First 154-foot Cutters in service

The first of upto 58 Fast Response Cutters, the USCGC Cutter Bernard C Webber,  for the US Coast Guard was commissioned this week.

The craft, at $88-mill per, will replace the 1980s era 110-foot Island Class cutters from Iraq to Alaska.

Displacement:     353 long tons
Length:     46.8 m (154 ft)
Beam:     8.11 m (26.6 ft)
Depth:     2.9 m (9.5 ft)
Propulsion:     2 x 4,300 kilowatts (5,800 shp)
1 x 75 kilowatts (101 shp) bow thruster
Speed:     28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph)
Endurance:     5 days, 2,500 nautical miles (4,600 km; 2,900 mi)
Designed to be on patrol 2,500 hours per year
Boats and landing
craft carried:     1 x Short Range Prosecutor RHIB
Complement:     2 officers, 20 crew
Sensors and
processing systems:     L-3 C4ISR suite
Armament:     1 x Mk 38 Mod 2 25 mm automatic gun
4 x crew-served Browning M2 machine guns

It is sure that the Coast Guard ordered these after several years of using loaned 170-foot Cyclone class Patrol Boats from the Navy.

You can expect these to be showing up anywhere the Navy has littoral issues over the next few decades. Of course they will probably be upgunned (110-foot cutters in the Perisan Gulf carried as many as six M2s and a Mk19 Grenade Launcher in addition to their 25mm hood ornament) when on navy duty in brown water.

They could also be used in the waters of East Africa against pirates and the warm Caribbean waters chasing down narcosubs.

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