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Coast Guard Cutter Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress [June 23, 2015]   [open pdf - 933KB]

"The Coast Guard's program of record (POR) calls for procuring 8 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 […] 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 four are now in service, the fifth was delivered on June 5, 2015, and is scheduled to be commissioned into service in August 2015, the sixth and seventh are under construction, and the eighth was funded in FY2015. The Coast Guard's proposed FY2016 budget requests $638 million for the NSC program, including $91.4 million in acquisition funding for the NSC program. OPCs are to be smaller, less expensive, and in some respects less capable than NSCs. They have an estimated average procurement cost of about $484 million per ship. The first OPC is to be procured in FY2018. The Coast Guard's proposed FY2016 budget requests $18.5 million in acquisition funding for the OPC program. FRCs are considerably smaller and less expensive than OPCs. They have an estimated average procurement cost of about $73 million per boat. A total of 32 have been funded through FY2015. The 13th was commissioned into service on June 20, 2015. The Coast Guard's proposed FY2016 budget requests $340 million in acquisition funding for the FRC program."

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CRS Report for Congress, R42567
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2015-06-23
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