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U.S. Navy releases draft request for proposal for Coast Guard icebreaker design, construction


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The U.S. Navy, in collaboration with the Coast Guard under an integrated program office, released a draft request for proposal (RFP) today for detail design and construction of a heavy polar icebreaker. The draft RFP is available here.

The draft RFP covers one heavy polar icebreaker, with options for two additional heavy polar icebreakers. Responses are due Dec. 11 and will support release of the RFP early next year. The contracting agency is the Naval Sea Systems Command, which has released additional information here.

Release of the draft RFP represents the integrated program office’s latest effort to refine requirements and reduce acquisition costs for the heavy polar icebreaker procurement. Earlier this year, the Coast Guard awarded five firm-fixed price contracts for early design studies and analysis and conducted model testing with the National Research Council of Canada and the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division.

For more information: Polar Security Cutter Program page