The Dassault HU-25 Guardian of the US Coast Guard (Image © USCG)

Final US Coast Guard Guardian jet retired

The Dassault HU-25 Guardian of the US Coast Guard (Image © USCG)
The Dassault HU-25 Guardian of the US Coast Guard (Image © USCG)

The US Coast Guard retired its last operational Dassault Falcon 20, designated HU-25 Guardian, on 23 September at Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi in Texas.

The HU-25 has been in service with the Coast Guard since 1982 and was used in search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, pollution response, and logistics missions. Together with only two (V)C-37As (Gulfstream Vs) the HU-25s made up the entire jet aircraft fleet for the USCG, with 41 HU-25 bought into the inventory. Now only the two VIP jets remain.

The Guardian’s mission will be taken over by the HC-144 Ocean Sentry, a maritime patrol version of the Airbus Military (CASA / EADS) CN235 propeller aircraft. Seventeen of the 18 aircraft ordered are already in service and fly (almost) daily from the US Coast Guard air stations. It is being supplemented by 14 C-27Js, that the USCG will “missionize” after receiving these from the US Air Force inventory.

Source: US Coast Guard

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