NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Coast Guard will begin getting the Air Force’s C-27J Spartan medium-sized military transport aircraft this summer.
In December, President Barack Obama signed off on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2014, which called for the sea service to get 14 C-27Js.
During a floor presentation April 9 at the Sea-Air-Space Exposition, Lt. Bryon Mace, operations expense funds manager in the Coast Guard’s Office of Aeronautical Engineering, said he expects to get one or two of the aircraft during the summer.
A final schedule on when all will be transferred to the service has not been determined. The Coast Guard, in turn, will send seven HC-130H extended-range, search and rescue aircraft back to the Air Force for modification and eventual transfer to the U.S. Forest Service.
Once the Coast Guard accepts the C-27Js, they will go into the Asset Project Office, where they will be evaluated to determine what capabilities need to be added and what missions they can perform.
Mace said the service may have some of the aircraft begin basic logistics missions around 2016.
The Coast Guard was vying with the Forest Service for the aircraft, and Mace said his office was surprised, in a good way, at not only getting 14 of the aircraft, but also how quickly the decision came. “In terms of government contracting, this is light speed,” Mace said.
The Air Force decided it didn’t need the aircraft anymore after facing budget realities in fiscal 2013, and started sending to them to storage that same year.
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