Dec. 30, 2021 —
The Coast Guard and U.S. Navy, through the integrated program office, exercised a fixed price incentive option to its contract with Halter Marine Inc. (formerly VT Halter Marine) of Pascagoula, Mississippi, Dec. 29 for the second Coast Guard polar security cutter (PSC). Initial authorizations under this option will be limited to the purchase of generator sets, which are long lead-time materials necessary to support future production, once authorized, while ensuring commonality across the first two PSCs. The announcement is available here.
The Coast Guard is recapitalizing its polar icebreaker fleet to ensure continued access to both polar regions and support the country's economic, environmental, maritime and national security interests. PSCs will enable the United States to maintain a presence in the Arctic and Antarctic regions for purposes of defense readiness; enforcement of treaties and other laws needed to safeguard both commerce and the environment; providing port, waterway and coastal security; and providing logistical support – including vessel escort – to facilitate the movement of goods and personnel necessary to support scientific research, commerce, national security activities and maritime safety.
The PSC integrated program office awarded a fixed price incentive (firm) contract for the detail design and construction of the lead PSC April 23, 2019. Construction of the lead PSC is scheduled to begin in 2022 with delivery planned for 2025.
For more information: Polar Security Cutter Program page