Polar Security Cutter
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The Coast Guard has prepared a programmatic environmental impact statement, regarding the polar security cutter (PSC) acquisition, in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and Executive Orders 12114.
The U.S. Navy, in collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard under an integrated program office, released a request for proposal (RFP) March 2, 2018, for the advance procurement and detail design for the Coast Guard’s PSC, with options for detail design and construction for up to three PSCs. The RFP is available here.
The integrated PSC program office achieved a milestone Feb. 21, 2018, when it received approval from the Department of Homeland Security to advance to the next phase of the acquisition life cycle.
The United States has vital national interests in the polar regions. Polar security cutters (PSCs) enable the U.S. to maintain defense readiness in the Arctic and Antarctic regions; enforce treaties and other laws needed to safeguard both industry and the environment; provide ports, waterways and coastal security; and provide 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 Coast Guard needs six new PSCs to ensure national year-round access to the polar regions and to provide self-rescue capability.