Under the US Coast Guard's Deepwater program, Northrop-Grumman has been awarded
a $250 million contract for production and long lead material of the first
Maritime Security Cutter, Large (WMSL), formerly known as the National Security
Maritime Security Cutter is an advanced, highly capable, long endurance Cutter
that shares common design team, training, logistics and systems with other two
classes of cutters being developed for the US Coast Guard. This approach will
lead to additional savings in the development and construction of the Fast
Response Cutter (FRC) and the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC).
The lead Maritime Security Cutter ship will be manufactured at
Northrop-Grumman's Pascagoula Shipyard. Construction will begin in September
2004 with the keel laying to follow in April 2005. Entry into service of the
first WMSL is expected for 2007.
The WMSL will be a 421-foot vessel with a 4,112-ton displacement at full load,
and powered by twin-screw combined diesel and gas (CODAG) turbine power
propulsion system capable of cruising at a maximum speed of 28 knots. The ship
will also include a flight deck for manned and unmanned rotary wing aircraft,
state-of-the-art command and control electronics and an aft launch and recovery
area for two rigid hull inflatable boats.
Under the multi-billion, multi-year Deepwater procurement program the US Coast
Guard could take delivery of up to 91 new-built cutters of the three classes
currently under development.
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