The U.S. Coast Guard placed a delivery order for one additional long range interceptor-II (LRI-II) boat and standard delivery items including training and trailer, worth approximately $1.1 million, with MetalCraft Marine U.S. Incorporated of Cape Vincent, New York, on April 10, 2018.
The LRI-II will be delivered to Pascagoula, Mississippi, in February 2019. It will be deployed on the eighth National Security Cutter (NSC), USCGC Midgett (WMSL-757), which will be delivered in the second quarter of fiscal year 2019.
This brings the total of LRI-IIs ordered to 10; seven LRI-IIs have been delivered.
The Long Range Interceptor-II is 35 feet long with a range of over 220 nautical miles and capable of achieving speeds in excess of 38 knots. The stern-launched LRI-II’s high speed and extended range significantly enhances its host cutter’s ability to execute missions while underway, particularly in migrant interdiction and law enforcement operations where teams need to be put on scene quickly.
Its ability to extend the reach of its host cutter is also critical to search and rescue operations, enabling NSC cutter crews to patrol larger search areas. The LRI-II can carry up to 15 passengers, including crew, and safely operate in seas up to 13 feet.
The LRI-II can aid in search and rescue (SAR); law enforcement; ports, waterways and coastal security; and defense readiness missions.
The U.S. Coast Guard’s Long Range Interceptor II (LRI-II) cutter boat acquisition project was approved for full-rate production June 27, 2013, after successful operational and interface testing with Coast Guard’s Legend class maritime security cutter (a.k.a National Security Cutter), USCGC Bertholf (WMSL-750).
The Coast Guard awarded a five-year contract in June 2012 worth up to $10.2 million, to MetalCraft Marine U.S. to produce the LRI-II. The first LRI-II was delivered to the Coast Guard Feb. 20, 2013, and commenced testing activities soon after. The Coast Guard had contract options to procure up to a total of 10 boats. These include eight LRI-IIs to be deployed aboard the Coast Guard’s National Security Cutters (NSC).