Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., Lockport, Louisiana, announced the award of six additional Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutters (FRCs).
The U. S. Coast Guard awarded a $255 million contract option to Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, La., July 23, 2014 for the production of six more 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 FRCs acquired under this contract option are scheduled to be delivered to the Coast Guard in 2017 and will be homeported at various bases around the United States.
Chris Bollinger, President of Bollinger Shipyards said, “We are extremely pleased that the Coast Guard has awarded six additional Fast Response Cutters, (FRC) to our current contract. This award reflects the continued confidence that the Coast Guard has in our vessels. 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.”
On June 25, 2014, Bollinger Shipyards delivered the USCGC RAYMOND EVANS, the tenth FRC to the United States Coast Guard. The Coast Guard took delivery on June 25, 2014 in Key West, Florida and is scheduled to commission the vessel in Key West, Florida during September, 2014. Delivered FRC’s operating in the Southeastern United States, the Bahamas and the Caribbean have already had a major impact on Coast Guard operations.
Recent interdictions by USCGCs PAUL CLARK and CHARLES SEXTON resulted in the seizure of thousands of pounds of marijuana and cocaine. In addition, FRCs in South Florida have interdicted hundreds of illegal migrants attempting to reach shores and saved over 100 lives. Coast Guard Flag Officers have consistently termed the FRCs as operational “game changers” for the Coast Guard.