Huntington Ingalls awarded lead contract for 10th National Security Cutter

Huntington Ingalls Industries has  received a $94 million contract to obtain long-lead materials needed to build the U.S. Coast Guard‘s 10th National Security Cutter.
“The advance procurement funds will be used to purchase major components for NSC 10, such as steel, the main propulsion systems, generators, electrical switchboards and major castings,” the company said in a statement this week.
US Coast Guard NSC 01“These ships are enabling the Coast Guard’s missions in not only defending our shores, but also in the detection and interdiction of drugs and other contraband,” said Ingalls president Brian Cuccias.
HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding is currently building the seventh, eighth and ninth National Security Cutters, Kimball (WMSL-756), Midgett (WMSL-757) and Stone (WMSL-758).
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Of the Coast Guard’s white-hull patrol cutter fleet, the NSC is the largest and most technologically sophisticated in the Coast Guard.
Characteristics

  • Length:  418 feet
  • Beam:  54 feet
  • Draft:  22 feet 6 inches
  • Displacement:  4500 long tons
  • Maximum Speed:  28 knots
  • Range:  12,000 nautical miles
  • Endurance:  60- to 90-day cycles
  • Crew:  148

Features

  • Automated weapons systems capable of stopping rogue vessels far from shore
  • Large flight deck
  • State-of-the-market command and control equipment to enhance interoperability
  • Detection and defense capabilities against chemical, biological or radiological attack
  • Advanced sensors and other C4ISR equipment to contribute intelligence to a common operating picture and provide enhanced maritime domain awareness

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27th FRC (fast response cutter) delivered to US Coast Guard

US Coast Guard accepted delivery of the 27th fast response cutter (FRC), Richard Snyder, in Key West, Florida, Feb. 8, 2018.

According to Coast Guard statement; the cutter will be the first FRC stationed in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, and will be commissioned in April.

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The FRCs are replacing the 1980s-era 110-foot patrol boats and feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment. The cutters have improved habitability and seakeeping and over-the-horizon cutter boat launch and recovery from astern or via side davits.  Each FRC is 154 feet long, features an endurance of five days and can reach a maximum speed of over 28 knots.

Bollinger Shipyards delivers the 26th Fast Response Cutter to US Coast Guard

Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the USCGC JOSEPH GERCZAK, the 26th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard took delivery on the 9th of November 2017 in Key West, Florida. The vessel’s commissioning is scheduled for March 9, 2018 in Honolulu, HI.

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The 154-foot FRC is named after Joseph Gerczak who was killed while defending USS LST-66 from Japanese bombers during an American assault on Borgen Bay in New Britain on Dec. 26, 1943.

The 154 foot patrol craft USCGC JOSEPH GERZACK is the 26th vessel in the Coast Guard’s Sentinel-class FRC program. The FRC has been described as an operational “game changer,” by senior Coast Guard officials. To build the FRC, Bollinger used a proven, in-service parent craft design based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708. It has a flank speed of 28 knots, state of the art command, control, communications and computer technology, and a stern launch system for the vessel’s 26 foot cutter boat.

Bollinger Shipyards LLC (www.bollingershipyards.com) is a leading designer and builder of fast military patrol boats, ocean-going double hull barges, offshore oil field support vessels, tug boats, rigs, liftboats, inland waterways push boats, barges, and other steel and aluminum products from its new construction shipyards. Bollinger has 10 shipyards and all are strategically located throughout Louisiana with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi River and the Intracoastal Waterway. Bollinger is the largest vessel repair company in the Gulf of Mexico region.