Coast Guard Aircraft Repair & Supply Center Receives Deepwater Excellence Award

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C.–Rear Adm. Ronald Rabago, prospective program executive officer for the Integrated Deepwater Program (IDS), presented the Deepwater Excellence Award to the H-65 Product Line at the Coast Guard Aircraft Repair and Supply Center in Elizabeth City, N.C., today.

The H-65 Product Line staff was cited for superior performance while conducting the Turbomeca Ariel 2C2CG Re-engine Project from June 2004 to May 2007. During this time, the H-65 Product Line exhibited exceptional oversight, skill and professionalism while converting 84 H-65B (Bravo model) helicopters to H-65Cs (Charlie model).

“The H-65 Product Line’s dedicated workforce adeptly handled all aspects of the $350M re-engine project, providing flawless leadership, keen program management oversight, and direction to a highly skilled workforce to accomplish this enormous goal,” said Capt. Richard T. Gromlich, commanding officer of the Aircraft Repair and Supply Center.

Despite significant logistical challenges ranging from acquiring necessary technical and fiscal documentation, obtaining conversion kit parts on time to meet the aggressive timeline, and operational spares availability, the H-65 Product Line, through strong partnerships with the Coast Guard Headquarters staff, successfully met the congressionally mandated timeline for 84 converted H-65C aircraft by June 2007, over one month ahead of schedule.

More importantly, the product line staff demonstrated superior logistical expertise receiving, maintaining accountability for, and issuing conversion kits consisting of over 1.5 million items. Their accomplishment is particularly noteworthy since this project incorporated conversions that complimented ARSC’s organic Programmed Depot Maintenance line, training and management of an on-site contactor modification line, and technical and logistical support to an off-site commercial modification line. All three locations required specific attention to detail to maintain this surge production effort.

This project has provided the Coast Guard with a fleet of more reliable, safer and more operationally effective aircraft, directly measurable by a recent safe, single engine landing to a cutter, and a dramatic high altitude, high temperature life-saving hoist. Each of these events would have been impossible with the Bravo model and validate the reasons for this re-engine effort.

As of March 28, the Coast Guard uses the Charlie model nationwide, installed as part of the Deepwater modernization program. For more information on the H-65C re-engining program, visit the Deepwater website.

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