Coast Guard announces offshore patrol cutter names

An artists rendition of the Coast Guards new Offshore Patrol Cutter due to be delivered in Fiscal Year 2021. The offshore patrol cutter will replace the service’s 270-foot and 210-foot medium endurance cutters.

An artists rendition of the Coast Guards new Offshore Patrol Cutter due to be delivered in Fiscal Year 2021. The offshore patrol cutter will replace the service’s 270-foot and 210-foot medium endurance cutters.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard announced the names of the first 11 offshore patrol cutters:

  • Coast Guard Cutter Argus
  • Coast Guard Cutter Chase
  • Coast Guard Cutter Ingham
  • Coast Guard Cutter Pickering
  • Coast Guard Cutter Rush
  • Coast Guard Cutter Icarus
  • Coast Guard Cutter Active
  • Coast Guard Cutter Diligence
  • Coast Guard Cutter Alert
  • Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant
  • Coast Guard Cutter Reliance

The offshore patrol cutter is the Coast Guard’s highest investment priority. The offshore patrol cutter will bridge capabilities between the national security cutter, which patrols the open ocean, and the fast response cutter, which serves closer to shore. The offshore patrol cutter will replace the service’s 270-foot and 210-foot medium endurance cutters.

“The offshore patrol cutter will be the backbone of Coast Guard offshore presence and the manifestation of our at-sea authorities,” said Adm. Paul Zukunft, commandant of the Coast Guard. “It is essential to stopping smugglers at sea, for interdicting undocumented migrants, rescuing mariners, enforcing fisheries laws, responding to disasters and protecting our ports.”

The first offshore patrol cutter is scheduled for delivery in fiscal year 2021.

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