The Mission Effectiveness Project (MEP) is the most cost-effective way to provide equipment upgrades and structural repairs that maintain the core mission effectiveness of selected in-service vessels.
MEP is integral to sustaining the service’s aging surface assets until new ships are delivered. The 110-foot Island-class patrol boats are approaching 20 years of continuous service and experiencing critical hull, mechanical, and electrical issues. The first 210-foot Reliance-class cutters entered service in the mid 1960s and reached its projected end of service life in 2010. The 270-foot Famous-class cutters are now over 20 years old and have seen little sub-system modernization since their construction. Replacing obsolete and increasingly unsupportable systems will improve reliability and reduce future maintenance costs until the Fast Response Cutters and Offshore Patrol Cutters are brought into service.
All MEP worked is performed by the Coast Guard at the Coast Guard Yard, Curtis Bay, Md. The projects account for approximately 70 percent of the Yard’s workload. Each cutter leaves the yard with new equipment, improved logistical support systems and refurbished hull (for the Island-class).