Oct. 20, 2017 —
CGNR 2705 arrived at Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama, Oct. 19 after formally entering HC-27J Asset Project Office (APO) custody earlier that day. The aircraft is planned to arrive at the APO in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, later this month. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
The HC-27J Asset Project Office (APO) in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, took custody of the Coast Guard’s 14th and final C-27J, CGNR 2705, Spartan medium range surveillance aircraft Oct. 19. All of the service’s C-27Js have now undergone regeneration from storage.
In 2013, Congress directed the U.S. Air Force to transfer 14 C-27Js to the Coast Guard. Thirteen Spartans, including CGNR 2705, underwent a regeneration process involving inspection, verification and repair completed by the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona. The APO also received a C-27J that underwent other work to prepare it for operations from vendor storage.
“The entrance of the 2705 into APO custody marks a significant program milestone and is a testament to the extraordinary professionalism and dedication of the APO and Team Spartan,” said Capt. Eric Storch, commanding officer of the HC-27J APO. “While there remains a considerable amount of work ahead to missionize the Spartan fleet, the HC-27J will prove to be a capable and reliable platform for decades to come.”
The Coast Guard is working with the Naval Air Systems Command to develop a missionization package for the aircraft, which will use Minotaur mission system architecture to incorporate the sensors; radar; and command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment used to conduct Coast Guard missions. The first C-27J was delivered to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, Sept. 28 to begin the mission system integration process.
Of the Coast Guard’s remaining 13 C-27Js, seven are stationed at the HC-27J APO in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Five are primarily used for training curriculum and maintenance procedure development, and two are undergoing regularly scheduled long-term maintenance. Six aircraft operate out of Air Station Sacramento, California.
The C-27Js will be instrumental in helping the Coast Guard fulfill its maritime patrol, drug and migrant interdiction, disaster response and search and rescue missions more effectively.
For more information: Medium Range Surveillance Aircraft program page