The U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG) HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft have collectively flown 100,000 flight hours in its eight years of service, the service said in a statement.
A ceremony was held today at Airbus Defense and Space, Mobile Alabama, to celebrate the achievement with personnel from the Coast Guard, and Airbus Defense and Space. Also in attendance was Sandy Stimpson, Mayor of Mobile, and Jerry Carl, Mobile County Commissioner.
EADS HC-144 Ocean Sentry is a medium-range, twin-engined aircraft used by the USCG in the search-and-rescue (SAR) and maritime patrol missions. It is based on CN-235-300 MP Persuader, the maritime patrol version of the CN-235 military transport aircraft and is supplied by Airbus Group, Inc formerly EADS North America.
The aircraft was procured as a “Medium Range Surveillance Aircraft” as part of the Coast Guard’s Integrated Deepwater System Program.
The HC-144A fleet has been involved in 3,500 search and rescue (SAR) missions saving 620 lives and supported 8,400 law enforcement missions including 890 drug interdiction missions. The fleet played an important role in response to recent hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
The current fleet of Ocean Sentry aircraft operates out of Coast Guard Air Stations in Cape Cod, Mass.; Mobile, Ala.; Corpus Christi, Texas; and Miami. By the year 2022, the fleet is expected to reach 200,000 flight hours.