“Ready Work Force 2030” –MyCG

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JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (July 10, 2018) U.S. Coast Guardsmen assigned to Regional Dive Locker Pacific conduct diving operations during a decontaminated water diving symposium at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, July 10, 2018. Twenty-five nations, 46 ships, five submarines, about 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 27 to Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships among participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security of the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Arthurgwain L. Marquez/Released)

The following was lifted from MyCG. The document is linked in the announcement but I am adding my own link here if you want to go directly.

I always get a bit nervous when the word “transformation” is used, but I am sure everyone would agree that the personnel management system could be improved. One thing that always bothered me, was that the evaluation system for officers always seemed to require that every officer be “well rounded.” Sure that is nice, but you really only have to be really good at one thing to be useful, and a lot of talented people were lost because they were not well rounded. The word “evaluation” is used only once in the document and fitness reports not at all. But even so, the document suggests we should see much greater flexibility–Check out page eleven. 


May 16, 2022

Coast Guard announces RW30 – our workforce transformation plan

By Kara Noto, MyCG Staff

The Coast Guard has released a strategy for revolutionizing how we build, develop and manage our tremendously talented force in the coming decades. Ready Workforce 2030 (RW30) challenges the service to be inspiring, agile, adaptive and efficient as we strive to maintain our competitive edge in an increasingly dynamic labor market.

“Change must be revolutionary, pervasive and transformative,” Adm. Karl L. Schultz writes in the new strategy.

The strategy calls for more career flexibility, training and learning options. The primary lines of effort are:

  • Transform how we recruit, hire, and retain our workforce
  • Modernize training systems and delivery
  • Provide world-class member support

“Conditions of service that I accepted 41 years ago when I entered the Coast Guard Academy are no longer acceptable to our workforce,” said Vice Commandant Linda Fagan. “We must take decisive action to think differently and redefine our assumptions to transform our talent management system so there is more flexibility built in to make it easier for those who want to serve.”

Adm. Fagan, Vice Adm. Paul Thomas and Command Master Chief Jahmal Pereira joined Adm. Schultz this week to share the plan with leaders from the enlisted, officer, and civilian workforce programs.

They made clear that the Coast Guard can change as quickly as service culture will permit. “This is going to take cultural change,” Fagan said. “It’s going to create some discomfort. But RW30 will help us create the workforce we need.”

Fagan emphasized that our core values will remain our greatest strength. “The sense of belonging, the team, the camaraderie – that’s what we offer as an employer.”

Potential RW30 initiatives include:

  • Assignment or billet-banding management processes to increase career growth and flexibility.
  • Programs to promote and reward talent development
  • A “no-penalty opt-out” for consideration by a promotion board for members in the process of changing specialties or addressing acute work-life issues
  • Non-monetary, incentives-based reenlistment alternatives similar to those available in the private sector.

“We’re building and revising policies for OUR Coast Guard,” Fagan said. “We’re all invested.”

As RW30 planning gets underway, MyCG will share regular updates along with opportunities for you to help shape the transformation.

All Hands Briefer (AHB)

Got this as an email, am passing it along. Thought some might be interested in signing up. Others might just be pleased to see the effort being made to keep the troops informed. 

I don’t expect to post these on a regular basis. 

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Ladies and Gentlemen,

Below, please find the key announcements and updates from this week. As part of our continual efforts to inform, support, and inspire our workforce, commands are encouraged to share this information with all hands. To receive the All Hands Briefer (AHB) directly, please follow the directions provided below the Calendar section.

NEWS 

SUPPORT 

 INSPIRATION 

CALENDAR
A CAC might be required to access some links. To add a solicitation or event, please e-mail MyCG@uscg.mil
18 MAY: Nominations due for National Defense Transportation Association Award
19 MAY: Change of Watch ceremony for MCPOCG and MCPO-CGR
20 MAY: Nominations due for John J. Jaskot Governmental Affairs Officer of the Year Award
26-31 MAY: CG Gaming Esports Competition
31 MAY: Deadline for the Ideas@Work Challenge on prioritizing Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear readiness.
01 JUN: U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Change of Command
01 JUN: Nominations for CAPT Edward R. Williams Coast Guard Award for Excellence in Diversity
03 JUN: Nominations due for Rescue at Sea 2022 Awards
03-05 JUN: Tom’s Run
15 JUN: Nominations due for Excellence in Safety Award
28 JUN: Nominations due for 2022 Latina Style Distinguished Military Service Award
25-29 JUL: 50th Annual National Naval Officers Association Leadership, Development, and Training Symposium
07-11 AUG: CPOA and CGEA National Conventions
15 AUG: Nominations due for Maritime Security and Response Operations Excellence awards 

Upcoming Officer Personnel Management Virtual Outreach Sessions
For details, please see ALCGOFF 007/22 
25 MAY: Afloat Assignments
08 JUN: Intel/DCMS and Cyberspace Assignments
22 JUN: Aviation Assignments
20 JUL: Chief Warrant Officer Assignments 

Very Respectfully,
Coast Guard Office of Public Affairs (CG-0922)
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue Southeast, Stop 7103
Washington, D.C., 20593-7103

“US Coast Guard Seeks Information to Purchase Commercial Icebreaker”

Icebreaking Anchor Handling Vessel Aiviq

Maritime Executive reports,

The U.S. Coast Guard released a formal request for information seeking to identify U.S.-built commercial icebreakers that might be available for purchase. With promises of funding from the Biden Administration and the U.S. Congress, the Department of Homeland Security published on May 3, the request for information as the first step in the possible purchase of a vessel to bridge the gap until the newly built polar security cutters, which are behind schedule, are commissioned and available for service late this decade.

We knew there would be such an attempt to find an available icebreaker, but look at the specs.

“…USCG is now seeking to identify commercial vessels that are available for purchase in 2023 or 2024. To meet the request the vessels must not only have been built in a U.S. shipyard but must have PC3 or higher classification and the capability of breaking at least three feet of ice ahead at a continuous speed of three knots. Further, it must have at least 15 years of original design service life remaining and be capable of operations for a minimum of 60 days without resupply. Other specifications include a maximum draft of 29 feet and a landing area of Coast Guard helicopters.”

There cannot be many, there may be only one, there may be none.

If we do find such a vessel, it will probably take some work to bring it up to Coast Guard standards for communications and helicopter operations.

If nothing else, it might fill the perceived need for a second Great Lakes Icebreaker.

Thanks to Paul for bring this to my attention. 

More on Surface Launch Application of APKWS

The Drive/The Warzone has a post “What Will Fire The Laser-Guided Rockets Donated To Ukraine Is Still A Mystery,” discussing how Advance Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) laser guided rockets might be used by Ukrainian Armed Forces. Apparently the US is providing $22.6M worth of the systems.

We have discussed possible Coast Guard use of this weapons system several times, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

The weapon is ideal for engaging small, fast, highly maneuverable surface targets, but its warhead is large enough that several hits could seriously damage larger targets. It has also been tested successfully against Unmanned Air Systems. There seems to be some indication APKWS might be mounted alongside the gun on the Mk38 mounts.

The post includes several videos including the one above that shows at least a couple of mounts including a simple ring mount and a remote weapon station. These demonstrate how small the footprint of this weapon can be.

Perhaps more importantly, it reports current and planned production figures for this weapon, that clearly show it to be common, proven, and widely available.

“… the U.S. military has a lot of 70mm rockets and buys thousands more every year. The Army alone plans to buy 60,000 unguided rockets in fiscal 2023 alone. BAE Systems, which builds the APKWS II seeker kit, is tooled to build 25,000 of them per year and is expanding production, according to its website. It has already delivered 37,000 units in six years of production.”

Hyundai to build 6 Philippine Navy OPVs

The Philippine News Agency has announced that Hyundai has been selected to build six Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Philippine Navy. There isn’t much detail about how they are to be equipped. The list below are just options. A length of 81 meters works out to 266 feet.

This does mean Turkey will not be building OPVs for the Philippines. The acquisition process does seem to have been a bit convoluted. Initially Austal in the Philippines was expected to build this class.

 

“Obangame Express 2022 Promotes Cooperation To Fight Sea Crime” –ADF Magazine

Members of the U.S. Navy share critical care techniques with the Senegalese Navy during Obangame Express 2022. U.S. NAVY

I got a reminder that the Obangame Exercise 2022 had concluded (Brazil sent an OPV), so I went looking for some information about possible Coast Guard participation. I found none, although I feel sure at least some special teams were involved.

This report from AFRICOM’s African Defense Forum does include an interesting note,

One important element of the exercise is practicing the use of SeaVision, a maritime domain awareness tool that helps professionals in the operations center track vessels at sea. Created in 2012 by the U.S., this tool is used by about 25 African countries to monitor their waters.

Is this system system something the Coast Guard uses? Is it used by our friends in Latin America? SE Asia? Sounds interesting.

“A Base in Minnesota Is the New Home of Coast Guard Cold Weather Training” –Military.com

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan McManus, a student in the Cold Water Ice Diving (CWID) course, treads water on Ferrell Lake, located on Camp Ripley, Feb. 3, 2022. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jessica Fontenette)

Military.com has a story about the Coast Guard’s “Cold Water Ice Diving” (CWID) training program, which is also used by DOD divers, that may be of interest.

Thanks to Paul for bringing this to my attention. 

“Watch Ukrainian TB2 Striking Two Russian Raptor Assault Boats” –Naval News

Naval News brings us a report of the destruction of two small Russian patrol boats by small guided weapons launched from an unmanned aircraft.

This should not come as a surprise to anyone. The Ukrainians have been attacking Russian vehicles with guided weapons, launched from UAS since the invasion began. Hitting a boat, is, if anything, easier than hitting a particular moving vehicle on a landscape cluttered with other vehicles, buildings, trees, and various heat sources.

But perhaps for those who have not been paying attention this may be a wakeup call. I happy to be able to say it looks like the Coast Guard has recognized this as a threat to our boats in PATFORSWA.

But maybe we need to look beyond the threat of nation states. Like other effective, but relatively cheap weapons, UAVs, and particularly suicide drones, are likely end up in the hands of non-state actors, including criminal and terrorist organizations.

Turkish Built OPVs

After a long history of importing warships, about three decades ago, Turkey began to develop their indigenous defense industry, first with European assistance but now increasingly they handle all phases from design to fitting out. They are currently building corvettes and frigates and an LHD with assistance from Spain’s Navantia. They plan to build destroyers in the near future.

Turkey has begun exporting defense products. Their armed drones have become famous in the conflict in Ukraine. They are exporting corvettes to Pakistan.

Naval News reports Turkey has begun a program to build ten offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the Turkish Navy (video above). While the illustrations show a heavily armed vessel, the actual armament is not reported and these ships will reportedly be fitted for but not with some of these systems. Key data:

  • Overall length: 99,56 meters (327 feet).
  • Beam: 14,42 meters (47.3 feet).
  • Draft: 3,77 meters (12.4 feet).
  • Maximum speed: 24 knots.
  • Displacement: 2300 tons.

Naval News reports that Turkey is expected to build six 283 foot, 2,000 ton Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Philippines. (video above)

The Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) 76 / From the official website of Dearsan Shipyard

In November 2021, Overt Defense reported, this contract with Nigeria.

According to a statement released by the Nigerian Navy on November 3, a contract was struck with the Turkish Dearsan Shipyard for the purchase of two OPV 76 Class Offshore Patrol Vessels to meet the Nigerian Navy’s needs…The Offshore Patrol Ship 76 has a length of 76.80m (252′–Chuck), a width of 11m and a draft of 2.9m. The OPV is equipped with a 76mm Leonardo Super Rapid Gun, a 40mm Leonardo Light Marine Gun, two 12.7mm Stabilized Automatic Machine Guns, two 12.7mm Manual Operation Machine Guns, and two SAM SIMBAD RC short-range, anti-air self defence systems, and has a top speed of 28 knots and a range of 3,000 nautical miles.