The Coast Guard awarded a $28.2 million contract to Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., in Lockport, La., on September 11, 2009, to build two 87-foot Protector-class Coastal Patrol Boats for the Yemen Coast Guard. The Office of International Acquisition (CG-922) at the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) received a request from the Navy International Programs Office (IPO) to procure these boats on May 13, 2009. The USCG anticipates the delivery to Yemen in August 2011.
Bollinger celebrated delivery of the final Marine Protector-class Coastal Patrol Boat to the USCG on May 1, 2009, when it delivered the 75th Coastal Patrol Boat, the Sea Fox. However, with this new acquisition project, the Coastal Patrol Boat work will continue.
In addition, the USCG awarded the contract for design and construction of the new Fast Response Cutter Sentinel-class patrol boats to Bollinger in September 2008. This “new” Coastal Patrol Boat project also brings additional resources to the USCG Project Resident Office at Bollinger, making it possible for both programs to leverage efficiencies gained through having additional staff and expertise.
The Coastal Patrol Boats will assist the Yemen Coast Guard in addressing an anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden that is strategically important to U.S. interests. The program also directly supports USCG equities in the Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower, and it supports CENTCOM’s theater security objectives.
This procurement is the latest in a series of projects, which further strengthen the longstanding relationship between the USCG and the Yemen Coast Guard. Since 2003, the USCG has delivered eight 44-foot Motor Life Boats, twelve 25-foot Defender Response Boats, and four 42-foot Fast Response Boats (SPC-NLB) to the Yemen Coast Guard. The USCG has also provided 26 mobile training team visits and 54 resident training slots in USCG schools to the Yemen Coast Guard.
The project is part of the broader Coast Guard foreign military sales (FMS) program, which has delivered 211 vessels to 37 countries over the past 12 years and which will add over $100 million in new sales this year. The vessels range in size from 25-foot response boats to 210-foot medium-endurance cutters, including two previous 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boats to Malta and the pending sale of four Ocean Sentry maritime patrol aircraft to Mexico under the Merida Initiative. The FMS program is an effective tool for building international partner capacity, while reducing risk to U.S. Coast Guard acquisition programs by creating economically efficient order quantities and stabilizing production. The FMS program also follows a “Total Package Approach,” meaning that spare parts, special tools, training, and shipping services are provided to the Yemen Coast Guard, as well.