Hearing to focus on U.S. Coast Guard cutter acquisition programs

The Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, chaired by U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), will hold a hearing this week on the status of the U.S. Coast Guard’s cutter acquisition programs.

The Coast Guard began recapitalizing its aging vessels and aircrafts in the late 1990s, with a focus on replacing those assets that carry out missions farther than 50 miles from shore and modernizing information technology systems used to help coordinate its operations. The recapitalization program would procure eight National Security Cutters, 25 Offshore Patrol Cutters and 58 Fast Response Cutters. These cutters will replace 90 aging cutters and patrol craft, which are manpower intensive, becoming less reliable, more costly to repair and maintain, and most are nearing or beyond their estimated service life.

The Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, chaired by U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), will hold a hearing this week on the status of the U.S. Coast Guard’s cutter acquisition programs.

The Coast Guard began recapitalizing its aging vessels and aircrafts in the late 1990s, with a focus on replacing those assets that carry out missions farther than 50 miles from shore and modernizing information technology systems used to help coordinate its operations. The recapitalization program would procure eight National Security Cutters, 25 Offshore Patrol Cutters and 58 Fast Response Cutters. These cutters will replace 90 aging cutters and patrol craft, which are manpower intensive, becoming less reliable, more costly to repair and maintain, and most are nearing or beyond their estimated service life.

The Subcommittee hearing, entitled, “Status of Coast Guard Cutter Acquisition Programs,” is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 3 in the 2167 Rayburn House Office Building.

Witness List:

  • Rear Admiral Joseph Vojvodich, Assistant Commandant for Acquisition and Chief Acquisition Officer, U.S. Coast Guard
  • Michele Mackin, Director, Acquisition and Sourcing Management, U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Ronald O’Rourke, Specialist in Naval Affairs, Congressional Research Service

More information about the hearing, including testimony, additional background information and link to live webcast, will be posted here as it becomes available.

Maritime Editorial