New US Coast Guard Off Shore Patrol Cutter Being Built

The Eastern Shipbuilding Group has just announced that it has begun cutting steel for the third of its latest USCG Off Shore Patrol Cutters. She will be called the USCGC Ingham and is being built at the ESG shipyards in Panama City, Florida.

These Off Shore Patrol Cutters (OPCs) are being built to bridge the capabilities of their current 270 ft and 210 ft. high endurance cutters and fast response, national security cutters. The national security cutters patrol the open ocean, while the national security, fast response cutters serve closer to shore. The Coast Guard is planning on purchasing 25 of these new OPCs for its fleet.

The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell, a 378-foot High Endurance Cutter home ported in Alameda, Calif., bids farewell to the China coast guard.
The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell, a 378-foot High Endurance Cutter home ported in Alameda, Calif., bids farewell to the China coast guard.

This new Heritage Class of cutters (OPCs) will each be able to deploy independently or as part of task groups with the USCG or the Navy. They will also be able to serve as a mobile command and control platform in surge operations like hurricanes or mass migration incidents, as well as other events. These OPCs will also be able to support Arctic efforts to regulate and protect emerging U.S. economic concerns.

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter BOUTWELL leaves the Haitian safe haven with Haitian repatriates on board.
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter BOUTWELL leaves the Haitian safe haven with Haitian repatriates on board.

These ships are built with multiple combat and communication capabilities. Each will be able to carry and deploy either MH-60 or MH-65 helicopters. They will carry three operational “Over the Horizon” small boats for boarding other ships, seizing drugs and other purposes. They are equipped with highly sophisticated combat systems and have a hybrid electric drive system.

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell transfers custody of the Fishing Vessels Lu Rong Yu 1961 (right) and Zhe Dai Yuan Yu 829 (left) to a Chinese Fisheries Law Enforcement Command (FLEC) cutter after being interdicted for use of illegal high seas drift net fishing equipment.
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell transfers custody of the Fishing Vessels Lu Rong Yu 1961 (right) and Zhe Dai Yuan Yu 829 (left) to a Chinese Fisheries Law Enforcement Command (FLEC) cutter after being interdicted for use of illegal high seas drift net fishing equipment.

These ships are 360 ft in length, have a beam of 54 ft and a draft of 17 ft. They are capable of sustaining a 22.5 knot pace and have a range of 10,200 nautical miles at 14 knots and will be able to operate for up to 60 days at a time.

This video of the USCG Boutwell, a high endurance cutter, will give you a sense of what the new Heritage class, Off Shore Cutters like the USCGC Ingham are replacing.

Semper Paratus, USCG!

Support Veterans

Provide food and supplies to veterans at The Veterans Site for free!

Whizzco