The U.S. Coast Guard today awarded an option on to an existing contract with Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. to procure Long Lead Time Materials (LLTM) for the construction of the seventh National Security Cutter (NSC). The total value of the option is $76.8 million. 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.
This is the first phase of a planned two-phase award for LLTM for NSC 7. This award includes the majority of long lead time materials, such as main propulsion and navigation systems, generators, electrical switchboards, major castings, and other items. The Coast Guard plans to procure the remainder of LLTM for NSC 7 in fiscal year 2014.
Three of eight planned NSCs have been delivered to the Coast Guard. These cutters, USCGC Bertholf, USCGC Waesche, and USCGC Stratton are currently engaged in Coast Guard operations. Three additional NSCs are currently under contract. The fourth NSC is in production. The keel was recently laid for NSC 5, ceremoniously marking the start of construction of the cutter, and the production contract for NSC 6 was awarded in April. NSCs are built at Ingalls Shipyards in Pascagoula, Miss.
More information on the National Security Cutter can be found online at: http://www.uscg.mil/acquisition/nsc/default.asp.