July 29, 2005
USCG researches escort boat acquisition
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has posted a sources solicitation synopsis as part of market research in support of the potential acquisition of escort vessels and wants to hear from interested boat builders.
The solicitation number is HSCG23-05-R-Vessel-Escorts and the contact is Ms. Jennie Peterson, Contracting Officer, Phone 202-475-3215, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The function of the contemplated vessels is to support armed escorts, boarding operations, and intercepts of suspect vessels. Missions will be conducted up to 75 NM offshore in all weather conditions and seas up to 12 feet in height. The proposed vessel must be capable of operating approximately 2,700 hours per year broken down as 10% at maximum speed, 80% at cruising speed, 10% at idle, and is expected to be in service for 25 years. In order to conduct these missions the vessels must be highly maneuverable and have excellent seakeeping.
In addition to primary missions, the vessel must able to conduct other traditional USCG missions such as recovering persons from the water, conducting helicopter transfers, and providing first responder medical assistance including working with a Stoke's litter in the interior of the vessel.
Preliminary requirements for this class of vessels include:
Additional requirements being considered included ballistic protection for windows and cabin structure to protect the crew from small arms fire (7.62 mm fired at 50 ft) and a mast/appendages that can be easily retracted for reduced bridge clearance.