Coast Guard’s newest aircraft arrives at ATC Mobile

Mobile, Ala. – The first of three Coast Guard HC-144A Ocean Sentries arrived at Aviation Training Center Mobile this past Friday to continue developmental and operational testing. The remaining two HC-144A Ocean Sentries will arrive at ATC Mobile today and Tuesday.

The HC-144A, named the “Ocean Sentry,” is an EADS CASA CN-235 Maritime Patrol Aircraft. It is a multi-role, medium-range transport and surveillance aircraft. The HC-144A Ocean Sentry has the ability to deliver search and rescue equipment far offshore, act as an on-scene commander platform, or transport cargo on quick-loading pallets. The aircraft is equipped with the latest sensors that will allow it to locate and track waterborne targets with its sophisticated radar and powerful infrared camera.

ATC Mobile mechanics, engineers and pilots will fly and test the HC-144A Ocean Sentry to develop Coast Guard-wide standard operating procedures. The HC-144A Ocean Sentry will eventually replace the Coast Guard’s aging fleet of HU-25 Guardian Falcon jets.

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