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The Asset Project Office's Cutter Transition Division took custody of the decommissioned 110-foot patrol boats Staten Island and Jefferson Island Oct. 17, 2014, and achieved initial operational capability Oct. 27, 2014.

Transitioning to the Fleet

The Acquisition Directorate not only acquires and delivers products that meet contract cost, schedule and performance parameters; CG-9 also works closely with other headquarters offices to ensure that the service’s logistics community and facilities infrastructure can absorb and support new assets effectively. Working with its partners, the Acquisition Directorate helps to provide total asset lifecycle management services, including logistics policy and process development and technical expertise to help acquisition programs transition products from procurement to operation and sustainment.

Why focus on logistics?

By focusing on the supportability of all assets procured under the Coast Guard’s major systems acquisition programs, the Acquisition Directorate helps to ensure that logistics requirements facilitate mission execution. Additionally, by bridging the gap between acquisition and long-term maintenance, the Coast Guard can anticipate future issues and build solutions into product lines up front. This allows for continual improvement through the application of lessons learned.

The Acquisition Logistics program provides coordination and policy guidance for the integrated logistics support plans developed to support and sustain the Coast Guard’s new major systems acquisitions. In collaboration with other Coast Guard headquarters directorates, the program fosters partnerships that help ensure that the logistics plans for new assets are sufficient and they comply with Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security policy guidance. Acquisition Logistics also works with the DHS to develop cross-component ILS guidance where commonality exists with other agencies.



Coast Guard engineers from the Project Resident Office assess the shipbuilder’s progress in constructing a fast response cutter hull at Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport, Louisiana. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Through the Asset Project Office, the Coast Guard plans, manages and executes the delivery and transition of newly acquired Coast Guard assets to operational service in the field. With minimal disruption to operators and maintainers, the APO is the Coast Guard’s middleman between acquiring and sustaining new assets.

How does the program help transition assets to the fleet?

The APO, located in the vicinity of the Coast Guard Yard and Surface Forces Logistics Center in Baltimore, Maryland, provides logistics, systems engineering and integration, business process support and decision-making analysis services. The APO’s technical subject matter expertise helps to prepare product lines for sustainment, providing critical continuity for lifecycle support of new assets.

The APO has established and supports product lines for each of the Coast Guard’s major surface asset categories, similar to those of the Aviation Logistics Center at Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The product line organizational structure helps the APO to work interdependently with the acquisition, logistics and operational communities, bridging the gap between the sometimes disparate processes of acquisition and long-term sustainment.

The APO has:

  • Established product lines for the national security cutter, fast response cutter, response boat-medium and response boat-small.
  • Developed acquisition and logistics support plans for the forthcoming offshore patrol cutter program.
  • Developed integrated logistics support plans and products.
  • Defined resource requirements for staffing product lines and associated billets.
  • Trained and developed personnel for management of the product lines.
  • Provided subject matter expertise in acquisition logistics and transitioning new assets to the fleet.


Infrastructure upgrades

A dredge removes sediment from the channel at the Coast Guard pier in Alameda, California, to ensure enough depth to accommodate the NSCs now based there. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

A new cutter, boat or aircraft cannot aid frontline operators in executing their missions for long if it does not have a pier to moor it or hangar to house it, as well as adequate infrastructure to support it.

How are new or upgraded facilities implemented?

As part of the Acquisition Logistics program, the Major Acquisition Systems Infrastructure program closely collaborates with the Coast Guard’s acquisition programs as well as other offices in the service to help ensure that new or upgraded facilities are ready to accommodate new assets delivered under the service’s broad acquisition portfolio.

The MASI program provides resources to address the facilities needs associated with the acquisition of new or improved assets, such as surface vessels and aircraft. MASI funds facilities construction projects that help prepare field sites to receive, operate, and sustain new assets. MASI’s ongoing activities include homeports for the fast response cutters at San Juan, Puerto Rico; Pascagoula, Mississippi; Ketchikan, Alaska; and Honolulu, Hawaii. MASI funding also has supported hangar modifications and other infrastructure improvements for new aviation assets, such as the HC-144A Ocean Sentry medium range surveillance aircraft.

The MASI program has:

  • Adapted or constructed new hangars to accommodate the HC-144A medium range surveillance aircraft at Coast Guard air stations.
  • Modified ports to support the fast response cutter, which is 40 percent longer than the legacy patrol boats.
  • Dredged channels to accommodate the national security cutters at Alameda, California.
  • Constructed a 34,000-square-foot building to test an off-cycle crew support concept.
  • Planned for the construction of a training building for NSC and FRC hull, mechanical, and electrical systems at Coast Guard Training Center, Yorktown, Virginia.