGAS Atlantic City:

    Commanding Officer
    U.S. Coast Guard Air Station
    International Airport
    Atlantic City, NJ 08405-0001

--CGAS Atlantic City - Brooklyn Detachment:

    Commanding Officer
    U. S. Coast Guard Air Station
    Floyd Bennett Field
    Brooklyn, NY 11234-7097

--CGAS Barbers Point:

    Commanding Officer
    U.S. Coast Guard Air Station
    1 Coral Sea Road
    Barbers Point, HI 96707-3693

--CGAS Borinquen:

    Commanding Officer
    U.S. Coast Guard Air Station
    Aguadilla, PR 00604-9999

--CGAS Cape Cod:

    Commanding Officer
    U.S. Coast Guard Air Station
    Cape Cod, MA 02542-5024

--CGAS Clearwater:

    Commanding Officer
    U.S. Coast Guard Air Station
    15100 Rescue Way
    Clearwater, FL 33762-1437

--CGAS Corpus Christi:

    Commanding Officer
    U.S. Coast Guard Air Station
    8930 Ocean Drive
    Corpus Christi, TX 78419-5220

--CGAS Detroit:

    Commanding Officer
    U.S. Coast Guard Air Station
    c/o Selfridge ANGB
    Mt. Clemens, MI 48045-5011

--CGAS Detroit - Traverse City Detachment:

    Commanding Officer
    U.S. Coast Guard Air Station
    1175 Airport Access Road
    Traverse City, MI 49686-3586

--CGAS Elizabeth City:

    Commanding Officer
    U.S. Coast Guard Air Station
    Elizabeth City, NC 27909-5004

--CGAS Houston:

    Commanding Officer
    U.S. Coast Guard Air Station
    1178 Ellington Field
    Houston, TX 77034-5569

--CGAS Humboldt Bay:

    Commanding Officer
    U.S. Coast Guard Air Station
    McKinleyville, CA 95521-5000

--CGAS Kodiak:

    Commanding Officer
    U.S. Coast Guard Air Station
    P.O. Box 190033
    Kodiak, AK 99619-0033

--CGAS Los Angeles:

    Commanding Officer
    U.S. Coast Guard Air Station
    7159 World Way West
    Los Angeles, CA 90045-5824

--CGAS Miami:

    Commanding Officer
    U.S. Coast Guard Air Station
    15000 NW, 42nd Avenue
    Opa Locka Airport
    Opa Locka, FL 33054-2397

--CGAS New Orleans:

    Commanding Officer
    U.S. Coast Guard Air Station
    c/o Naval Air Station
    New Orleans, LA 70143-0001

--CGAS North Bend:

    Commanding Officer
    U.S. Coast Guard Air Station
    2000 Connecticut Avenue
    North Bend, OR 97459-2399

--CGAS Port Angeles:

    Commanding Officer
    U.S. Coast Guard Air Station
    Port Angeles, WA 98362-0159

--CGAS Sacramento:

    Commanding Officer
    U. S. Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento
    McClellan AFB, CA 95652-1260

--CGAS San Diego:

    Commanding Officer
    U.S. Coast Guard Air Station
    2710 Harbor Drive North
    San Diego, CA 92101-1028

--CGAS San Francisco:

    Commanding Officer
    U.S. Coast Guard Air Station
    SFO International Airport, Bldg.,1020
    San Francisco, CA 94128-3099

--CGAS Savannah:

    Commanding Officer
    U.S. Coast Guard Air Station
    Hunter AAF Post Office
    Savannah, GA 31409-5053

--CGAS Sitka:

    Commanding Officer
    U.S. Coast Guard Air Station
    611 Airport Road
    Sitka, AK 99835-6500

--CGAS Washington DC:

    Commanding Officer
    U.S. Coast Guard Air Station
    Washington National Airport
    Hanger 6
    Washington, DC 20001-4964


    Commanding Officer
    13510 Areospace Way, Hangar 13
    Jacksonville, FL 32215

--CAMSLANT Chesapeake: (NMN)

    4720 Douglas A. Munro Road
    Chesapeake, VA 23322-4399

--CAMSPAC Point Reyes: (NMC)

    CAMSPAC Point Reyes
    17000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
    P.O. Box 560
    Point Reyes Station, CA 94956-0560

--COMMSTA Boston: (NMF)

    P. O. Box 1310
    Forestdale, MA 02644-1310

--COMMSTA Honolulu: (NMO)

    NCTAMS East Pacific
    Bldg. 242
    Wahiawa, HI 96786-3050

--COMMSTA Kodiak: (NOJ)

    P O Box 190017
    Kodiak, AK 99619-0017

--COMMSTA Miami: (NMA)

    16001 SW 117th Avenue
    Miami, FL 33177-1699

--COMMSTA New Orleans: (NMG)

    4023 Main Street
    P.O. Box 520
    Belle Chasse, LA 70037-0520

------------------------Editor's Note-------------------------------

A note on sources:
I was recently contacted by a USCG member who was extremely upset
at the existance of this list and the information it contained and felt it was
a threat to security. I would like to take this opportunity to point out that, 
other than spotter reports, 95% of the information comes directly from official
USCG websites and releases as well as the websites and releases of USCG
contractors (i.e. Motorola, L-3 Comms, EADS, Raytheon etc.) and various 
aviation magazines. Federal agencies such as the FCC, FAA, Customs, 
GAO, CBO, and congressional committees also release large amounts of 
information about communications, equipment, and budget matters as well 
as deployment trends and tactics. Some of the information has also come 
from the USCG Aviation Association website itself: 
USCG contributors have included members at all levels from the deckplates 
up through commanding officers acting in their official capacity. I have also
had past conversations with officials at District 7 in which I made it known 
that most of this information comes directly from the DHS/USCG itself. 
At no time has any USCG official objected about list content during my 
tenure as list editor.
This list itself is heavily sanitized. Hobbyists are well aware that hundreds of 
USCG frequencies and many of their designators are well known in the radio
hobby and aircraft spotting world. VHF/UHF frequencies have been published 
in many FAA publications. The USCG has been using the same HF frequencies
for many years and they have been published in print in magazines hundreds 
of times. Other information has come from crews at airshows. Callsigns are not
hard to figure out as each platform makes a distinctive sound. The terminology 
prowords have been taken directly from USCG SAR and training publications 
posted online by the USCG training center in Yorktown, VA as well as DoD sites.
Most ALE addresses are also well known. They have been published previously
in federal publications and the FCC released public documents detailing the location
of all USCG and Customs radio transmitters as well as the over the horizon radar
locations. The USCG itself as well as it's contractors publish aircraft
specifications and capabilities and I think every public library in the world
carries Jane's publications which list far more detailed information than is
contained in this list. Sites such as and also
publish much detailed information.
One may object to all this information being gathered in one place, but that does 
not change the fact that the information is already out there on numerous federal 
and private websites.
I have a clear conscience that no one's life is put in danger by the existence of
this list, but if someone feels it contains something that is a specific threat to 
national security I am always willing to discuss it further.

------------------------UPDATES / CORRECTIONS------------------------

Any corrections, updates, or additional info appreciated!

Mark Cleary (

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