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Feb. 12, 2024

Coast Guard Boat Acquisition Program achieves significant milestone with delivery of final 22-foot cutter boat-large

The Coast Guard Boat Acquisition Program delivered its 39th and final cutter boat-large (CB-L) on Feb. 5, completing replacement of the aging fleet of legacy cutter boats that previously operated with the Coast Guard’s 210-foot cutters, 225-foot buoy tenders, and Coast Guard Cutters Alex Haley and Mackinaw.

Feb. 7, 2024

Research and Development Center projects continue to enhance Coast Guard mission success

In fiscal year 2023, the Coast Guard Research and Development Center in New London, Connecticut, supported a research portfolio of 54 projects, covering the full scope of the Coast Guard’s missions.

Jan. 25, 2024

Air Station Detroit transitions to updated MH-65E helicopter; new avionics package boosts mission capability

Air Station Detroit rang in the new year with the transition to the upgraded MH-65E or “Echo” model short range recover helicopter.

Jan. 23, 2024

Coast Guard takes next steps toward all MH-60T helicopter fleet 

The Coast Guard received approval from the Department of Homeland Security on Oct. 31, 2023, to proceed with acquisition program activities that will continue to extend the service life of the existing MH-60T fleet as well as begin the Coast Guard’s transition to a rotary wing fleet consisting of all MH-60T aircraft.

Dec. 18, 2023

Coast Guard releases request for proposal for maritime unmanned aircraft system services

The Coast Guard released a request for proposal (RFP) Dec. 12 for maritime unmanned aircraft system (MUAS) services capable of deploying from Coast Guard cutters. The services sought are for contractor-owned, contractor-operated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Nov. 29, 2023

Coast Guard MH-65 technical training receives major upgrade

The Coast Guard MH-65 Conversion and Sustainment Program has been upgrading the service’s short range recovery helicopter with an improved automatic flight control system, new integrated weather radar and digital cockpit architecture.

Nov. 22, 2023

Coast Guard Yard removes two 27-ton engines as part of medium endurance cutter service life extension program

On Nov. 8, personnel at Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore achieved a milestone in the 270-foot medium endurance cutter service life extension program (SLEP) by safely removing the two main diesel engines from Coast Guard Cutter Spencer. The engines each weigh 54,000 pounds – or 27 tons – and this is the first lift of this weight that has been conducted at Coast Guard Yard in more than a decade. This also is the first time Yard personnel have removed an engine from a 270-foot medium endurance cutter.

Nov. 17, 2023

55th fast response cutter accepted, to be homeported in Boston

The Coast Guard accepted delivery of the 55th fast response cutter (FRC), Melvin Bell, Nov. 16, in Key West, Florida. Melvin Bell will be the sixth FRC to be homeported in Boston.

Nov. 16, 2023

Air Station Atlantic City completes transition to MH-65E

An Air Station Atlantic City MH-65E returns home from California by airlift after supporting a presidential security detail through the deployable Rotary Wing Air Intercept mission. U.S. Coast Guard photo. The upgraded MH-65E short range recovery helicopter continues to bring added capability and efficiency to Coast Guard air stations across the

Oct. 31, 2023

Coast Guard christens first offshore patrol cutter

The Coast Guard christened the first offshore patrol cutter (OPC), Argus, on Oct. 27 at Eastern Shipbuilding’s Nelson Shipyard in Panama City, Florida. Following the christening event, Eastern Shipbuilding launched the cutter into the water for the first time.