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DHS FY 2021 budget fully funds second USCG Polar Security Cutter

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Image courtesy VT Halter Marine

The Department of Homeland Security says that its FY 2021 budget request “sustains the most critical Coast Guard operations and continues the Service’s highest priority recapitalization efforts for cutters, boats, aircraft, systems, and infrastructure.”

The FY 2021 funding request continues efforts on the Polar Security Cutter (PSC) program to meet growing demands in the Polar Regions by fully funding construction of the second Polar Security Cutter (formerly the Heavy Polar Ice Breaker)..

Shipbuilder VT Halter Marine’s contract for the first Polar Security Cutter includes options for two additional ships.

Additionally, the DHS budget request supports construction of the third Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) and Long Lead Time Material (LLTM) for the fourth.

In FY 2021, says DHS, the Coast Guard will accept delivery of more capable, modernized assets. The budget provides the resources to operate and maintain these new assets including operations and maintenance of one National Security Cutter, crew of the first OPC, and two Fast Response Cutters.

The table below shows the dollar amounts of the Vessels category of the DHS budget request for the USCG

(Dollars in thousands) FY 2019  Enacted FY 2020 Enacted FY 2021 Requested
Vessels $1,581,350 $994,000 $1,280,400
Survey and Design – Vessels and Boats $5,500 $2,500 $2,000
In-Service Vessel Sustainment $63,250 $91,400 $82,600
National Security Cutter $72,600 $160,500 $31,000
Offshore Patrol Cutter $400,000 $312,000 $546,000
Fast Response Cutter $340,000 $260,000 $20,000
Cutter Boats $5,000 $15,100 $3,800
Polar Security Cutter $675,000 $135,000 $555,000
Waterways Commerce Cutter $5,000 $2,500 $25,000
Polar Sustainment $15,000 $15,000 $15,000

Source: DHS

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