Since MEP began in 2005, the project has consistently achieved its goals on time and on budget. The Coast Guard’s 210-foot Medium Endurance Cutters (WMECs) completed MEP in early 2012; the 110-foot Island-class patrol boats completed MEP in July 2012; and 12 of 19 scheduled shipyard availabilities for the 270-foot WMECs have been completed.
The Mission Effectiveness Project (MEP) improves performance of the Coast Guard’s in-service cutters, including the 110-foot Island-class patrol boats and Medium Endurance Cutters (WMECs).
MEP has four objectives:
Sustainment of capabilities.
Replacement of obsolete, unsupportable or maintenance-intensive equipment.
Completion of major maintenance.
Standardization of configuration items.
The MEP process, as carried out by the naval engineers and technicians of the Coast Guard Yard, Curtis Bay, Md.:
Reduces the cost to maintain and operate in-service vessels by lessening the number of casualties experienced by an aging fleet.
Replaces obsolete and increasingly unsupportable systems to improve reliability and reduce future maintenance costs.
Ensures the refurbished cutters can perform assigned missions until new cutters are delivered.
Replaces hull plating, tanks, piping and electrical wiring and renews decks, living quarters and engineering systems.
Replaces hard-to-maintain equipment, such as refrigeration units, air conditioning, evaporators and boat davits to improve operational readiness and quality of life for the crew.
Uses crew rotations via multi-crewing on operational.