The offshore patrol cutter is a next-generation ship that will complement the Coast Guard’s current and future fleet to extend the service’s operational capabilities. It will feature increased range and endurance, more powerful weapons, a larger flight deck, and improved command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment. The OPC will accommodate aircraft and small boat operations in all weather.
The OPC will replace the aging fleet of 210-foot and 270-foot medium endurance cutters, which are becoming increasingly expensive to maintain and operate and are, in many respects, technologically obsolete.
The Coast Guard is using a deliberative, two-phased design-build strategy to acquire the OPC. This approach establishes stable requirements and design early on in the life of the acquisition, which helps mitigate cost and schedule risks. The first phase includes preliminary and contract design, and the second phase will include detail design and construction.