COAST GUARD ASSETS AND EQUIPMENT
We are proud of our fleet of aircraft, boats and cutters. They are among the best, most versatile and powerful in the world. In these pages, you'll see the equipment we use daily to protect lives and our country. This is the equipment you'll serve on if you are ready to be in the United States Coast Guard.
We use our 211 aircraft to make our missions fast and efficient. These aircraft are used for major missions such as Search/Rescue, Law Enforcement, Environmental Response, Ice Operations and Air Interdiction. Our fixed-wing aircraft, includes the HC-130 Hercules and HC-144 Ocean Sentrty. They can operate from both large and small Air Stations. Rotary-wing aircraft, such as the HH-65 Dolphin and HH-60 Jayhawk helicopters, operate from flight-deck equipped cutters, air stations and air facilities.
|HC-130 Hercules||HH-65 Dolphin|
| ||HC-144 Ocean Sentry||HH-60 Jayhawk|
We operate approximately 1,400 boats. All vessels under 65 feet in length are classified as boats, and they usually operate near the shore and inland waterways. These crafts include: Motor Life Boats, Motor Surf Boats, Large Utility Boats, Port Security Boats, Aids to Navigation Boats, and a variety of smaller, non-standard boats including Rigid-Hull Inflatable Boats. All our boats are built to withstand the most severe conditions at sea. For instance, the 47-foot Motor Life Boats are self-bailing, self-righting, and are almost unsinkable, making them more than ready to execute a sea rescue under the worst of circumstances.
|21'- 64' Aids to Navigation Boats||41' Utility Boats|
|25' Defender Class Boats||47' Motor Life Boat|
|Transportable Port Security Boats|
Any vessel of ours that is 65 feet in length or longer and that has adequate living accommodations for a crew is known as a cutter. Larger cutters that are over 179 feet in length are under control of Area Commands (Atlantic Area or Pacific Area). Any cutters that are 175 feet or less are under the control of District Commands. Our cutters usually are equipped with a motor surfboat and/or a Rigid-Hull Inflatable Boat on board. Polar Class Icebreakers also carry an Arctic Survey Boat (ASB) and a Landing Craft.
|65' River Buoy Tender||175' Coastal Buoy Tender|
|65' Inland Buoy Tender||179' Coastal Patrol Cutter|
|65' Small Harbor Tug||210' Medium Endurance Cutter|
|75' River Buoy Tender||213' Medium Endurance Cutter|
|75' Inland Construction Tender||225' Seagoing Buoy Tender|
|87' Coastal Patrol Boat||240' Seagoing Buoy Tender/Ice Breaker|
|100' Inland Buoy Tender||270' Medium Endurance Cutter|
|100' Inland Construction Tender||282' Medium Endurance Cutter|
|110' Patrol Boat||295' Training Barque Eagle|
|140' Icebreaking Tug||378' High Endurance Cutter|
|160' Inland Construction Tender||399' Polar Class Icebreaker|
|418' National Security Cutter||420' Icebreaker|