Herndon, Virginia | The U.S. Coast Guard took delivery this week of its 14th HC-144A Ocean Sentry maritime patrol aircraft from prime contractor EADS North America. The Ocean Sentry is based on the Airbus Military CN235 tactical airlifter, more than 250 of which are currently in operation by 27 countries.
The latest aircraft will join a fleet of Ocean Sentries performing in a range of different roles from Coast Guard Air Stations in Cape Cod, Mass., Mobile, Ala., and Miami. The Coast Guard utilizes the Ocean Sentry’s ten-hour endurance and advanced sensors for missions including search and rescue, drug and migrant interdiction, cargo and personnel transport, intelligence/surveillance/reconnaissance, and disaster relief.
“We’re very proud to support the Coast Guard as it executes an increasingly demanding variety of air and sea-borne missions with a limited number of assets. The Ocean Sentry is essential to the service’s ability to rapidly and affordably project capability where it’s most needed,” said Sean O’Keefe, EADS North America Chairman and CEO.
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