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The Coast Guard marked a major milestone July 13, 2007 with the establishment of a new, consolidated Acquisition Directorate (CG-9). The new organization had begun to take shape in 2006, when then-Commandant Adm. Thad Allen directed the establishment of CG-9 as one of his 10 visionary transformation initiatives for the Coast Guard.

Under the new organization, programs from the legacy Coast Guard acquisition directorate and the Integrated Deepwater System program were brought together under a single executive authority. The new directorate also brought together the Office of Procurement Management; the Office of Research, Development and Technical Management; the Research and Development Center; and the Head of Contracting Activity. Together, these offices helped to establish the foundation for a full-service acquisition and procurement management organization.

Acquisition Successes

Today, the Acquisition Directorate manages an investment portfolio worth approximately $1 billion annually. Several of the service’s recapitalization projects already have provided significant value to the Coast Guard. Some of the directorate’s successes include:

  • Delivering Legend-class 418-foot National Security Cutters, the most technologically advanced white hull patrol cutters ever to see service with the Coast Guard.
  • Upgrading the MH-65 Dolphin fleet with new engines, adding 40 percent more power (B to C conversion); and airborne use-of-force capabilities and other enhancements (C to D conversion).
  • Completing Mission Effectiveness Project (MEP) refurbishment and upgrades for the Reliance-class 210-foot Medium Endurance Cutters (WMEC), the Island-class 110-foot patrol boats (WPB) and Famous-class 270-foot WMECs.
  • Delivering MH-60T Medium Range Recovery Helicopter conversions, with upgraded avionics, airborne use-of-force capabilities and new sensor systems.
  • Delivering Response Boats – Medium, which replace the service’s 41-foot and non-standard utility boats with a high-performance platform featuring greater range and speed, and a state-of-the-market communication suite.
  • Delivering Rescue 21, the Coast Guard’s advanced command, control and communications system, which now stands the watch over the ocean and Great Lakes coastlines of the continental contiguous United States, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Northern Marianas Islands.