MilitaryAeroSpace is reporting that the Navy has issued a $16.4M contract for two 57mm Mk110 gun systems to equip an NSC and an OPC. There are no surprises here, but there is the most exact figure I have seen for the displacement of the Offshore Patrol Cutter, 3,730 tons. Presumably that is a full load displacement.
We knew the OPC was going to be bigger than the WMECs they replace, and I have published estimates as high as 4,000 tons. But how large is this, compared to our existing ships?
- More than 3.5 times as large as a 210.
- About 2.1 times as large as a 270.
- 27% larger than the Alex Haley.
- 22% larger than the WHEC 378s.
These are going to be very substantial ships.