April 3, 2003
Deepwater contracts for Northrop Grumman
The combined contracts mark the first step in the development and delivery of this new class of cutters
Integrated Coast Guard Systems (ICGS) awarded the contracts under the Coast Guard's Integrated Deepwater System Program. ICGS, the prime contractor for the program, is a co-equal partnership of Northrop Grumman Ship Systems and Lockheed Martin Corporation.
"We are extremely pleased with this announcement, as it supports our design effort in the U.S. Coast Guard's Deepwater Program," said Dr. Philip A. Dur, Northrop Grumman corporate vice president and president of the company's Ship Systems sector. "These contracts will provide the means necessary to produce a detailed design and allow us to purchase long lead materials for the first ship."
The detail design effort will be conducted at the New Orleans Engineering Center of Excellence, where the cutter's preliminary and contract design phase was recently completed. Fabrication of the first new NSC is planned to begin in mid-2004, with ship delivery scheduled in 2006.