U.S. Coast Guard Could Accelerate Fast-Response Cutter

Keeter, Hunter C.
March 2004
Sea Power;Mar2004, Vol. 47 Issue 3, p10
Examines the need for the U.S. Coast Guard to adopt the next-generation patrol boat, the fast-response cutter, or to renovate 49 110-foot Island-class patrol boats for its Deepwater program. Aim of the program to modernize and replace its aging ships and aircraft and to improve command, control and logistics systems; Conversion of the patrol boat Matagorda with regards to its length, habitability and systems capabilities enhancements; Support from Congress for Deepwater program acceleration through the adoption of fast-response cutter.


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