"The Coast Guard's program of record (POR) calls for procuring eight National Security Cutters (NSCs), 25 Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPCs), and 58 Fast Response Cutters (FRCs) as replacements for 90 aging Coast Guard cutters and patrol craft. The NSC, OPC, and FRC programs have a combined estimated acquisition cost of about $16.8 billion, and the Coast Guard's proposed FY2013 budget requests a total of $852 million in acquisition funding for the three programs. NSCs are the Coast Guard's largest and most capable general-purpose cutters. They have an estimated average procurement cost of about $684 million per ship. The first three are now in service, and the fourth and fifth are under construction. The Coast Guard's proposed FY2013 budget requests $683 million for the NSC program, including $658 million to complete the funding for the sixth NSC. OPCs are to be smaller, less expensive, and in some respects less capable than NSCs. They have an estimated average procurement cost of about $324 million per ship. The first OPC is to be procured in FY2017. The Coast Guard's proposed FY2013 budget requests $30 million for the OPC program."
CRS Report for Congress, R42567