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Coast Guard Cutter Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress [December 14, 2015]   [open pdf - 1MB]

"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 NSC, OPC, and FRC programs have a combined estimated acquisition cost of about $21.1 billion, and the Coast Guard's proposed FY2016 budget requests a total of $449.9 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 five are now in service, and the sixth, seventh, and eighth are under construction and scheduled for delivery in 2016, 2018, and 2019, respectively. 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. […] The NSC, OPC, and FRC programs pose several oversight issues for Congress. Congress's decisions on these programs could substantially affect Coast Guard capabilities and funding requirements, and the U.S. shipbuilding industrial base."

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CRS Report for Congress, R42567
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2015-12-14
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