I routinely receive “Two-and-a-Half Minute” presentations from various Coast Guard programs at our weekly All-Flags briefing. I thought readers of the USNI Blog would find this week’s topic particularly interesting. 

The Cooperative Maritime Strategy states:

…maritime forces will be employed to build confidence and trust among nations through collective security efforts that focus on common threats and mutual interests in an open, multi-polar world. To do so will require an unprecedented level of integration among our maritime forces and enhanced cooperation with the other instruments of national power, as well as the capabilities of our international partners. Seapower will be a unifying force for building a better tomorrow.

One way we are doing this in the Coast Guard, working closely with the DOD and DOS, is through our Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. Through FMS we:

  • Build partner capacity
  • Gain access and influence
  • Improver interoperability and standardization

Value of Coast Guard Foreign Military SalesThis is the Cooperative Maritime Strategy in action! 


The FMS program is currently running 32 procurement projects valued at $96.8 million. This is nearly a three-fold increase in dollar value since 2006! Since its establishment in 1997, the program has delivered 201 vessels with another 88 pending.

The maps below show the strategic reach and impact of this effort, and these are not all inclusive. Other nations receiving FMS vessels include several Caribbean Island nations(9 vessels), Central America(13), Bangladesh (21), Pakistan(5), Philippines(3), and Sri Lanka (1). The sales and deliveries are closely coordinated with our international training program and delivered as a “Total Package.” This includes, spare parts, documentation (pubs and manuals), as well as training.

Foreign Military Sales to South AmericaCoast Guard Foreign Military Sales to Africa, Europe and the Middle Eastern nations

The FMS program marries international engagement with good stewardship. By increasing the customer base of a specific platform we reduce the risk of our acquisition by achieving economic order quantities and stabilizing production rates. This particularly valuable as we progress with our recapitalization program. We are currently assisting Mexico in procuring the new CASA Maritime Patrol Aircraft and there is strong interest from several nations in South America, Africa and Asia to purchase our new Response Boat – Small, Response Boat- Medium and patrol boat platforms.

Just one more small but significant way the Coast Guard is working to do its part…

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  • Benjamin Walthrop

    This is a great story, and I cannot help but wonder if the maintenance and shore side infrastructure of these Maritime Partners is being developed as well. This seems to be an area of engagement that at a casual glance is rife with opportunity. Coupling operational platforms and training with a robust repair and sustainment effort (training our maintenance and modernization systems to these Maritime Partners) seems to me to be a path toward long term cooperation and teaming. These opportunities should be encouraged and developed by the USCG, NECC, USN Regional Maintenance Centers, et. al.


    B. Walthrop

  • Admiral, despite the three-fold increase since 2006, does the Coast Guard still receive more FMS requests than it can handle? Thank you!

  • Tod Reinert


    While I wouldn’t say we receive more requests than we can handle, on occasion, we do receive more requests than we are able to fill because of asset availability. Generally speaking if the request is for a new asset via procurement, there would not be an availability issue fulfilling that request. However, if the request is for specific in-service assets (i.e., as Excess Defense Articles) that are not yet excess to USCG requirements, then we would not be able to satisfy that request until the asset is decommissioned and made available (by our property office) for foreign transfer.

    T. Reinert
    Chief, Office of International Acquisition

  • Thanks Tod for the prompt and helpful response to my query!

  • Byron

    Which proves the flags ARE listening. Good deal. Hopefully we won’t put them to sleep 😉

  • Does the training bring them here to train, or do we go there to train them in their own environment?

  • Tod Reinert


    Great question…actually either one, and in many cases both, based on the customer’s requirements. Let me explain: For the excess vessels, the statute requires the transfer to occur “as is, where is” unless the recipient country pays for refurbishment or transportation. That means that 99% of these deliveries occur in CONUS. Because the recipient must sail the ship back, the initial training is conducted in CONUS, before departure. For new procurement, initial training has been done both here and “in-country” based on the recipient’s request. In any case, the initial training is always done before the boats are turned over for unrestricted operation. With either the EDA or new procurement, follow-on or refresher training may be part of the project, or added later under a separate request. In most cases, the follow-on training is done in the recipient’s country.

  • Tod,

    Are the 378’s slated to become FMS candidates or will they be too old by the time they are decommissioned?

  • Tod Reinert


    Yes, I’m projecting that many of the 378s will be EDA candidates. However, the decision to make a ship available for foreign transfer is “case-by-case.” The first of these ships could become available in mid-2011.

  • Hi,

    Is there a list of recipient countries and the boats they have received?

  • Chap

    Funnily enough, JPME II hasn’t mentioned the Coast Guard in relation to FMS/FMF/IMET/etc.

    I’m going to NIPO and DSCA soon in relation to my next job. How can I as a USN officer help you in the USCG get what you want done, since I’ll be in theater?

  • CITRO (Citizens Rescue Organization of the Netherlands Antilles) is interested in the FMS program for a Rescue Vessel of appr. 41ft. Are there possibilities?
    Adriaan van der Hoeven, CITRO President

  • Приятно была удивлена, что кроме меня присутствуют еще дамы.