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The U.S. Coast Guard uses a variety of platforms to conduct its daily business. Cutters and small boats are used on the water and fixed and rotary wing (helicopters) aircraft are used in the air.

A "Cutter" is basically any CG vessel 65 feet in length or greater, having adequate accommodations for crew to live on board. Larger cutters (over 180 feet in length) are under control of Area Commands (Atlantic Area or Pacific Area). Cutters at or under 180 feet in length come under control of District Commands. Cutters, usually have a motor surf boat and/or a rigid hull inflatable boat on board. Polar Class icebreakers also carry an Arctic Survey Boat (ASB) and Landing Craft.

(Approximately 1400 - number fluctuates). All vessels under 65 feet in length are classified as boats and usually operate near shore and on inland waterways. Craft include: Motor Lifeboats; Motor Surf Boats; Large Utility Boats; Surf Rescue Boats; Port Security Boats; Aids to Navigation Boats; and a variety of smaller, non-standard boats including Rigid Inflatable Boats. Sizes range from 64 feet in length down to 12 feet.

There are a total of 211 aircraft in CG inventory. This figure fluctuates operationally due to maintenance schedules. Major Missions: Search/Rescue, Law Enforcement, Environmental Response, Ice Operations, and Air Interdiction. Fixed-wing aircraft (C-130 Hercules turboprops and HU-25 Falcon jets) operate from large and small Air Stations. Rotary wing aircraft (HH-65 Dolphin and HH-60 Jayhawk helicopters) operate from flight-deck equipped Cutters, Air Stations and Air Facilities.

WARNING! Do not approach within 100 yards of any U.S. naval vessel. If you need to pass within 100 yards of a U.S. naval vessel in order to ensure a safe passage in accordance with the Navigation Rules, you must contact the U.S. naval vessel or the Coast Guard escort vessel on VHF-FM channel 16.100. You must operate at minimum speed within 500 yards of any U.S. naval vesseland proceed as directed by the Commanding Officer or the officialpatrol.Violations of the Naval Vessel Protection Zone are a felony offense, punishable by up to 6 years in prisonand/or up to $250,000 in fines


U.S. Coast Guard took final acceptance of the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, the first of the Legend class National Security Cutter fleet

Cutter, Boat, and Aircraft
420' Icebreaker (WAGB)
399' Polar Class Icebreaker (WAGB)
378' High Endurance Cutter (WHEC)
290' Inland Icebreaker (WAGB)
295' Training Barque Eagle (WIX)
282' Medium Endurance Cutter (WMEC)
270' Medium Endurance Cutter (WMEC)
230' Medium Endurance Cutter (WMEC)
225' Seagoing Buoy Tender (WLB)
213' Medium Endurance Cutter(WMEC)
210' Medium Endurance Cutter (WMEC)
180' Seagoing Buoy Tender (WLB) 
175' Coastal Buoy Tender (WLM)  
179' Patrol Coastal (WPC) 
160' Inland Construction Tender (WLIC)
140' Icebreaking Tug (WTGB)
123' Patrol Boat (WPB)
110' Patrol Boat (WPB)  
100' Inland Buoy Tender (WLI)
100' Inland Construction Tender (WLIC)
87' Coastal Patrol Boat (WPB)  
75' River Buoy Tender (WLR)
75' Inland Construction Tender (WLIC)
65' River Buoy Tender (WLR)
65' Inland Buoy Tender (WLI)
65' Small Harbor Tug (WYTL) 

47' Motor Life Boat (MLB)
44' Motor Life Boat (MLB)
41' Utility Boat (UTB)
38' Deployable Pursuit Boat (DPB)
21'-64' Aids to Navigation Boats
25' Transportable Port Security Boat (TPSB)
Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHI)

HC-130 Hercules
HU-25 Guardian
HH-60 Jayhawk
HH-65 Dolphin
MH-68A Stingray


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