A Project of the Coast Guard Aviation Association

2007 – Arctic Awareness – The Coast Guard Prepares

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2007 – Arctic Awareness – The Coast Guard Prepares Satellite measurements of Arctic sea ice extent reveal a rapid decline over the past 30 years, particularly at the end of each year’s annual melt season. As the Arctic warms, the volume of ice in the region gradually declines; making it less likely ice will survive more than one year … Read more

2007 – Coast Guard Acquires HC-144A Maritime Patrol Aircraft

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2007 – Coast Guard Acquires HC-144A Maritime Patrol Aircraft The Coast Guard selected the HC-144A “Ocean Sentry” to serve as its new medium range multi-purpose surveillance aircraft.  In early 2007 the first three were delivered to the Coast Guard Aviation Repair & Supply Center (AR&SC) at Elizabeth City, North Carolina to undergo installation and testing … Read more

2006 – Coast Guard Assumes National Capital Rotary Wing Air Intercept Mission

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2006 – Coast Guard Assumes National Capital Rotary Wing Air Intercept Mission The U.S. Coast Guard officially assumed responsibility for rotary wing air intercept operations in the nation’s Capitol Air Defense Zone from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency on 25 September 2006. Coast Guard HH-65C helicopters and crews operate out of the Ronald … Read more

2005 – Hurricane Katrina

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2005 – Hurricane Katrina Hurricane Katrina, one of the largest natural disasters in our nation’s history, was chosen for inclusion in the Coast Guard Aviation History Timeline because it illustrates both the capabilities of the United States Coast Guard and its operational principles that promote leadership, accountability, and delegation of authority to qualified personnel at the … Read more

2005 – Coast Guard Acquires the C-143A Medium Range Command and Control Aircraft

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2005 – Coast Guard Acquires the C-143A Medium Range Command and Control Aircraft The C-143A is a Challenger CL-604 aircraft, which was acquired by the Coast Guard in December 2005 as its new Medium Range Command and Control Aircraft (MRC2A). It provides support exclusively for the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and the … Read more

2003 – Coast Guard Units Deploy During the Iraq War

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2003 – Coast Guard Units Deploy During the Iraq War n late 2002, at the request of the Department of Defense, the Coast Guard began preparations for mission specific duties in support of military operations in and around Iraq. The Coast Guard sent two 378 foot WHEC cutters with aviation detachments, a sea-going buoy tender, … Read more

2002 – The Coast Guard Aviation Transformation Plan

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2002 – The Coast Guard Aviation Transformation Plan In August of 2002, during the ceremony making the contract award for the Integrated Deepwater System, (IDS), Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thomas H. Collins described the critical need to upgrade and modernize the service’s force of cutters, aerial platforms, and support systems. He stressed that the Coast … Read more