Today the Coast Guard released a draft “request for proposal” (RFP) for the construction of the Offshore Patrol Cutters.
They also indicate they expect to meet with industry the week of July 9, request feedback by July 16, and that they will issue the RFP in September.
There is an awful lot of material here to absorb, but one thing I did notice immediately was the apparent intention to make all the OPC ice strengthened. “The discussion of operating environments was expanded to include Arctic climates. An ability to operate in areas of broken plate, pancake, and sea ice ranging from 10 to 30 inches thick was added. However, the summary states that the WMSM will not conduct ice breaking as a mission (page iii).”
There will be more I’m sure.