Northrop Grumman Corporation is supporting Florida-based Eastern Shipbuilding Group in its final critical design review for the U.S. Coast Guard’s Offshore Patrol Cutter Program (OPC).
Northrop Grumman will handles the shipbuilding company's capabilities, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations for the project; along with, the cutter's control systems integrator, with responsibilities that include its integrated bridge, navigation, command and control, computing network, data distribution, machinery control and propulsion control system design and production.
“Northrop Grumman has been a trusted member of Eastern Shipbuilding's team since the program's inception,” said Joey D’Isernia, ESG president. “Their expertise in systems design and integration has contributed to their ongoing success in achieving the USCG’s requirements for its Offshore Patrol Cutter platform.”
The new Coast Guard offshore patrol cutter. Rendering courtesy Eastern Shipbuilding Group.
The new cutter will be part of the Coast Guard’s newest class of cutters, with 25 ships planned for the class.
It will provide the majority of offshore presence by the Coast Guard’s cutter fleet, assisting in missions ranging from combating transnational organized criminal networks off Central America to patrolling in the increasingly accessible Arctic.
The final review was held on June 27 and 28, with an OPC production readiness review to follow later this year.
Northrop Grumman will operate the OPC Test and Integration Facility for command and control, and the Land-Based Test Facility for control systems, at its facility in Charlottesville.