Military Capabilities

US Coast Guard, DHS plans to modify OPC deal, possibly recompete some ships

14 October 2019

To address shipyard issues caused by Hurricane Michael in 2018, the US Coast Guard (USCG) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) now plan to modify the USCG contract with Eastern Shipbuilding in Panama City, Florida, to build the Heritage-class Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPCs) with some of the latter ship hulls being subject to possible recompetition, the USCG said.

“Following a determination by the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security that extraordinary relief is necessary to maintain the national defence and is in the best interest of the government, the Coast Guard is moving forward with an adjustment to the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) detail design and construction contract with Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) for up to the first four hulls,” the USCG said in a statement posted online 11 October.

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