A dredge removes sediment from the channel at the Coast Guard pier in Alameda, Calif., to ensure enough depth to accommodate the NSCs now homeported there. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
A new cutter, boat or aircraft cannot aid frontline operators in executing their missions for long if it does not have a pier to moor it or hangar to house it, as well as adequate infrastructure to support it.
As part of the Acquisition Logistics program, the Major Acquisition Systems Infrastructure (MASI) program closely collaborates with the Coast Guard’s acquisition projects as well as other offices in the service to help ensure that new or upgraded facilities are ready to accommodate new assets delivered under the service’s broad acquisition portfolio.
The MASI program provides resources to address the facilities needs associated with the acquisition of new or improved assets, such as surface vessels and aircraft. MASI funds facilities construction projects that help prepare field sites to receive, operate, and sustain new assets. MASI’s ongoing activities include homeport upgrades for the National Security Cutters at Alameda, Calif., and Charleston, S.C.; homeports for the Fast Response Cutters at San Juan, Puerto Rico, Pascagoula, Miss., Ketchikan, Alaska, and Honolulu, Hawaii. MASI funding also has supported hangar modifications and other infrastructure improvements for new aviation assets, such as the HC-144A Ocean Sentry Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA).
The MASI program has: