Boy where did this come from? I was on one of the Navy's first HVT escort boats - a 32 foot Glacier Bay catamaran (it had a 2 pintles for up to .50 cal). The MSC is currently chartering HOS OSVs for the mission. I like this iteration. Any new boat for Coasties should be good, but my guess is this is NAVSEA procured? There was nothing about it on CG-9 website. At least its from a good boat builder. I have requested more info for Warboats posting.
New Escort Vessel for the U.S. Navy
After 54 years of building only commercial vessels, Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, has delivered its first high-speed patrol boat for the federal government. The 64-foot screening escort vessel, with the mission of securing high-value Naval assets, will be operated by the U.S. Coast Guard.
The all-aluminum boat features a C. Raymond-Hunt-designed deep-V hull, with a CPI Marine fender system, and is powered by twin MTU diesel engines and connected to Hamilton water-jets. Top speed is over 30 knots.
The pilothouse on a flush deck, with forward-leaning front windows, leads to the forecastle, equipped with a head, galley, berths, and lockers. Recessed rescue platforms are located port and starboard at the vessel's mid-ship. On the foredeck is a gun mount.
The interior is outfitted with Shockwave heavy-duty suspension seats, shock-absorbing floor matting, and a heating and air-conditioning system. Equipment includes integrated navigation systems and crew communications radio and imaging systems.
Would you agree that the Navy continues to reinvent the wheel? I always though that a PCF did a fine job of escorting thru the Panama Canal. Truthfully, I've never seen such a wate of money. If your'e cold, put on a coat. If hot, open the window. Less display of firepower on a longer boat? Can't see where this is a good thing. The ability to intimidate while perfoming escort duties is half the battle. Looks more like a resue boat is the primary function of that vessel.
D6, I think this is a good boat for the USCG. Big enough to go offshore and still be stable. I believe she will be working out of Kings Bay where the USCG/USN have a unique security partnership going on.
The weapons are almost after-thougths? The boat looks to be a version of an existing design, so not so much reinventling the wheel as using COTS to buy a boat might save some bucks?
If it is going to actually be a CG boat and they will perform the duties, then perhaps it is a good, multi-mission platform. The CG, in most folks mind, is a Search and Rescue organization first and foremost. If it is to be thiers, then saving a few bucks would go a long way.
An avid fan of Gladding-Hearn it is with much pleasure that the USCG finally has a well designed vessel. Anybody knows what the makeup of the crew on these new boats? I figured it will have a BMC as OIC, a BM-1, MK-1, SN, and FN. However this is just my guess. Anybody know in New York will have one of these wonderful vessels.
Just a little bit of history. The old USCG 327’s was built based on the Erie and Charleston naval gunboat.
"Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corp., is constructing a dozen screening escort vessels for the U.S. Navy."
"On the screening escort boat, two Hamilton waterjets are powered by a pair of MTU 10-cylinder patrol-boat-rated engines. Top speed of the boat is over 30 knots, while maintaining precise maneuvering characteristics in any direction at the command of a three-axis joystick. "
"Duclos said the government may be considering other future military applications for the 70-foot deep-V monohulls — including drug interdiction and anti-piracy operations. "
IVO that last, I wonder if any of these boats will end up in the hands of sailors? Seems like a good design for offshore work of MES rons?