Bollinger has a long, long history with the Coast Guard. We
have generations of shipbuilders here who over decades have
built quality vessels for the United States Coast Guard. There’s
a sign when you pull into the Lockport area near the shipyard,
a big billboard, which says “Welcome to Cutter Country.”
For the last 20 years, that’s all people have seen up and down the bayou
here: lots of white boats with red stripes. That’s what we do and that’s what
we stand for.
The [FRC] production line is a hot line. We’re delivering boats every 73
days, which will continue through the complete execution of the Phase I
Bollinger Shipyards LLC of
Lockport, La., delivered its 22nd
Sentinel-class Fast Response
Cutter (FRC) to the U.S. Coast
Guard on Feb. 7 in Key West, Fla.
USCGC Bailey Barco (WPC 1122)
is scheduled to be commissioned
in Ketchikan, Alaska, in June. The
FRC replaces the 110-foot Island-class cutter, and uses an in-service
parent craft design based on the
Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708.
Bollinger received an $88 million
contract to build the first FRC
in September 2008. That cutter,
Bernard C. Webber, was delivered in
February 2012. The Coast Guard
has ordered 38 of the planned 58
FRCs, 20 are in service.
In February 2015, the Coast
Guard exercised an option for
two FRCs, bringing the total
ordered to 32 and completing
Phase I of the FRC acquisition
strategy at an overall value of
$1.48 billion. It awarded Bollinger
a contract last May for up to 26
FRCs during Phase II. The initial
award is $318.6 million, and covers production of six cutters. The
potential value is $1.42 billion if
options for all 26 are exercised.
Chris Remont is vice president,
government programs, at Bollinger
FRC Production ‘Hot Line’ Delivers
New Cutter Every 73 Days
The Coast Guard Fast Response Cutter (FRC) Lawrence Lawson arrives in Washington for a port call
March 6 before heading to its homeport of Cape May, N.J. Lawson was commissioned in Cape May
on March 18, becoming the 20th FRC to enter service.