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USCG Offshore Patrol Cutter Stage 2

USCG intends to acquire up to 11 medium endurance Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPC) of similar design which will be fully operational, and sustainable over a projected 40 year life cycle. This solicitation sought a shipbuilder which can create a production design, and produce OPCs that possess all the current OPC capabilities, per the schedule, and provide long term sustainability and affordability with minimum production risk while complying with USCG technical and management requirements. The deadline to submit responses to the RFP is May 28, 2021. Contract award is scheduled to occur in the second quarter of fiscal year 2022. OPC delivery dates are notionally scheduled between fiscal years 2026 and 2037.

In 2016, Eastern Shipbuilding Group Inc. (ESG) was awarded a the contract to design and construct the first nine Offshore Patrol Cutters. However, due to damage caused Hurricane Michael in 2018, the Coast Guard divided program two stages and revised its cost and schedule goals. Under the revised plan, ESG would build only up to four OPCs in the first stage, while the acquisition of the remaining 21 OPCs will be awarded under one or more new contracts starting in second stage in fiscal year 2022.

Coast Guard plans to establish a separate acquisition program baseline for OPCs 5 through 25 at an ADE 2B in fiscal year 2022. To promote a competitive environment for the next award and inform the request for proposals, in March 2020, the Coast Guard awarded industry study contracts worth up to a total of $22 million to eight shipyards. Under these contracts, the shipyards would review ESGs existing design and recommend potential strategies to complete OPCs detail design. The Coast Guard awarded the eight industry study contracts, each valued at potentially $1 to $3 million, to Austal USA, LLC of Mobile, Alabama; Bath Iron Works of Bath, Maine; Bollinger Shipyards Lockport, LLC of Lockport, Louisiana; Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. of Panama City, Florida; Fincantieri Marinette Marine of Marinette, Wisconsin; Huntington Ingalls, Inc. of Pascagoula, Mississippi; Philly Shipyard, Inc. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and VT Halter Marine, Inc. of Pascagoula, Mississippi.

Coast Guard medium endurance cutters provide multi-mission capability throughout the Coast Guards deep water Area of Responsibility (AOR); defined as that area beyond the normal operating range of single crewed shore-based small boats, where either extended on scene presence, long transit distances, or forward deployment is required to perform the mission. (c) The Coast Guards 210' and 270' Medium Endurance Cutter (WMEC) fleet comprise the majority of the existing cutter assets capable of operating in the Coast Guards deep water AOR. However, WMECs are rapidly approaching or have already passed their originally designed end of service lives and are experiencing a decline in mission readiness.

The following changes have also occurred since the WMEC fleet was fielded:

  1. Ports Waterways and Coastal Security (PWCS) mission was created following the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001.
  2. Operating areas for the WMECs have been pushed further off shore.
  3. WMEC patrol lengths have increased in response to operational demands.
  4. Technology improvement has significantly increased C2 oversight.
  5. Environmental and habitability standards have tightened
  6. New mandate was created for interoperability with other federal agencies and foreign governments.
  7. WMECs are more frequently utilized for Surge Operations (high intensity, short notice response efforts).

The OPC will be a critical Coast Guard asset in the support of the national security strategy for maintaining the nations economic, social, environmental, and military security mission areas. The OPC will typically conduct its primary missions beyond 12 nautical miles from shore, and will be employed anywhere the national interests require the Coast Guards unique blend of authorities and capabilities.

The OPC will bridge the capability between the National Security Cutter (NSC) and the Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to complete a system of surface assets. The OPC will have small boat and aviation capabilities and will be interoperable with fleet Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, and Intelligence (C5I) sensors. The OPC will be designed to carry out the following congressionally mandated missions: Ports, Waterways, and Coastal Security (PWCS), Search and Rescue (SAR), Drug Interdiction (DRUG), Alien Migrant Interdiction (AMIO), Living Marine Resource (LMR), Other Law Enforcement (OLE), and Defense Readiness (DR).

On 29 January 2021 the United States Coast Guard (USCG) issued a full and open competitive Request for Proposal (RFP 70Z02321RAPC00000) for the Detail Design and Production of up to 11 Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPCs), Hull OPC-B1 through Hull OPC-B11, Long Lead Time Materials (LLTM), Logistics, Training, and Life Cycle Engineering. This OPC Detail Design and Construction Request for Proposal (RFP) encompasses the need for completing the OPC Detail Design, constructing an initial OPC (lead ship) based on that completed Detail Design, and producing additional OPCs to complete up to 11 OPCs. This new OPC Detail Design and Construction (DD&C) contract is also referred to as OPC Stage 2.

The OPC is a critical USCG element in the support of the national security strategy for maintaining the nations economic, social, environmental, and military security mission areas. The OPC will typically conduct its primary missions beyond 12 nautical miles from shore, and will be employed around the globe; anywhere the national interests require the USCGs unique blend of authorities and capabilities. When operational, OPCs will form the core of the Coast Guards offshore cutter fleet, comprising approximately 70% of the Services offshore cutter capacity. The acquisition was being conducted in accordance with FAR Part 15, Contracting by Negotiation, procedures. The USCG plans to award one (1) Fixed Price Incentive Firm (FPIF) contract resulting from this RFP. This RFP was solicited on an unrestricted basis and all responsible business concerns may respond to this solicitation.

The Lead Hull within the context of this contract refers to the first cutter produced under this contract, built to the Detail Design developed under this contract. This hull is also referred to as OPC-B1. Hull OPC-B1 would be ordered in FY22, Hull OPC-B2 would be ordered in FY23, Hull OPC-B3 would be ordered in FY24, with Hulls OPC-B4 and OPC-B5 would be ordered in FY25, with two huls per year thereaftaer until FY28, when OPC-B10 and OPC-B11 would be ordered. Proposing delivering more than two OPCs per year is not acceptable. Optimal schedules shall meet the following conditions: OPC-B1 delivery by FY2027; OPC-B3 delivery in accordance with the Governments notional schedule; Transitioning and sustaining dual delivery commencing by OPC-B4 and OPC-B5.

The OPC shall be built to the hull form of OPC-1, drawing 360- WMSM-085-001. The Propulsion Plant consists of two FM-MAN propulsion diesel engines, two DRS propulsion motors, two Leonardo DRS variable frequency drives, two RENK reduction gears, two Geislinger torsional elastic couplings, two Geislinger misalignment couplings, two Centa flexible couplings, two Rolls-Royce propulsion shafts, two Rolls-Royce controllable pitch propeller systems, and two Rolls-Royce rudders. The Ship Service Diesel Generators consist of four MTU diesel engines and four Hitzinger alternators. The Machinery Control System consists of four Rockwell Automation Programmable Logic Controllers.

All ceremonies surrounding the lead or follow ships shall be conducted in accordance with COMDINST M5031.1 dated February 2010. The christening and pre- and postceremony activities are hosted by the Contractor. The Contractor will coordinate activities for public ceremonies for laying the keel and christening of the lead and follow ships with the Contracting Officer. The Contractor shall keep the Contracting Officer informed of all coordinated activities. Costs for ceremonies shall be borne in accordance with the Part 31 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation and COMDINST M5031.1. All reimbursable costs for ceremonies shall be coordinated with the Contracting Officer.

The Contractor shall construct two scale models of the ship suitable for display. The models shall be built to a scale of 1:48. The hull, pilothouse, and components of the models shall conform accurately to the scaled dimensions of the ship. The models shall be constructed and finished using durable materials that are resistant to humid conditions. The models shall be of sufficient detail to accurately reflect the ship including, but not limited to, transparent pilothouse windows, allowing visibility to a fully outfitted pilothouse. The interior of the pilothouse shall reflect the configuration of the ship to include: seats; consoles; ladders; hatches; navigation displays and radios; and primary propulsion controls. The models shall set on a scale cradle and be mounted to an oak base with a honey finish. Each base shall be provided with port and starboard brass plaques that identify the models and the US Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) and give the basic dimensions of the ship and the manufacturers name.

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