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Cutter Boats

For more photos of cutter boats, visit the image gallery on Flickr.


The Coast Guard engaged industry at the 2018 International Workboat Show Nov. 29, 2018 to provide an early look at the upcoming OTH-V project. During the presentation, program staff received several questions from industry. To ensure the widest release of this information, the Q&As have been posted here.

The Coast Guard released a request for information (RFI) Dec. 7, 2018, to gather additional information about the Over the Horizon V cutter boat acquisition. The RFI is available here

The Coast Guard on Aug. 30, 2018, awarded a firm-fixed price indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract to MetalCraft Marine U.S. Incorporated of Cape Vincent, New York, for a fleet of cutter boats-large.

The Coast Guard placed a delivery order for one long range interceptor-II and standard delivery items, worth approximately $1.1 million, with MetalCraft Marine US Incorporated of Cape Vincent, New York, April 10, 2018.

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The Coast Guard is acquiring two types of boats to complement its cutter fleet. The long range interceptor II will help cutter crews extend their interdiction range. The over the horizon IV boats will deliver boarding teams to vessels of interest.

Why this program?

While Coast Guard cutters are mission-capable with current boats, the new craft acquired under this program will more specifically meet the Coast Guard’s functional requirements. The LRI-II features increased passenger carrying capability, improved dynamic stability, higher speeds, ballistic protection systems, robust logistics support infrastructure, and appropriate hull designs for stern launch requirements. The OTH-IV features high-speed and larger passenger capacity. Both boats are capable of operating from Coast Guard cutters equipped for stern launch.

How are the cutter boats being acquired?

The cutter boats project will procure up to 10, 35-foot LRI-II, including one for each of the national security cutters. Additionally, the program will procure up to 114, 26-foot OTH-IV, which the Coast Guard will deploy aboard the NSC and some other platforms. With the introduction of the offshore patrol cutter and the polar security cutter approaching, a new project to acquire the next generation OTH, the OTH-V, has been initiated.