June 20, 2017 —
The C-27J Spartan medium range surveillance aircraft CGNR 2711 sits on the tarmac at Air Station Sacramento, California, April 29, 2017. Air Station Sacramento is the first unit to operate C-27Js and received the full complement of aircraft upon formal transfer of the CGNR 2711 on May 1. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Zach Huff.
Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento, California, is operating with its full complement of aircraft following delivery of the sixth C-27J Spartan medium range surveillance aircraft May 1.
The air station is the first operational unit to receive C-27Js. The sixth aircraft was delivered two months ahead of schedule.
“Air Station Sacramento’s receipt of the sixth aircraft marks an important milestone for the C-27J project,” said Lt. Cmdr. Bart Philpott, deputy program manager for the C-27J acquisition. “It should provide Sacramento flexibility in their operational schedule while we move to full operational capability with full mission system integration.”
The C-27J program will meet with Naval Air Systems Command and original equipment manufacturer personnel this summer at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, to further develop mission system integration specifications.
The air station’s C-27Js are replacing HC-130H Hercules long range surveillance aircraft. The C-27Js provide medium-range air capability for the Coast Guard’s maritime patrol, drug and migrant interdiction, disaster response, and search and rescue missions.
For more information: Medium Range Surveillance Aircraft program page