“Coast Guard exercises contract option for FRCs 61-64” –CG-9

The last of 64 planned Webber class Fast Response Cutters have been funded and contracted. The Acquisitions Directorate (CG-9) reports

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

8 thoughts on ““Coast Guard exercises contract option for FRCs 61-64” –CG-9

    • 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.

  1. 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.

      • @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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