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The U. S. Coast Guard's first national security cutter, the Bertholf, operating in concert an HC-144 maritime patrol aircraft and an MH-65 helicopter. The flagship in the Coast Guard's first new class of large cutters in 25 years, Bertholf is the Coast Guard's largest ever patrol cutter. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by PAC Tom Sperduto)
The U. S. Coast Guard's first national security cutter, the Bertholf, operating in concert an HC-144 maritime patrol aircraft and an MH-65 helicopter. The flagship in the Coast Guard's first new class of large cutters in 25 years, Bertholf is the Coast Guard's largest ever patrol cutter. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by PAC ...More
The Barque Eagle is the only active commissioned sailing vessel in American military service. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist David Lau)
The Barque Eagle is the only active commissioned sailing vessel in American military service. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist David Lau)
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Pamlico and crew repair the center entrance range of the Mississippi River at Southwest Pass. Pamlico, a 160-foot inland construction tender, homeported in New Orleans, is manned by 16 crewmembers, who construct fixed aids to navigation from Baton Rouge to the Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River and its surrounding waterways. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer H. V. Caskey)
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Pamlico and crew repair the center entrance range of the Mississippi River at Southwest Pass. Pamlico, a 160-foot inland construction tender, homeported in New Orleans, is manned by 16 crewmembers, who construct fixed aids to navigation from Baton Rouge to the Southwest Pass of the Mississip ...More
An HC-144A Medium Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft flies past the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Dave Silva)
An HC-144A Medium Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft flies past the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Dave Silva)
USCG Motor Lifeboat 47213 conducting surf operations near the treacherous Columbia River Bar, Washington.  The 47-foot Motor Life Boat is primarily designed as a fast-response rescue vessel for high-seas, surf, and heavy weather environments. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jamie Thielen)
USCG Motor Lifeboat 47213 conducting surf operations near the treacherous Columbia River Bar, Washington. The 47-foot Motor Life Boat is primarily designed as a fast-response rescue vessel for high-seas, surf, and heavy weather environments. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jamie Thielen)
A 45-foot Response Boat - Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Boston is on patrol in Boston Harbor. The station's crew routinely trains in and patrols Boston Harbor. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)
A 45-foot Response Boat - Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Boston is on patrol in Boston Harbor. The station's crew routinely trains in and patrols Boston Harbor. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)
A Coast Guard aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, from Air Station Port Angeles, Washington, performs a search and rescue demonstration on the Seattle waterfront during the Seafair Fleet Week. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Zac Crawford)
A Coast Guard aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, from Air Station Port Angeles, Washington, performs a search and rescue demonstration on the Seattle waterfront during the Seafair Fleet Week. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Zac Crawford)
Crew members aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Elderberry, a 100-foot inland buoy tender homeported in Petersburg, Alaska, prepare buoys to be set in the channel which runs through Mendenhall Bar. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Walter Shinn)
Crew members aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Elderberry, a 100-foot inland buoy tender homeported in Petersburg, Alaska, prepare buoys to be set in the channel which runs through Mendenhall Bar. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Walter Shinn)
The 154-foot long Coast Guard Cutter Richard Dixon demonstrates it's speed off the coast of Florida. The Sentinel-class fast response cutter is the new Coast Guard patrol boat designed for missions including drug and migrant interdiction; ports, waterways and coastal security; fishery patrols; search and rescue; and national defense. Coast Guard Cutter Richard Dixon is homeported in Puerto Rico and has a beam of 25 feet and a maximum sustained speed of more than 28 knots. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Barney)
The 154-foot long Coast Guard Cutter Richard Dixon demonstrates it's speed off the coast of Florida. The Sentinel-class fast response cutter is the new Coast Guard patrol boat designed for missions including drug and migrant interdiction; ports, waterways and coastal security; fishery patrols; search and rescue; and na ...More
A 33-foot Special Purpose Craft maneuvers during pursuit training. Boat crews train frequently to maintain proficiency in law enforcement tactics and procedures. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Henry G. Dunphy)
A 33-foot Special Purpose Craft maneuvers during pursuit training. Boat crews train frequently to maintain proficiency in law enforcement tactics and procedures. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Henry G. Dunphy)
The Coast Guard Cutter Healy patrols the Arctic Ocean during a Coast Guard Research and Development Center joint civil and federal search and rescue exercise near Oliktok Point, Alaska. The Healy is a 420-foot polar icebreaker homeported in Seattle. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Grant DeVuyst)
The Coast Guard Cutter Healy patrols the Arctic Ocean during a Coast Guard Research and Development Center joint civil and federal search and rescue exercise near Oliktok Point, Alaska. The Healy is a 420-foot polar icebreaker homeported in Seattle. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Grant DeVuyst)
A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk touches down onto the Coast Guard Cutter Healy’s flight deck during touch-and-go training southwest of Kodiak Island. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kelly Parker)
A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk touches down onto the Coast Guard Cutter Healy’s flight deck during touch-and-go training southwest of Kodiak Island. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kelly Parker)
The U. S. Coast Guard's first national security cutter, the Bertholf, operating in concert an HC-144 maritime patrol aircraft and an MH-65 helicopter. The flagship in the Coast Guard's first new class of large cutters in 25 years, Bertholf is the Coast Guard's largest ever patrol cutter. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by PAC Tom Sperduto)
The Barque Eagle is the only active commissioned sailing vessel in American military service. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist David Lau)
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Pamlico and crew repair the center entrance range of the Mississippi River at Southwest Pass. Pamlico, a 160-foot inland construction tender, homeported in New Orleans, is manned by 16 crewmembers, who construct fixed aids to navigation from Baton Rouge to the Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River and its surrounding waterways. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer H. V. Caskey)
An HC-144A Medium Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft flies past the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Dave Silva)
USCG Motor Lifeboat 47213 conducting surf operations near the treacherous Columbia River Bar, Washington.  The 47-foot Motor Life Boat is primarily designed as a fast-response rescue vessel for high-seas, surf, and heavy weather environments. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jamie Thielen)
A 45-foot Response Boat - Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Boston is on patrol in Boston Harbor. The station's crew routinely trains in and patrols Boston Harbor. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)
A Coast Guard aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, from Air Station Port Angeles, Washington, performs a search and rescue demonstration on the Seattle waterfront during the Seafair Fleet Week. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Zac Crawford)
Crew members aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Elderberry, a 100-foot inland buoy tender homeported in Petersburg, Alaska, prepare buoys to be set in the channel which runs through Mendenhall Bar. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Walter Shinn)
The 154-foot long Coast Guard Cutter Richard Dixon demonstrates it's speed off the coast of Florida. The Sentinel-class fast response cutter is the new Coast Guard patrol boat designed for missions including drug and migrant interdiction; ports, waterways and coastal security; fishery patrols; search and rescue; and national defense. Coast Guard Cutter Richard Dixon is homeported in Puerto Rico and has a beam of 25 feet and a maximum sustained speed of more than 28 knots. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Barney)
A 33-foot Special Purpose Craft maneuvers during pursuit training. Boat crews train frequently to maintain proficiency in law enforcement tactics and procedures. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Henry G. Dunphy)
The Coast Guard Cutter Healy patrols the Arctic Ocean during a Coast Guard Research and Development Center joint civil and federal search and rescue exercise near Oliktok Point, Alaska. The Healy is a 420-foot polar icebreaker homeported in Seattle. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Grant DeVuyst)
A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk touches down onto the Coast Guard Cutter Healy’s flight deck during touch-and-go training southwest of Kodiak Island. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kelly Parker)

Operational Assets

 U.S. Coast Guard Cutters - 243 Total1
 TYPE QUANTITY      TYPE QUANTITY
Icebreakers - Polar2 / Great Lakes 3/1   Buoy Tenders - Seagoing / Coastal 16/14
National Security Cutters 5 Buoy Tenders - Inland, River 22
High Endurance Cutters 5 Construction Tenders 13
Fast Response 17 Icebreaking Tugs 9
Medium Endurance Cutters 28 Harbor Tugs 11
Patrol 98 Training Cutter 1
 1: Any U.S. Coast Guard vessel 65-feet or larger in length
 
2: 1 of 3 inactive

 U.S. Coast Guard Aircraft - 201 Total
 TYPE QUANTITY      TYPE QUANTITY
MH-65D (Helicopter) 102    HC-144 (Airplane) 18 
MH-60T (Helicopter) 44 HC-27J (Airplane) 8
HC-130H (Airplane) 18 C-37A (Airplane) 2
HC-130J (Airplane) 9


 U.S. Coast Guard Boats3 - 1,650 Total
 TYPE QUANTITY      TYPE QUANTITY
Response Boat Small 372   Aids to Navigation Boats 152
Response Boat Medium 174 Cutter Boats 421
Motor Life Boats 117 All other boat types 414
 3: Any U.S. Coast Guard vessel less than 65-feet in length

Additional Readings


 The Cutters, Boats, and Aircraft of the U.S. Coast Guard,
from Coast Guard Outlook, ed. 2015-2016