Coast Guard Air
Station Miami Bids Farewell To Jet Age
By Steve Hall
June 3, 2011 - Coast Guard 2128, an Air Station Miami
HU-25 Falcon jet, departs Air Station Miami, on
Wednesday. The HU-25 Falcon jet departed for its final
mission from Air Station Miami and is being replaced by
the HC-144 Ocean Sentry.
Coast Guard personnel celebrated the HU-25 Falcon jet's
29 years of service as two departed on its final Coast
Guard mission to Cape Cod, Mass., and Elizabeth City,
N.C., from Air Station Miami, Wednesday.
During its 29-year tenure, Air Station Miami HU-25
Falcon jets accrued more than 150,000 flight hours,
prosecuted 4,000 search and rescue cases, 5,000 law
enforcement cases, which resulted in 3,000 lives saved
or assisted, the interdiction of 20,000 undocumented
migrants and the seizure of 30,000 pounds of illegal
The EADS CASA HC-144 Ocean Sentry is a medium ranged, twin-engine aircraft used by the United States Coast Guard in the search-and-rescue and maritime patrol missions. Also known as the Medium Range Surveillance Aircraft, the HC-144 is manufactured by EADS CASA (now Airbus Military), and is based on the company's CN-235 transport.
to replace the Dassault HU-25 Guardian jet, the HC-144A Ocean
Sentry is part of the Coast Guard's Integrated Deepwater System
Program of recapitalization and new-asset acquisition. Based on
the CN-235-300 MP Persuader, the maritime patrol version of the
CN-235 military transport, the HC-144 offers a longer endurance
than the HU-25 it is replacing in U.S. Coast Guard service, as
well as better performance in the low-level observation role.
HC-144A utilizes the Mission System Pallet concept for its
electronic systems. This comprises a roll-on, roll-off
electronics suite, manufactured by Lockheed Martin, that
connects to the aircraft's systems upon installation. The
HC-144A's equipment is similar to that installed on the Coast
Guard's HC-130 aircraft, reducing maintenance and training
Delivery of the first HC-144 aircraft to the U.S. Coast Guard took place in December 2006. Initial Operational Capability (IOC) was achieved in April 2009; eleven Ocean Sentry aircraft are currently operational with the Coast Guard. A total of thirty-six aircraft are anticipated to be acquired by the end of procurement, with twelve Mission System Pallets being swapped between the operational aircraft.
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