The Sentinel-class fast response cutter is a key component of the Coast Guard’s offshore fleet that is capable of deploying independently to conduct missions that include port, waterways and coastal security; fishery patrols; search and rescue; and national defense.
Why this program?
Named after Coast Guard enlisted heroes, the FRCs are replacing the aging Island-class 110-foot patrol boats. The Sentinel-class cutter project delivers vital capability to the Coast Guard, helping to meet the service’s need in the coastal zone and adjacent waters. Operationally, FRCs saved 21 lives and interdicted over 14,200 pounds of cocaine – valued at over $191.3 million – and 874 migrants in fiscal year 2018.
The Coast Guard selected a “parent-craft” design for the Sentinel-class cutters to ensure that the operating force receives new vessels capable of performing the required missions, as quickly as possible. The Coast Guard coined the term “parent-craft” to describe the use of an existing ship design that has successfully performed equivalent missions.
The Coast Guard followed a disciplined acquisition strategy including careful analysis of operational requirements; conducting worldwide market research; close consultation with Coast Guard technical authorities; use of the services of the U.S. Navy, use of independent commercial agents; a full and open competition, and an assessment of the most competitive designs put forth by industry.