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Video: HC-130H Departure Marks End of an Era

The Coast Guard accepted its 14th C-130J April 27, 2020, from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Marietta, Georgia.

The Coast Guard accepted its 12th missionized HC-130J Super Hercules long range surveillance aircraft following installation of the Minotaur Mission System Suite Feb. 27, 2020. Integration was completed at L3 Technologies Inc. Integrated Systems Platform Integration Division in Waco, Texas.

The Coast Guard received the first HC-130J outfitted with the Block 8.1 upgrade from Lockheed Martin on Jan. 31, 2020, in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

The Air Force awarded a contract for production of one C-130J Super Hercules to Lockheed Martin Corp. Dec. 27, 2019.

Non-Retaliation Policy

The Office of the National Ombudsman of the Small Business Administration (SBA) asked all federal agencies to adopt a policy that clearly states the agency will not retaliate against small businesses that question or complain about the way the agency does business.

The Commandant approved the Coast Guard non-retaliation policy on Feb. 11, 2004. The policy was published in the Federal Register on March 18, 2004 (69 FR 12864) and is restated here:

If you question or lodge a complaint regarding a Coast Guard policy or action to the Coast Guard or to anyone else, or if you seek outside help in dealing with a Coast Guard policy or action, the Coast Guard will not retaliate against you in any fashion. The Coast Guard wants you to be able to comment, question, or lodge a complaint about our policies or actions without fear that we will retaliate or try to discourage future questions or complaints. If you think the Coast Guard has broken this promise, we will investigate, take appropriate action, and make sure that mistakes are not repeated.

You may comment, ask questions, or file a complaint about Coast Guard policies or actions by contacting your local Coast Guard Office, or you can also contact the SBA Office of the National Ombudsman at 888-REG-FAIR (734-3247); fax: 202-481-5719; email:

Small businesses generally are independently owned and operated and are not dominant in their field. If you need help determining whether or not your business qualifies as a “small business,” contact the SBA’s Office of the National Ombudsman using the information given in the paragraph above.