Adm. Charles W. Ray, vice commandant of the Coast Guard, tours the construction of the first offshore patrol cutter at the Eastern Shipbuilding Group shipyard in Panama City, Florida, Thursday, March 14, 2019. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Loumania Stewart)

Coast Guard Revamps Troubled $10.5B Cutter Program, Giving Fresh Opportunity to Stressed U.S. Shipyards

On Friday, the U.S. Coast Guard announced its massive but troubled 25-ship Offshore Patrol Cutter program will be restructured.

With a total value of $10.5 billion, the Offshore Patrol Cutter (formally known as the Heritage (WMSM 915) class cutter) is a top Coast Guard procurement priority. The contract to build these mid-sized 3,500- to 3,700-ton cutters was awarded in 2016 to a scrappy underdog, Florida-based Eastern Shipbuilding Group. After restructuring, the Coast Guard will now only offer Eastern Shipbuilding options to build four of these $421 million vessels, and the rest– 21 ships–will likely be put out to bid.

The news has roiled America’s naval shipbuilding community. The Coast Guard’s dramatic move has saved the Offshore Patrol Cutter Program.

Read more at Forbes

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