Coast Guard engineers from the Project Resident Office assess the shipbuilder’s progress in constructing a Fast Response Cutter hull at Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport, La. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
Through the Asset Project Office (APO), the Coast Guard plans, manages and executes the delivery and transition of newly acquired Coast Guard assets to operational service in the field. With minimal disruption to operators and maintainers, the APO is the Coast Guard’s middleman between acquiring and sustaining new assets.
The APO, located in the vicinity of the Coast Guard Yard and Surface Forces Logistics Center (SFLC) in Baltimore, Md., provides logistics, systems engineering and integration, business process support and decision-making analysis services. The APO’s technical subject matter expertise helps to prepare product lines for sustainment, providing critical continuity for lifecycle support of new assets.
The APO has established and supports product lines for each of the Coast Guard’s major surface asset categories, similar to those of the Aviation Logistics Center (ALC) at Elizabeth City, N.C. The product line organizational structure helps the APO to work interdependently with the acquisition, logistics and operational communities, bridging the gap between the sometimes disparate processes of acquisition and long-term sustainment.
The APO has: