Accession Number:

ADA621104

Title:

Coast Guard Cutter Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress

Descriptive Note:

Congressional rept.

Corporate Author:

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2015-07-28

Pagination or Media Count:

43.0

Abstract:

The Coast Guard s 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 NSC, OPC, and FRC programs have a combined estimated acquisition cost of about 21.1 billion, and the Coast Guard s proposed FY2016 budget requests a total of 449.9 million in acquisition funding for the three programs. NSCs are the Coast Guard s largest and most capable general-purpose cutters. They have an estimated average procurement cost of about 684 million per ship. The first four are now in service, the fifth was delivered on June 5, 2015, and is scheduled to be commissioned into service in August 2015, the sixth and seventh are under construction, and the eighth was funded in FY2015. The Coast Guard s proposed FY2016 budget requests 638 million for the NSC program, including 91.4 million in acquisition funding for the NSC program. OPCs are to be smaller, less expensive, and in some respects less capable than NSCs. They have an estimated average procurement cost of about 484 million per ship. The first OPC is to be procured in FY2018. The Coast Guard s proposed FY2016 budget requests 18.5 million in acquisition funding for the OPC program. FRCs are considerably smaller and less expensive than OPCs. They have an estimated average procurement cost of about 73 million per boat. A total of 32 have been funded through FY2015. The 13th was commissioned into service on June 20, 2015. The Coast Guard s proposed FY2016 budget requests 340 million in acquisition funding for the FRC program. The NSC, OPC, and FRC programs pose several oversight issues for Congress. Congress s decisions on these programs could substantially affect Coast Guard capabilities and funding requirements, and the U.S. shipbuilding industrial base.

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Marine Engineering
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE