This release follows the Industry Day event held Dec. 11, 2019, and the release of the draft RFP. The future USCG Offshore Patrol Cutter (ESG) ... “This review . “The GAO’s concerns outlined in this report reinforce the bipartisan concerns of our Committee. He has worked as a freelance writer in Busan, South Korea, and as a staff writer covering education and publicly traded companies for The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., Savannah Morning News in Savannah, Ga., and Baltimore Business Journal. Eastern Shipbuilding laid the keel for its first-in-class offshore patrol cutter, the future Argus, on April 28, 2020. Eastern Shipbuilding image. Coast Guard to Re-Compete Multi-Billion Dollar Offshore Patrol Cutter Contract. The 25-hull OPC fleet is intended to replace the Coast Guard’s current fleet of 29 medium-endurance cutters, some of which were built during the Vietnam War. Schultz added the Panama City-Fla.-builder had to show that it can deliver the 21 cutters that would be needed. Schultz Details Coast Guard Rationale for Offshore Patrol Cutter Re-Compete, Member Services call 800-233-8764 or 410-268-6110, The Coast Guard awarded Eastern a contract, first four cutters by more than $650 million, Acting SECNAV Modly Puts a Ten-Year Clock on Reaching 355 Ship Navy. “The veil of secrecy regarding its analysis and the absence of any meaningful consultation by the Coast Guard and DHS with the Committee, provides us scant confidence that any revised OPC contract will not encounter a similar fate as the original contract,” the congressional letter states. The Coast Guard has picked the homeport for the service’s first pair of Offshore Patrol Cutters on the East Coast, the service announced on Wednesday. The two OPCs will be based at Naval Station Newport, R.I., home of the Naval War College, Navy … DHS, Coast Guard extend limited contract relief for Offshore Patrol Cutter. On Friday, the U.S. Coast Guard announced its massive but troubled 25-ship Offshore Patrol Cutter program will be restructured. 85-804. “They have to be able to show us [they have] the workforce,” Schultz said. Eastern Shipbuilding officials could not be reached for comment at the time of this post. Meanwhile the Coast Guard will recompete a contract for OPC #5 with options for #6-15. Hi, One thing that really sticks out to me about the notional information on the OPC in comparison to similar data for the LCSs is just how different the Coast Guard and Navy's approach to ships this size is. However, the current prime contractor, Panama City, Fla.-based Eastern Shipbuilding Group, is having a hard time fulfilling the contract due to damage caused in 2018 by Hurricane Michael. The Coast Guard awarded Eastern a contract in Sept. 2016 to build the future USCGC Argus (WMSM-915) with options to build up to nine OPCs. In September 2016, the Coast Guard awarded Eastern Shipbuilding Group a contract to build the future USCGC Argus (WMSM-915) with options to build up to nine OPCs. Acquisition of the offshore patrol cutter (OPC) is the Coast Guard’s highest investment priority. The chief lobbyist for Eastern Shipbuilding is former commandant of the Coast Guard, retired Adm. Robert Papp, who joined the company shortly after being awarded the initial OPC contract. A government watchdog agency issued a report on reducing risks for a $12 billion acquisition of 25 Offshore Patrol Cutters, citing its design process, a deficient construction schedule and incomplete cost estimate. A new GAO (Government Accountability Office) report into the U.S. Coast Guard’s Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) program is critical of several aspects of the acquisition strategy and makes eight recommendations that, it says, could reduce risk. The service may know more about the way ahead following a meeting Wednesday in Baltimore with shipbuilders interested in bidding in the re-competition for a contract potentially worth $10.5 billion. An artists rendition of the Coast Guards new Offshore Patrol Cutter originally due to be delivered in Fiscal Year 2021. This post was updated to accurately reflect the size of the Offshore Patrol Cutter contract the Coast Guard is re-competing. Acquisition of the offshore patrol cutter is the Coast Guard’s highest investment priority. Beam: 2016 : 54 Feet March 20, 2020 — The Coast Guard announced the award of eight Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) industry studies contracts March 20, 2020. . “The Offshore Patrol Cutter is a vital tool to advancing the Coast Guard’s mission,” said Maloney. The second OPC, the future USCGC Chase (WMSM-916) and long-lead-time materials for the third OPC were funded in the FY 2019. ... in parallel with immediate recompete, is the best option in this exceptional situation. The first OPC, Argus, was funded in Fiscal Year 2018. Naval Institute. Papp is the first Washington lobbyist hired by Eastern Shipbuilding, according to a company statement. The GAO studied the Offshore Patrol Cutter contracts at the request of U.S. Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), the Chair of the House Committee on Transportation […] This post has been updated to correct the headline. 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 storm displaced many residents of the area, and skilled workers were lured away to other jobs in the region. The OPC will provide a capability bridge between the national security cutter, which patrols the open ocean in the most demanding maritime environments, and the fast response cutter, which serves closer to shore. …Now they have to prove it.”. Acquisition of the offshore patrol cutter (OPC) is the Coast Guard’s highest invest-ment priority. By: Ben Werner. The OPC will provide a critical capability bridge between the national security cutter, which patrols the open ocean in the most demanding maritime environments, and the fast response cutter, which serves closer to shore. His reporting on national defense and national security has appeared on Breaking Defense, GovExec.com, NextGov.com, DefenseOne.com, Government Executive and USNI News. The two OPCs will be based at Naval Station Newport, R.I., home of the Naval War College, Navy … An artist’s conception of Eastern Shipbuilding’s Offshore Patrol Cutter design. The service’s chief acquisition civilian James Knight added, “we want to find out what we need to do to level that playing field” to draw interest from other shipyards. An earlier version of this post included an incorrect number of hulls included in the re-compete. The Coast Guard previously set a target cost of $310 million per cutter. Naval Institute, Assailant in NAS Pensacola Mass Shooting Was Saudi Aviation Student; Navy Identifies Slain Victims. Ship Control: Integrated Bridge Length: 2016 : 360 feet 350 FT or 320-360ft. In his remarks, the commandant said the Coast Guard sounded out “eight or nine companies” in its request for information on what comes next in the program. An earlier version of this post included an incorrect number of hulls included in the re-compete. “We are skeptical that such truly extraordinary relief is justified given that this ‘crisis’ was foreseeable and mostly avoidable. determined that limited relief, in parallel with immediate recompete, is the best option in this exceptional situation. “These activities will provide fresh insight into the current state of the shipbuilding industrial base and inform the Coast Guard’s way forward on a re-compete strategy to complete the OPC program of record,” Brian Olexy, the communication manager for the Coast Guard Acquisition Directorate, told USNI News in an email. Adm. Charles W. Ray, vice commandant of the Coast Guard, discusses the construction of the first offshore patrol cutter with a welder during his visit to the Eastern Shipbuilding Group shipyard in Panama City, Florida, on March 14, 2019. 85-804. The average purchase cost for OPCs is about $421 million per ship, according to the CRS report. The study, along with an industry day scheduled for next Wednesday, is intended to give the Coast Guard an assessment of the technical effort, cost risks and schedule risks associated with recompeting the OPC contract. A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has reinforced bipartisan concerns from the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee leaders regarding the U.S. Coast Guard’s $12 billion shipbuilding contract. When they did, many took jobs rebuilding nearby Tyndall Air Force Base, which also suffered substantial damage from the hurricane, according to a statement released by Sen. Marco Rubio (R.-Fla.). Rubio supported a plan to modify Eastern Shipbuilding’s contract with the Coast Guard. Eastern Shipbuilding was just about to start building Argus and was gathering materials to start building Chase when Hurricane Michael hit the Florida panhandle, USNI News reported in October 2018. These vessels are optimised to fulfil duties including military security, safety and humanitarian tasks. This post was updated to accurately reflect the size of the Offshore Patrol Cutter contract the Coast Guard is re-competing. — The head of the Coast Guard said production of the service’s Offshore Patrol Cutter construction is almost a year behind schedule due to damage from Hurricane Michael. —– The 27 Nov. Update ), Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), chair of subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation; and ranking member Rep. Bob Gibbs, (R-Ohio). Follow @Wernertime//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js, Coast Guard to Re-Compete Multi-Billion Dollar Offshore Patrol Cutter Contract, Member Services call 800-233-8764 or 410-268-6110, statement released by Sen. Marco Rubio (R.-Fla.), by the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the U.S. The Damen Offshore Patrol Vessel range has been specifically developed for navies and coastguards for a wide variety of tasks in regions where there is a low-level of threat. The Coast Guard must learn from this report and move forward in a financially responsible and efficient way on this process.” The Department of Homeland Security, after extensive analysis by the U.S. Coast Guard and further review by a Contract Adjustment Board chaired by the Department’s Deputy Under Secretary for Management, has granted limited extraordinary contract relief to Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) for the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) contract under the authority of Public Law (P.L.) The Coast Guard is recompeting its potentially $10.5 billion Offshore Patrol Cutter contract because the program risks falling fatally behind schedule due to hurricane damage to the shipyard initially awarded the contract. DHS Curtails Eastern Shipbuilding’s Offshore Patrol Cutter Contract, Plans Immediate Recompete Notional OPC design is 360-feet long, a 54-foot beam, and 17-foot draft. Comments Off on DHS, Coast Guard extend limited contract relief for Offshore Patrol Cutter. Congressional leaders detailed their concerns in a bipartisan letter to the Coast Guard sent Nov. 25, from Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.); the chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure; ranking member Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo. A schedule included as part of the Stage 2 draft RFP… Offshore Patrol Cutters. “Do they have the production capability.”. The Coast Guard is recompeting its potentially $10.5 billion Offshore Patrol Cutter contract because the program risks falling fatally behind schedule due to hurricane damage to the shipyard initially awarded the contract. ARLINGTON, Va. — The head of the Coast Guard said production of the service’s Offshore Patrol Cutter construction is almost a year behind schedule due to damage from Hurricane Michael. Eastern beat General Dynamics Bath Iron Works and Bollinger Shipyards to land the design and construction contract. “We really need industry input to see where flexibility” can be achieved because “we get the benefits of that” in drafting the request for proposals that could go out this month. In October, the Coast Guard asked Congress for extraordinary relief from the contract, on behalf of Eastern Shipbuilding. Moving quickly in the wake of a major change in its original contract for a new medium-class cutter, the Coast Guard on Friday released a notional schedule for the revamped acquisition schedule for the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) showing plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for industry studies in early 2020 leading to a contract award in late fiscal year 2022 for detail design and … Eastern has to show it still has the workforce available to complete the work, even if all the hurricane destruction was repaired. Workers evacuated from the area and were slow to return. WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security, in close coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard, granted extraordinary relief to the Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) for the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) under the authority of Public Law (P.L.) The decision to recompete has raised a number of “Issues For Congress” beginning on page 19 and continuing through page 23, including consideration of a 12th National Security Cutter in view of the delays in the delivery of Offshore Patrol Cutters. “DHS, Coast Guard extend limited contract relief for Offshore Patrol Cutter” –CG News Release Posted on October 11, 2019 Below is a news release in full. An artist’s conception of Eastern Shipbuilding’s Offshore Patrol Cutter design. (Graphic: Eastern Shipbuilding Group.) Flexible mission modules and modular manning concepts make almost any role possible. The RFP is available here. The lawmakers are concerned the Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security focused on “exploring options to resuscitate [Eastern Shipbuilding Group] and prevent it from defaulting on the OPC contract without first completing a transparent and objective alternative analysis.”. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree from New York University. The Coast Guard needs to stabilize its design for the offshore patrol cutter before construction moves forward on the third vessel in its accelerated acquisition and build program that was “significantly disrupted” by 2018’s Hurricane Michael, the Government Accountability Office said in a … Friday is the deadline for contractors to provide comments on an OPC industry studies statement of work. “We think we have a pretty mature design” for the cutters, but “cost will be relevant” in deciding which yard or yards will receive the contract,” Schultz said. Vessels are optimised to fulfil duties including military security, safety and humanitarian tasks Update. Future USCG Offshore Patrol Cutter ( OPC ) is the Coast Guard extend limited contract relief Offshore... Re-Competition is an extraordinary step but is designed to hold down costs try... 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