The Coast Guard is acquiring two types of boats to complement its
cutter fleet. The LRI-II will help cutter crews extend their interdiction range. The Over-the-Horizon-IV boats will deliver boarding teams to
vessels of interest.
While Coast Guard cutters are mission-capable with current boats, the
new craft acquired under this project will more specifically meet the Coast
Guard’s functional requirements. The LRI-II provides enhanced capabilities over the LRI-I, including extended range, increased speed, better sea-keeping and larger passenger capacity.
Since its delivery in late February, the LRI-II has completed typical
testing activities, which simulate operational situations and scenarios,
and two successful counternarcotics interdictions preventing drugs
bound for the [United States] from reaching their destination. Even prior
to delivery, the LRI-II foreshadowed a productive Coast Guard career by
performing a life-saving rescue off the coast of Florida during builder’s trials [in January].
The LRI-II is designed primarily for advanced interdiction operations,
including intercepting illegal migrants. Powered by two marine diesel engines with waterjet propulsors, the LRI-II can reach a speed of more than
38 knots in calm seas. The boats have forward-facing, shock-absorbing
seats for 15 persons.
The MetalCraft Marine/Brunswick team has produced a boat with great
potential for the U.S. Coast Guard. The LRI-II is a version of MetalCraft
Marine’s highly maneuverable and adaptable Sentry boats, which are in turn
developed from a long line of Boston Whaler-type patrol boats in service with many agencies across the country and around the globe.
Long Range Interceptor II
Will Bolster NSC Capabilities
The U.S. Coast Guard’s Long
Range Interceptor-II (LRI-II) cutter boat acquisition project was
approved for full-rate production
June 27, after successful operational and interface testing with
the National Security Cutter
The LRI-II is 35 feet long with a
range of more than 220 nautical
miles and is capable of achieving
speeds in excess of 38 knots. The
stern-launched LRI-II’s high speed
and extended range bolster its
host cutter’s ability to execute
missions while underway, particularly in migrant interdiction and
law enforcement operations. Its
ability to extend the reach of its
host cutter also allows NSC crews
to patrol larger areas during
search-and-rescue operations. The
LRI-II can safely operate in seas
up to 13 feet.
The Coast Guard awarded a five-year contract, worth up to $10.2
million, to MetalCraft Marine U.S.,
Cape Vincent, N.Y., in June 2012
to produce the LRI-II. The first
LRI-II was delivered to the Coast
Guard Feb. 20, and began testing
activities soon after. The Coast
Guard has contract options to procure up to 10 boats. These include
eight LRI-IIs to be deployed
aboard the NSC.
Coast Guard Capt. Shannon
McCullar is the LRI-II project
The Long Range Interceptor-II will be deployed aboard Coast Guard National
Security Cutters to expand and improve search-and-rescue and interdiction