New Long Range Interceptor

NCS Hamilton Christening
U.S. Coast Guard photo

The Acquisition Directorate’s Blog is reporting that the Coast Guard is ordering four Long Range Interceptors. These are 11 meter boats specifically for operation from the stern ramp of Bertholf Class National Security Cutters. This is a second generation boat replacing the Coast Guard’s first effort.

“The LRI-II is 35 feet long with a range of over 220 nautical miles and capable of achieving speeds in excess of 38 knots. The stern-launched LRI-II’s high speed and extended range significantly enhances its host cutter’s ability to execute missions while underway, particularly in migrant interdiction and law enforcement operations where teams need to be put on scene quickly. Its ability to extend the reach of its host cutter is also critical to search and rescue operations, enabling NSC cutter crews to patrol larger search areas. The LRI-II can carry up to 15 passengers, including crew, and safely operate in seas up to 13 feet.”

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  2. Coast Guard Orders Long-Range Interceptor Boat
    April 23, 2018
    The Coast Guard placed a delivery order for one long range interceptor-II (LRI-II) and standard delivery items including training and trailer, worth approximately $1.1 million, with MetalCraft Marine US Incorporated of Cape Vincent, New York, April 10. The LRI-II will be delivered to Pascagoula, Mississippi, in February 2019. It will be deployed on the eighth national security cutter, Midgett, which will be delivered in the second quarter of fiscal year 2019.
    The 35-foot LRI-II can reach a top speed of 40 knots and aid in search and rescue; law enforcement; ports, waterways and coastal security; and defense readiness missions.
    This brings the total of LRI-IIs ordered to 10; 7 LRI-IIs have been delivered.

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