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.”