1961: Coast Guard Roles and Mission Study Initiated

  1961 – Coast Guard Roles and Mission Study Initiated Coast Guard EC130V John F. Kennedy had just become President of the United States and had appointed C. Douglas Dillon as Treasury Secretary and a fellow torpedo boat officer, James A. Reed, as Assistant Secretary with Coast Guard responsibilities. Both the President and Mr. Reed […]

1959: First of the HC-130 Aircraft were Obtained

1959 – First of the HC-130 Aircraft were Obtained USCG HC-130B As the C-130 proved successful with the Air Force, other branches of the service began taking a look at the new transport. The United States Coast Guard’s mission of long-range search and rescue and coastal patrols dictated the need for a new airplane and […]

1959: LORAN C Chains Established

1959 – LORAN C Chains Established LORAN (LOng RAnge Navigation) is a terrestrial navigation system using ground-based transmitters. Hyperbolic LORAN lines of position (LOP) are formed by measuring the difference in reception times of synchronized signals. Groups of LORAN stations are used to form intersecting LOP to provide cross fixing. A LORAN net, or chain, […]

1959: HUS-1G Helicopters Obtained

1959 – HUS-1G Helicopters Obtained The H-34 started as a private Sikorsky Aircraft development, which the military ignored. However, it soon became a true workhorse in service with all branches of the U.S. armed forces, in addition to a host of foreign nations, and a variety of civil operators. The H-34 was also the final […]

1958: Air Detachment Naples, Italy Established

1958 – Air Detachment Naples, Italy Established In October of 1957 the USSR launched the first man made satellite. This expedited the requirement for a long range, highly accurate radio-navigation system for use with the satellites and missiles the United States was developing. There were three contenders; Omega, Decca, and Loran C (then called CYTAC). […]

1957: Aircraft Requirements Submitted to Congress

1957 – The Joint Report on the Requirements of the Coast Guard With Regard to Aircraft was Submitted: At the request of Congress the Joint Report on the Requirements of the Coast Guard was submitted to congress and implemented a year later. This document defined Coast Guard aviation’s primary role as search and rescue; specified the […]