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Over the past five years, the Coast Guard's average annual international sales have exceeded $90 million, with an average annual delivery of 40 assets and a total of more than 500 asset deliveries.

The U.S. Coast Guard transferred a decommissioned 378-foot high endurance cutter, the former Sherman, to the Sri Lanka navy at a ceremony in Honolulu Aug. 27, 2018.

The Coast Guard conducted the transfer ceremony for two 110-foot patrol boats – the former cutters Long Island and Roanoke Island – to the Costa Rican coast guard in Caldera, Costa Rica, Oct. 13, 2017.


Excess Defense Articles

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What is the process for transferring assets through the EDA program?

The Coast Guard sends out a message soliciting interest in excess defense articles after proposing to decommission or retire assets. Countries respond with a letter of interest. The condition of each asset is fully disclosed since EDA transfers take place “as is.” This means that the foreign government will be required to pay for any repair, transportation, and training costs as well as any required support equipment.

The Coast Guard develops a strategic allocation recommendation explaining which countries should receive the assets and forwards the recommendation to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. Once approved, it is sent to the Department of State and the Congress for final approval. After receiving authority to offer the assets, countries are invited to conduct thorough inspections. While each asset may have different support requirements, the Coast Guard ensures that proper training is provided with each transfer.


International Acquisition: In the News


Sept. 27, 2018 - Coast Guard Begins Process To Transfer Patrol Boats To Ukraine

Sept. 4, 2018 - Coast Guard Transfers Former High Endurance Cutter To Sri Lanka

March 6, 2018 - Coast Guard Hosts Costa Rica Delegation To Celebrate Cutter Transfer Progress


Oct. 16, 2017 - Coast Guard Transfers Two Former Cutters To Costa Rica

May 26, 2017 - Coast Guard Transfers Former High Endurance Cutter To Vietnam


Dec. 13, 2016 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Transfers Two Former Cutters To Pakistan

Nov. 30, 2016 - Third Cutter From U.S. To Arrive In PH

Oct. 3, 2016 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Transfers Two Former Cutters To Republic Of Georgia

July 22, 2016 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Transfers Former Cutter Boutwell To Philippines


Nov. 20, 2015 - Acquisition Update: President Obama Announces New Ship Transfers to Philippines On Visit To Former Coast Guard Cutter

May 7, 2015 - Acquisition Update: Former Coast Guard Cutter Rush Transferred To Bangladesh


Dec. 19, 2013 - Acquisition Update: Ex-Coast Guard Cutter Delivers Disaster Aid to Philippines

June 4, 2013 - Coast Guard Office of International Programs Supports International Partnerships in Caribbean Exercise