Coast Guard Cutter Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress [March 20, 2017] [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. The first five are now in service. The sixth was delivered on December 16, 2016, and was scheduled to be commissioned into service on April 1, 2017. The seventh and eighth are under construction and scheduled for delivery in 2018 and 2019, respectively. A ninth NSC, which was not requested by the Coast Guard, was funded by Congress in FY2016; the Coast Guard awarded a production contract for the ship on December 30, 2016. The Coast Guard's proposed FY2017 budget requests $127 million in acquisition funding for the NSC program for postdelivery activities on NSCs 4 through 8, program close-out, follow-on test and evaluation, program support, and procurement of small unmanned aerial systems (sUASs) for NSCs."
CRS Report for Congress, R42567
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