The Coast Guard yesterday exercised a $27.2 million contract option with Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, La., for the Reprocurement and Data License Package (RDLP) for the Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter (FRC). This option award brings the total current contract value to $628 million. The current contract includes production of twelve FRCs.
The RDLP will provide the Coast Guard with all of the required design data, drawings, materials list, and technical and testing information necessary to compete the follow-on FRC production contract as part of a planned second production phase. The RDLP will reflect the FRC design maturity as of Feb. 23, 2012, including modifications made to the original design prior to the Feb. 10, 2012 delivery of the lead hull, Bernard C. Webber. The second production phase contract for the FRC class is scheduled to be awarded in fiscal year 2015 and will include options to complete the fleet of 58 planned cutters.
The current FRC contract contains options for up to 34 cutters and is worth up to $1.5 billion if all options are exercised. Bernard C. Webber will be commissioned into service in Miami, where the first six FRCs will be homeported, on April 14, 2012. The second, third and fourth FRCs are scheduled for delivery in 2012.
Each FRC will be named for an enlisted Coast Guard hero who distinguished him or herself in the line of duty. The namesake of the Bernard C. Webber was a motor lifeboat coxswain from Station Chatham, Massachusetts. Webber and his crew of three rescued 33 of 34 crew members from the stricken tanker Pendleton during a horrific storm off the coast of Massachusetts on Feb. 18, 1952. Webber and his crew were awarded the Coast Guard’s Gold Lifesaving Medal for their efforts.
For more information: Fast Response Cutter project page