United States Coast Guard to Decommission Loran-C Program
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has just published its intention to decommission the Loran-C program and shutdown transmitting stations by October 1, 2010 (http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-84.htm). They have concluded that "continued public investment to in the USCG Loran-C program is not in the national best interest".
The USCG currently operates 18 stations in the contiguous United States as well as six stations in Alaska. The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) participates in the Loran-C program by operating five transmitting stations and one control and monitoring station. The transmitting stations are located in Williams Lake and Port Hardy, British Columbia. The three other transmitting stations are located in Trepassey, Comfort Cove, and Fox Harbour, Newfoundland. The single control and monitoring station is located in St. Anthony, Newfoundland.
We don't yet to know who or even how many of our members will be affected by this decision. But the union will be working closely with the CCG to minimize the impact on affected members. This includes developing a human resources and communications plan to keep affected members informed.
Our next step is to meet with the CCG and ensure we have all the information currently available. More information will follow in due course.