The Coast Guard is one of our nation’s oldest and most distinguished organizations. Yet many Americans are unaware of the essential services it has provided throughout history, and continues to provide today. For example, the Coast Guard currently performs fourteen federally mandated missions in the deepwater environment, including Maritime Security, Maritime Safety, National Defense, Maritime Mobility and Protection of Natural Resources.
The Coast Guard executes this wide range of missions with assets that are aging and technologically obsolete.
The solution to this is the Integrated Deepwater System Program, or the Deepwater Program. The Deepwater Program is an acquisition project to replace the ships, aircraft, C4I and logistics systems necessary for the U.S. Coast Guard to fulfill its missions. The Deepwater Program utilizes an innovative Mission-Based Performance Acquisition approach, and has teamed with the leaders in industry to provide maximum operational effectiveness at the lowest total ownership cost.