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Coast Guard Buys Six More Fast Response Cutters

20100330_Sentinel_Bow-Starboard-2_FRC_Fast_Response_Cutter_IllustrationThe U.S. Coast Guard has exercised a $250.7 million contract option to buy six more Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters (FRCs), according to a Wednesday announcement from the service.

The latest option will bring the total number of FRCs under contracts to 24 with FRC builder Bollinger Shipyards for a total of $1.1 billion.

The Coast Guard has taken delivery of seven of the FRCs of a planned buy of 58 FRCs at a projected total cost of $3.93 billion. Bollinger and the Coast Guard have contract options for the first 30 FRCs. The service plans to recompete the FRC contract for the remaining 28 in 2015.

The Sentinels are slated to replace the 41 Island-class 110-foot patrol boats currently in service with the Coast Guard.

The 353-ton FRC is based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708 and can reach speeds in excess of 28 knots.

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Sam LaGrone is the editor of USNI News. He was formerly the U.S. Maritime Correspondent for the Washington D.C. bureau of Jane’s Defence Weekly and Jane’s Navy International. He has covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.