June 4, 2007
USCG posts FRC-B presolicitation
The U.S. Coast Guard has now posted a presolicitation notice for the Fast Response Cutter B Class (FRC-B) vessels it is to build following the much publicized problems with the composite hulled FRC-A design that was to have been built under the troubled Deepwater program.
This is a very significant program for up to 58 vessels.
The solicitation was posted May 31, 2007 on www.fedbizopps.gov, and this link should take you to the appropriate place.
The RFP for the FRC-B is expected to be released via Fedbizopps on or about June 22.
The Coast Guard says it "intends to conduct a full and open competition, with award being made on a best value basis."
The FRC-B design is to be based on an in-service parent craft that has been previously designed, built, and operated as a patrol craft in unrestricted service.
The principle characteristics of the FRC-B are: 120 ft - 160 ft overall length, 10 ft maximum draft, 28 knot minimum flank speed, independent operations for 5 days, crew size of 22, and the ability to safely launch and recover the cutter boat through sea state 4. The RFP includes providing electronic navigation, communications, and surveillance systems. The delivery schedule requires the lead cutter to be delivered 730 days after contract award.