The U.S. Coast Guard has exercised an $89 million contract option with Northrop Grumman Ship Building (NGSB) to procure Long Lead Time Materials (LLTM) for the construction of the fifth National Security Cutter (NSC). The funds will be used to purchase components and materials to support construction of the new cutter, including steel plating, propulsion systems, marine turbine/diesel engines, ship integrated control system, switchboards and generators. The option was included in the production contract for the fourth NSC, awarded to NGSB in November 2010.
“Our high endurance cutter fleet is in dire need of recapitalization. With this latest award, we are one step closer to delivering a fleet of highly capable, technologically advanced cutters that can effectively execute numerous long-range and homeland security missions vital to our nation’s well-being,” said Rear Admiral Ronald J. Rábago, the Coast Guard’s Assistant Commandant for Acquisition and Chief Acquisition Officer.
The Coast Guard plans to acquire eight NSCs. The first two, USCGC Bertholf and USCGC Waesche, are fully operational and executing Coast Guard missions on the west coast. Both are homeported at Coast Guard Island in Alameda, Calif. The third, Stratton, is under construction at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding and more than two-thirds complete, with delivery expected in the latter half of 2011. The fourth NSC will also be built at the Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding facility in Pascagoula, Miss., and is expected to be delivered in the third quarter of FY2014.
More information on the National Security Cutter can be found online at: http://www.uscg.mil/acquisition/nsc/default.asp.