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?
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.