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Offshore Patrol Cutter


Artist rendering courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding Group.

The OPCs will provide the majority of offshore presence for the Coast Guard’s cutter fleet, bridging the capabilities of the 418-foot national security cutters, which patrol the open ocean, and the 154-foot fast response cutters, which serve closer to shore. The OPCs will conduct missions including law enforcement, drug and migrant interdiction, search and rescue, and other homeland security and defense operations. Each OPC will be capable of deploying independently or as part of task groups and serving as a mobile command and control platform for surge operations such as hurricane response, mass migration incidents and other events. The cutters will also support Arctic objectives by helping regulate and protect emerging commerce and energy exploration in Alaska.

Notional Characteristics:
  • Number Planned: 25
  • Length:  360 feet
  • Beam:  54 feet
  • Draft: 17 feet
  • Sustained Speed:  22.5 knots
  • Range: 10,200 nautical miles at 14 knots
  • Endurance:  60-days

The Coast Guard and Eastern Shipbuilding Group commenced cutting steel for the first offshore patrol cutter (OPC), Argus, in Panama City, Florida, Jan. 7, 2019.

The Coast Guard exercised contract options to begin construction of the lead OPC and acquire long lead-time materials for the second OPC on September 28, 2018.

 Program Information