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10,000 TEU
12,000 TEU
15,000 TEU

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

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:

  • Aluminum construction
  • Length overall not to exceed 65 ft
  • Draft not to exceed 4 feet 6 inches
  • Environmentally controlled cabin with secure shock absorbing seating for four crew and a 10 person boarding party
  • Habitability to include berthing for two crew, permanent head, and minimal galley facilities
  • Diesel propulsion with waterjet propulsors
  • Top speed of at least 35 knots
  • 300 nautical mile range at a speed 30 knots w/ 10% reserve
  • A prominent fendering system to protect the vessel during boarding and shouldering operations
  • Ability to support a forward mounted remote control weapons system weighting up to 1,000 pounds
  • Aft mounts for the installation of light machine guns
  • Complete complement of navigational electronics
  • Complete complement of short and long range communication electronics including VHF, UHF, HF and SATCOM and a headset crew communications system
  • Electrical power including 12 / 24 VDC and 120 VAC with shore power connection and isolation transformer
  • Lighting to include searchlights, task lighting, day-night interior lighting, and navigation lights
  • Ability to support an installed infra-red camera system with a 30 pound pan/tilt remote head
  • Substantial fittings for towing aft, towing alongside and mooring
  • Stable in all operational conditions, one compartment damaged stability
  • Hull construction to a recognized standard such as ABS or Det Norske Veritas
  • Systems installation in accordance with ABYC standard
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    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.


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