WASHINGTON – In a consolidated contractual action, the Coast Guard today awarded Integrated Coast Guard Systems $337 million for construction of the third national security cutter, along with $255 million for continuation of construction for the first two national security cutters. The combined award is the result of a successful negotiation between the government and industry, enabling these crucial new cutter projects to move forward.
“The contract award for the third national security cutter is a significant milestone for the Coast Guard,” said Rear Adm. Gary T. Blore, assistant commandant for acquisition. “This agreement ensures that the Coast Guard will be prepared for our demanding, post-9/11 operational requirements. We are very pleased that the negotiating teams from the Coast Guard and our industry suppliers were able to derive best value for the American taxpayer, to bring these vital platforms to the fleet.”
The national security cutter is a crucial element of the Coast Guard’s recapitalization and is urgently needed to meet growing mission needs. The largest cutters in the Coast Guard’s current fleet, the 378-foot high endurance cutters, are 35 years old and are approaching the end of their service lives. The new cutters will offer the Coast Guard’s operating force a safer and more effective platform from which to carry out its missions. The 418-foot national security cutter is uniquely suited for conducting the full range of maritime safety, security and natural resource stewardship missions in the world’s toughest environments for extended periods of time.
The third national security cutter incorporates cost-saving efficiencies and improvements in processes derived during the ongoing construction of the first two national security cutters. Additionally, the cutter will include design enhancements to ensure it meets a 30-year fatigue life and all operational requirements.
The national security cutter project is a component of the Integrated Deepwater System, a 25-year, $24 billion effort that will modernize and recapitalize more than 91 cutters; 195 aircraft; computer and communication equipment; and integrated logistics support capabilities.