The U.S. Coast Guard has awarded a $179.7 million contract option to Bollinger Shipyards for the production of four more Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters (FRCs). This option award brings the total number of FRCs under contract with Bollinger to twelve, with a current contract value of $597 million. The current FRC contract contains options for up to 34 cutters and is worth up to $1.5 billion if all options are exercised. The FRCs acquired under this contract option are scheduled to be delivered to the Coast Guard by the shipbuilder in 2014 and homeported in Key West, Fla.
In September 2008, the Coast Guard awarded Bollinger an $88 million production contract for the lead FRC. That ship, named the Bernard C. Webber, was launched on April 21 and will undergo sea trials prior to its anticipated delivery later this year. The second FRC, Richard Etheridge, was successfully launched August 18, and production is underway on FRCs numbers 3-8. Webber will be homeported in Miami, Fla., and will primarily perform missions to save lives, enforce U.S. and international maritime law and ensure security in the Coast Guard’s 7th District off the Southeastern coast of the U.S. and in the Caribbean Sea.
FOLLOW-ON AWARD FOR BOLLINGER
“The Bollinger organization is very pleased that the U. S. Coast Guard has awarded four additional Fast Response Cutters (FRC) to our on-going contract. This follow-on award will result in an extension of our backlog for several years, and provide jobs for over 500 Bollinger employees. This award reflects the Coast Guard’s continued confidence in the quality products delivered by the Bollinger team, including our workforce and team of suppliers and contractors.”
Production is underway on Fast Response Cutters, Hulls three to eight, at Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport, LA. The FRC Bernard C. Webber, the first in the class, was launched on April 21 of this year and the second, the Richard Etheridge, was launched on August 18.
The Sentinel-class will eventually replace the Coast Guard’s venerable Island-class 110-foot patrol boat. 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 will be armed with one stabilized, remotely-operated 25mm chain gun and four crew-served .50 caliber machine guns. Other requirements include the ability 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 Coast Guard plans to acquire up to 58 FRCs.
All Fast Response Cutters delivered as part of the Sentinel-class will be named after enlisted Coast Guard heroes. FRCs nine through twelve will be named the Kathleen Moore, Joseph Napier, William Trump and Isaac Mayo, respectively
September 23, 2011