The U.S. Coast Guard placed two delivery orders, worth a combined total of approximately $2.74 million with SAFE Boats International LLC of Bremerton, Washington, Sept. 27, for seven over the horizon IV (OTH-IV) cutter boats. The orders include trailers and familiarization training.
This order brings the total number of OTH-IVs ordered to 103; the seven under the most recent order are scheduled for delivery starting in early 2019. Two of the cutter boats are planned for the eighth national security cutter, Midgett, and the other five are slated for fast response cutters.
The OTH-IV is the service’s standard cutter boat to prosecute over the horizon missions with two assigned to each national security cutter, and one assigned to each fast response cutter and medium endurance cutter. They are 26 feet long and have a top speed of 40 knots. Compared to earlier models, the boats feature increased cargo space and seating, higher speeds, and compatibility with both stern and side-davit launch and recovery systems.
Ninety-three OTH-IVs have been delivered. Assignments for the boats include the first seven Legend-class National Security Cutters (NSC), the first 32 Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters (FRC), and other legacy vessels such as medium endurance cutters.
USCG Cutter Boats
The U.S. Coast Guard is acquiring two types of boats to complement its cutter fleet. The long range interceptor II (LRI-II) will help cutter crews extend their interdiction range. The over the horizon IV boats (OTH-IV) will deliver boarding teams to vessels of interest.
While Coast Guard cutters are mission-capable with current boats, the new craft acquired under this program will more specifically meet the Coast Guard’s functional requirements. The LRI-II features increased passenger carrying capability, improved dynamic stability, higher speeds, ballistic protection systems, robust logistics support infrastructure, and appropriate hull designs for stern launch requirements. The OTH-IV rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB, RIB) features high-speed and larger passenger capacity. Both boats are capable of operating from Coast Guard cutters equipped for stern launch.
The cutter boats project will procure up to 10, 35-foot LRI-II, including one for each of the national security cutters. Additionally, the program will procure up to 101, 26-foot OTH-IV, which the Coast Guard will deploy aboard the NSC and some other platforms.
The cutter boats acquisition strategy features the competitive selection of proven, off-the-shelf designs for the LRI-II and OTH-IV.