The last of 64 planned Webber class Fast Response Cutters have been funded and contracted. The Acquisitions Directorate (CG-9) reports,
Aug. 6, 2021 —
The Coast Guard exercised a contract option Aug. 4 for production of four more Sentinel-class fast response cutters (FRCs) and associated deliverables worth about $212.9 million with Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, Louisiana.
This option brings the total number of FRCs under contract with Bollinger to 64 and the total value of the Phase 2 contract to approximately $1.7 billion. The FRCs built under this option will be delivered between October 2024 and June 2025.
To date, there are 43 FRCs in operational service.
FRCs have a maximum speed of over 28 knots, a range of 2,500 nautical miles and an endurance of five days. The ships are designed for multiple missions, including drug and migrant interdiction; ports, waterways and coastal security; fishery patrols; search and rescue; and national defense. They feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment; over-the-horizon cutter boat deployment to reach vessels of interest; and improved habitability and seakeeping.
For more information: Fast Response Cutter Program page
After this class it would be right to build the cutter X 1500/2000 tons
Maybe one based off Sa’ar 6. Give yet another opportunity for the Navy to embrace a useful hull.
I 100% agree with the Cutter X idea. Cheap enough to build in quantity but with better sea keeping, endurance and aviation support than the FRCs.
Such a ship would be extremely useful.
Why stop after 64? FRC is a proven, capable platform that can help promote the interests of the U.S. and safeguard our shores. I say keep the production line going, although perhaps throttle down the capacity. This platform may also be of interest to our friends and we should promote export.
The original hull is already used in Canada, Mexico, Albania and a few others.
@Andy, They are also Damen designed patrol boats, but a little smaller version. One other nation did choose the larger 47 meter version before the USCG.
A case could be made for the Navy procuring a small number of these.
As far as I know, there is no direct replacement for the Cyclone class.
A Grey-hulled, slightly upgunned version for the Navy could make sense.
Using a Navy variant of the FRC would be a low risk and probably cost effective way to perform the same missions the Cyclones are today.
There are economies of scale to be found with this approach.
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