Coast Guard Cutter Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress [October 13, 2016] [open pdf - 1MB]
"The Coast Guard's acquisition 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 Coast Guard's proposed FY2017 budget requests a total of $467 million in acquisition funding for the NSC, OPC, and FRC programs. NSCs are the Coast Guard's largest and most capable general-purpose cutters. They have an estimated average procurement cost of about $695 million per ship. [...] OPCs are to be smaller, less expensive, and in some respects less capable than NSCs. They have an estimated average procurement cost of about $421 million per ship. [...] FRCs are considerably smaller and less expensive than OPCs. They have an estimated average procurement cost of about $65 million per boat. [...] Congress's decisions on these programs could substantially affect Coast Guard capabilities and funding requirements, and the U.S. shipbuilding industrial base."
CRS Report for Congress, R42567
Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html