US Coast Guard orders second offshore patrol cutter from Eastern Shipbuilding

Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group

The US Coast Guard has exercised its option for construction of a second offshore patrol cutter (OPC) by Eastern Shipbuilding Group of Panama City, Florida.

The 110- by 16-metre OPCs will be used to conduct multiple missions in support of US maritime security and border protection. The vessels will provide a capability bridge between the Legend-class national security cutters (NSCs), which patrol the open ocean, and the Sentinel-class fast response cutters (FRCs), which operate closer to shore.

The coast guard has also exercised its option for the acquisition of long lead time materials for the third OPC.

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