The Coast Guard awarded a $179.7 million contract option to Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, La., for the production of four more Sentinel-class fast response cutters.
The option award brings the total number of cutters under contract with Bollinger to 12, with a current contract value of $597 million. The current FRC contract contains options for as many as 34 cutters and is worth as much as $1.5 billion if all options are exercised. The fast response cutters acquired under this contract option are scheduled to be delivered to the Coast Guard in 2014 and home-ported in Key West, Fla.
The Sentinel class eventually will replace the Coast Guard’s venerable Island-class 110-foot patrol boat. The fast response cutters uses a proven, in-service parent craft design based on the Damen Stan Patrol 4708. It has a required flank speed of 28 knots and will be armed with one stabilized, remotely-operated 25mm chain gun and four crew-served .50 caliber machine guns.
The cutter also will meet American Bureau of Shipping design, build and class standards. The Coast Guard plans to acquire as many as 58 fast response cutters.