The Coast Guard awarded a contract option for approximately $141 million to Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, La., on December 15 to begin production on three Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters (FRC).
Having successfully cleared its Critical Design Review last month
and the Department of Homeland Security’s Acquisition Review Board earlier this month, the Sentinel project is now approved to begin low-rate initial production (LRIP) of three of the 154-foot patrol boats.
In September 2008, the Coast Guard awarded Bollinger an $88 million contract for the lead Sentinel. The initial patrol boat, which will be home ported in Miami, is expected to be delivered to the Coast Guard in the third quarter of fiscal year 2011. The Sentinel project leverages the expertise from the Coast Guard’s highly-successful 87-foot Coastal patrol boat acquisition project as well as recent improvements in the Coast Guard’s acquisition processes.
The FRC uses a proven, in-service parent craft design based on the Damen Stan Patrol 4708. It has a required flank speed of 28 knots and must be able to perform independently for a minimum of five days at sea and capable of underway operations for a minimum of 2,500 hours per year. It will use state-of-the-market command, control, communications and computer technology that will be interoperable with the Coast Guard’s existing and future assets, as well as Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense assets. The cutter will also meet American Bureau of Shipping design, build and class standards.
The current Sentinel contract is worth up to $1.5 billion if all options for 34 cutters are exercised. The Coast Guard plans to build 58 Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters. This project is critically needed to close an operational patrol boat hour gap and replace the aging 110-foot Island-class patrol boat fleet. It will be a key component of the Coast Guard’s recapitalized cutter fleet and will be used to execute law enforcement, marine environmental protection, ports, waterways and coastal security, as well as other Coast Guard missions.
To learn more about the Sentinel-class patrol boat, visit the Coast Guard Acquisition Directorate’s website: http://www.uscg.mil/acquisition/sentinel/.