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Coast Guard Cutter Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress
Contents
Introduction ............................................................................................. 1
Background ............................................................................................. 1
Older Ships to Be Replaced by NSCs, OPCs, and FRCs .......................................... 1
Missions of NSCs, OPCs, and FRCs................................................................ 2
NSC Program.......................................................................................... 2
OPC Program.......................................................................................... 4
FRC Program.......................................................................................... 8
Funding in FY2013-FY2019 Budget Submissions................................................. 9
Issues for Congress...................................................................................... 9
Whether to Fund a 12th NSC in FY20 19........................................................... 9
Number of FRCs to Fund in FY20 19............................................................. 10
Annual or Multiyear Contracting for OPCs........................................................11
OPC Procurement Rate.............................................................................. 12
Planned NSC, OPC, and FRC Procurement Quantities .......................................... 13
NSC Program: Initial Testing ....................................................................... 13
Legislative Activity in 2018 ............................................................................. 14
Summary of Appropriations Action on FY20 19 Acquisition Funding Request.............14
FY20 19 DUS Appropriations Act (5. 3109)....................................................... 14
Senate......................................................................................... 14
Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2017 (Division D of National Defense
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 [H.R. 5515])......................................... 16
House Floor Action............................................................................ 16
Figures
Figure 1. National Security Cutter...................................................................... 3
Figure 2. Offshore Patrol Cutter........................................................................ 5
Figure 3. Offshore Patrol Cutter.......................................................................... 5
Figure 4. Offshore Patrol Cutter.......................................................................... 6
Figure 5. Fast Response Cutter.......................................................................... 8
Figure A-i. Projected Mission Demands vs. Projected Capability/Performance .................. 25
Tables
Table 1. NSC, OPC, and FRC Funding in FY2013-FY2019 Budget Submissions..............10
Table 2. Summary of Appropriations Action on FY20 19 Acquisition Funding Request.......... 14
Table A-i. Program of Record Compared to Objective Fleet Mix................................... 23
Table A-2. POR Compared to FMAs 1 Through 4................................................... 23

Table A-3. Force Mixes and Mission Performance Gaps ............................................. 24
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