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

The Coast Guard accepted delivery of its 17th C-130J long range surveillance aircraft Aug. 10, 2023, from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Marietta, Georgia. The aircraft will operate out of the Aviation Logistics Center in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, until it undergoes missionization at L3Harris in Waco, Texas.

The Coast Guard accepted its 16th C-130J long range surveillance aircraft Nov. 10, 2022, from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Marietta, Georgia. The aircraft will next undergo missionization which encompasses the installation of the Minotaur Mission System Suite and APY-11 multimode radar at L3Harris in Waco, Texas.

The Coast Guard awarded a contract Sept. 28, 2022, to L3Harris Technologies Inc. for up to five AN/APY-11 multimode radars that will be installed on the service’s new C-130J Super Hercules long range surveillance aircraft during Minotaur missionization. 


National Security Cutter

Coast Guard cutters Bertholf and Waesche, the first two national security cutters, steam in formation off the coast of southern California Feb. 26, 2010. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco.

Structural Enhancement Work To Begin On Second NSC, Conclude On First

Sept. 12, 2017

Coast Guard Cutter Waesche, the service’s second national security cutter (NSC), arrived at Vigor Marine LLC’s Seattle shipyard today to begin structural enhancement work.


The enhancements take approximately a year to complete and will fully address fatigue life concerns identified in the original NSC design. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, the first NSC, also underwent structural enhancement work and is planned to depart the shipyard later this month.


It was determined during the early stages of NSC production that the cutters’ design would need structural modifications in some areas in order to achieve a 30-year design fatigue life. The Coast Guard and the shipbuilder completed additional analyses and engineering efforts to address the fatigue life concerns, resulting in the incorporation of structural enhancements into regular production during the construction of the third NSC, Coast Guard Cutter Stratton. Stratton and all subsequent NSCs have the enhancements already installed. Bertholf and Waesche were unable to receive the structural enhancements during production due to construction timelines.


Bertholf and Waesche are two of the four NSCs based in Alameda, California. Two NSCs are based in Charleston, South Carolina, and the next two to enter service will be based in Honolulu.


For more information: National Security Cutter program page