Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport, Louisiana will be staying busy until at least 2017 following today’s award from the U.S. Coast Guard for an additional six Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters (FRCs). This option award brings the total number of FRCs under contract with Bollinger to 30, with a current contract value of $1.4 billion, the company notes in a statement.
Chris Bollinger, President of Bollinger Shipyards commented on the award, “This contract option will continue to provide jobs for hundreds of dedicated craftsmen employed at Bollinger as well as our subcontractors in the Southern Louisiana area. We are very proud of the fact that we have built and delivered every patrol boat in the Coast Guard’s entire fleet. Through hard work and commitment to quality, our exceptional workforce consistently exceeds customer expectation in the production of these patrol boats that are making a positive impact on the safety and security of our nation.”
Last month, the USCG accepted delivery of the tenth Bollinger-built FRC, USCGC Raymond Evans.
These Damen Stan Patrol 4708-designed ships can operate at speeds over 28 knots and are replacing the well-worn Island-class 110-foot patrol boat. Armament on board includes one stabilized, remotely-operated 25mm chain gun and four crew-served .50 caliber machine guns.