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Offshore Patrol Cutter


Artist rendering courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding Group.


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

The Coast Guard exercised a fixed-price option to the service’s existing contract with Eastern Shipbuilding Group Inc. of Panama City, Florida, Sept. 7, 2017, to procure long lead time materials for the first OPC. The total value of the option is $41.68 million.

The Coast Guard announced the names of the first 11 OPCs Aug. 4, 2017, in honor of the 227th anniversary of the service’s founding.

The Coast Guard celebrated the opening of the OPC project resident office at Eastern Shipbuilding Group in Panama City, Florida, May 3, 2017.

  Program Information                       


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