The USCGC Webber, the Coast Guard's first Sentinel-Class Fast Response Cutter, arrives at Coast Guard Sector Miami Feb. 9, 2012. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard

U.S. Coast Guard Orders Four More Fast Response Cutters at Bollinger Shipyards

Mike Schuler
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August 10, 2021

The U.S. Coast Guard has exercised a contract option with Lockport, Louisiana-based Bollinger Shipyards for the construction of four additional Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters, bringing the total number of FRCs awarded to Bollinger to 64 vessels.

To date, the U.S. Coast Guard has commissioned 43 FRCs into service.

“We’re incredibly proud of the work we do at Bollinger, and we’re especially proud of our long history supporting the U.S. Coast Guard that stretches nearly four decades,” said Bollinger Shipyards President and CEO Ben Bordelon. “Our unique experience building for the Coast Guard is unparalleled and has shown time and time again that we can successfully deliver the highest quality vessels on a reliable, aggressive production schedule and cost, even in the most challenging circumstances, including the global pandemic and record hurricane season experienced over the past year. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Coast Guard.”

All four FRCs will be built at Bollinger’s Lockport, La facility and are scheduled for delivery to the Coast Guard between Fall 2024 and Summer 2025.

The FRC program has had a total economic impact of $1.7 billion in material spending and directly supports more than 650 jobs in Southeast Louisiana. The program has indirectly created 1,690 new jobs from operations and capital investment and has an annual economic impact on GDP of $202 million, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) on the economic importance of the U.S. Shipbuilding and Repair Industry.

Bollinger sources over 271,000 different items for the FRC consisting of 282 million components and parts from 965 suppliers in 37 states.

The latest three FRCs were commissioned in late July at Apra Harbor Guam, where they will support the United States’ strategic presence in the Indo-Pacific region.

In addition to the construction of the FRC, Bollinger supports a number of U.S. Government shipbuilding programs including the T-ATS for the U.S. Navy and regional class research vessels for the National Science Foundation through Oregon State University. Bollinger is also participating in Industry Studies for four Government programs, including the U.S. Coast Guard’s Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) program, the U.S. Navy’s Auxiliary General Ocean Surveillance (T-AGOS(X)) program, the U.S. Navy’s Large Unmanned Surface Vehicle (LUSV) program and the U.S. Navy’s Light Amphibious Warship (LAW) program.

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