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Acquisition Update: Offshore Patrol Cutter Acquisition Strategy

Jan. 29, 2010

The U.S. Coast Guard is exploring using a ship design strategy for the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) that would competitively award up to three preliminary design contracts.  The Coast Guard Acquisition Directorate would then select a single design and award a construction contract for the lead OPC, with options for additional OPCs.  This strategy of awarding up to three design contracts followed by a construction contract is subject to refinement and/or revision.

The OPC is considered an U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Level I investment and will comply with all Coast Guard and DHS Level I investment acquisitions policies and processes.  The Coast Guard will leverage DHS acquisition expertise in determining the final OPC acquisition strategy, which will be approved by the DHS Acquisition Decision Authority.

The Coast Guard is establishing a multi-disciplinary Ship Management Design Team (SMDT) within the OPC project office comprised of Coast Guard technical authorities that will leverage our expertise in naval engineering, logistics, information technology and human system engineering to oversee the design effort of this cutter.   

The OPC is a significant acquisition program to recapitalize an aging fleet of medium endurance cutters.  The OPC will be the largest acquisitions project ever undertaken by the Coast Guard in terms of the dollar amount and number of cutters.  The Acquisition Directorate is focused on successfully delivering these critically needed cutters to the operational fleet.    

The Coast Guard will continue its policy of communicating with industry through future industry forums and via the Federal Business Opportunities Web site, and via the Acquisition Directorate Web site,  Any questions regarding this notice may be submitted via email to Mr. Carl McGill at  Potential offerors are encouraged to visit these Web sites for future updates. 

For more information: Offshore Patrol Cutter project page


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