1991 – Desert Storm – Coast Guard Aviation Participation

1991 – Desert Storm – Coast Guard Aviation Participation Iraq intentionally released some 11 million barrels of oil into the Persian Gulf contaminating more than 800 miles of Kuwaiti and Saudi Arabian coastline. The amount of oil released was 20 times larger than the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska and twice as large as the […]

1990 – CDR Bruce Melnick – First Coast Guard Astronaut

1990 – CDR Bruce Melnick – First Coast Guard Astronaut Selected by NASA in June 1987, Commander Melnick became an astronaut in August 1988 and qualified for assignment as a mission specialist on Space Shuttle flight crews. Melnick flew on STS-41 in 1990, and STS-49 in 1992. He logged over 300 hours of space flight. […]

1990 – CASA 212-300 Light Transport Aircraft Obtained

1990 – CASA 212-300 Light Transport Aircraft Obtained CASA 212-300 The Coast Guard leased a CASA 212-300 as a utility aircraft to provide lower cost logistic support for the drug and alien interdiction programs that were conducted in the Caribbean area. The primary mission of the 212 was to transport personnel and equipment to remote […]

1990 – HH-60J Jayhawk Helicopter Enters Service

1990 – HH-60J Jayhawk Helicopter Enters Service HH-60J The HH-60J Jayhawk is a medium-range recovery helicopter built by Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. It is used to perform search and rescue, law enforcement, military readiness, and marine environmental protection missions. Implementation of the HH-60J began in March of 1990 with the delivery of the first airframe to […]

1986 – RG-8A Condor: Covert Surveillance Aircraft Enter Coast Guard Service

1986 – RG-8A Condor Covert Surveillance Aircraft Enter Coast Guard Service The RG-8A was developed by the U.S. Air Force under a “black” procurement program in 1986. It was a derivative of the Schweitzer motor-glider and was engineered and used to perform covert surveillance missions. Mission versatility was designed into the aircraft. The Coast Guard […]

1987 – Coast Guard Aviation Established an Air Interdiction Role in the Drug War

1987 – Coast Guard Aviation Established an Air Interdiction Role in the Drug War Coast Guard E2C AWAC In the first years of the 1980s Cocaine was not on the DEA radar and the Carter administration saw no health hazard associated with it. The Bahamas were a trans-shipment point for both marijuana and cocaine. It […]

1985 – HH-65A Dolphins Enter Service

1985 – HH-65A Dolphins Enter Service The United States Coast Guard added 96 Short Range Recovery (SRR) HH-65A helicopters to its fleet to replace the HH-52A Sikorsky Sea Guard. The twin-engine Dolphins operate up to 150 miles off shore and will fly comfortably at 120 knots for three hours. Though normally stationed ashore, the Dolphins […]

1984 – Operation Hat Trick –The Coast Guard Takes the Offensive in the Drug War

1984 – Operation Hat Trick –The Coast Guard Takes the Offensive in the Drug War HH-52A Operation HAT TRICK was a series of offensive operations. The first offensive strike was a DEA special operation which located the cocaine-processing facilities in Columbia. Mexico had gotten back in marijuana production and Mexican Federal Police and DEA agents […]

1984 – U. S. Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer Program Established

1984 – U. S. Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer Program Established At approximately 0400 on Saturday, 12 February 1983 the M/V Marine Electric sent a distress call. The vessel was taking on water and sinking off the Virginia coast in 20– 40 foot seas with winds in excess of 60 knots. The Rescue Coordination Center Portsmouth […]

1982 – OPBAT – Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos; a Cooperative Drug Interdiction Operation Initiated

1982 – OPBAT – Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos; a Cooperative Drug Interdiction Operation Initiated The Bahamas, a sparsely settled group of islands extending from a point seventy miles off the east coast of Florida to just northwest of Haiti, gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1973. Carlos Lehder, one of the kingpins of […]