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Ships Stores

The Coast Guard Exchange (CGX) Satellite Exchange allows units to provide eligible patrons products through the operation of a non-appropriated fund resale activity where a full-scale store is not possible. CGX Satellite Exchange activities are currently established onboard multiple classes of cutters, which include sea going buoy tenders, ice breakers, medium and high endurance cutters, and Homeland Security cutters. Shore locations, such as the one located at Marine Safety Unit Valdez, AK are established and operated only at installations where no exchange exists, where assigned personnel strength is relatively small, and where the distances from an established Coast Guard Exchange would make direct operation of an exchange impractical. The satellites are operated by the local command using inventory and working capital provided by CGX through a “parent exchange” that also provides primary merchandise and oversight support.

The USCG Satellite Exchange program consists of 45 afloat activities, 1 shore-side satellite activity and over $400K in CGX capital investment. The combined quarterly sales for CGX Satellite Exchanges is over $75K.

The CGX Satellite Exchanges typically sell beverages, snacks, CG logo apparel and gifts, personal hygiene items, and uniform items.

As ships are away from homeport upwards of 220 days a year and larger ships may be out at sea for weeks at a time before they dock to replenish, having these types of items for sale in the satellite stores has been extremely beneficial to the crews.

Currently CGX is in the planning stages of establishing 2 additional afloat satellite stores and 3 additional shore-side satellites.

The Ship’s Store Satellite Exchange program is managed by CWO Thomas Ettinger at CSC Headquarters in Chesapeake, VA.

Photo: USCG Cutter Bertholf

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