Coast Guard releases tech package for Offshore Patrol Cutter

Written by Nick Blenkey

uscg_opc_340x255The U.S. Coast Guard Acquisition Directorate has released a draft technical package for the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) project.  The package, available on the OPC project website, provides industry an opportunity to offer feedback on newly released OPC requirements and an update on the results of the industry response to draft system specifications released in May 2011.  The Coast Guard requests all industry feedback on the draft technical package be returned by April 30.

The Coast Guard plans to acquire 25 OPCs to replace the aged medium endurance cutter fleet.

This draft technical package release continues the Coast Guard’s acquisition strategy of balancing OPC mission requirements with prudent cost-control measures by actively engaging industry early in the acquisition process.  In addition to providing the draft OPC specification and technical data package for industry comment, the Coast Guard previously engaged potential offerrors during industry day events and one-on-one meetings to identify the best avenues for acquiring a capable and affordable OPC.  The Coast Guard plans to acquire 25 OPCs to replace the Coast Guard’s aged medium endurance cutter fleet

For more information on the Offshore Patrol Cutter, visit the Coast Guard Acquisition Directorate’s website at

March 15, 2012

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