I took a quick look at the DOD 2022 budget justification overview. There was only a single paragraph that discussed a mission that the Coast Guard would be expected to do. From page 3-10:
Divest Coastal Riverine Squadron Craft
The Navy divests of 12 MK VI Patrol Boats from Coastal Riverine Squadrons. The Navy reallocated the associated end strength savings to higher priority Navy programs. The final deployment for the affected Coastal Riverine companies is scheduled to be complete by approximately the end of 2021. The MK VI requirement originated from a November 2007 Commander, U.S. Fifth Fleet Urgent Operational Needs Statement for a visit, board, search, and seizure overwatch platform in the littorals and the mission set was expanded to 2nd, 3rd and 7th Fleets and added maritime force protection, Theater Security Cooperation, Expeditionary MCM support, and intelligence collection tasks. Following divestment, these missions will be accomplished using other Navy platforms to include leveraging U.S. Coast Guard to escort High Value Units (HVU) (e.g., CVN, SSN, SSGN) in Fleet concentration areas. (Emphasis applied–Chuck)
Well now we know what’s to happen with those patrol boats. The Mk VI were after all “Super Swifts”. The Coast Guardsmen are good at brown and green water ops. So that part will be good for them.
Want to bet the USCG will be tasked later to protect sealift and other ships in landings like the Mk VI were originally intended to do?
I’d rather see the Coast Guard get the Mk VI than any LCS.
Why did the Navy Give up this mission ? Thoughts 1. As Stated 2. This is a no win job. Huge targets big loss. Navy switches blame away from them. Switching to a much less prepared fighting vessel . Just my thoughts Nmacleod.USCG/SW
On Wed, Dec 22, 2021 at 13:17 Chuck Hill’s CG Blog wrote:
> Chuck Hill posted: ” I took a quick look at the DOD 2022 budget > justification overview. There was only a single paragraph that discussed a > mission that the Coast Guard would be expected to do. From page 3-10: > Divest Coastal Riverine Squadron Craft The Navy dives” >