Integrated Coast Guard Systems Delivers First 123-Foot Cutter Under the Integrated Deepwater Systems Program
Lockport, LA, 08-MAR-04 -- Integrated Coast Guard Systems partnership delivered the United States Coast Guard Cutter Matagorda (WPB 1303), to the Coast Guard during a March 5 ceremony at Bollinger Shipyards' Lockport, La., facility.
Dr. Philip A. Dur, president of Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE: NOC) Ship Systems sector and chairman of Integrated Coast Guard Systems; Fred P. Moosally, president, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Maritime Systems & Sensors and vice chairman of Integrated Coast Guard Systems; and Donald Boysie Bollinger, chairman of the board and president of Bollinger Shipyards were guest speakers at the event. U.S. Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Thomas H. Collins, delivered the keynote address.
The Matagorda and the recapitalized assets of the Deepwater Program will be central to the success of the Coast Guard of today and the future as we proudly live our mission of safeguarding sovereignty, security and safety of our nation, said Collins.
ICGS has a real opportunity to participate in this transformation by equipping Coast Guard men and women with state-of-the-art technology that will provide the Coast Guard with the best advantages available in the interception and engagement of threats to our security away from our own shores, said Dur. ICGS pledges continued progress, performance, and our accountability to you who are still on watch.
The Matagorda is a 123-foot Island Class Patrol Boat, the first of 49 Island Class 110-foot patrol boats to be refurbished in the $17 billion Coast Guard modernization program, known as Deepwater. The Matagorda's operational capabilities were upgraded as part of a 15-year service-life extension program. A new, 11-ton, 13-foot stern ramp and larger pilot house were fitted, about 900 square feet of the hull plating was replaced, berthing space was relocated for improved habitability, new propellers and larger rudders were installed, and a new mast was fabricated and installed. Additionally, a modern and robust Command, Control, Communications and Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) system was installed.
It was good to see Matagorda come back home to be modernized, said Bollinger. But I'm excited to see her go back to work in the world's waters after exceeding all performance criteria.
The work was performed by HBJV, a joint venture of Bollinger Shipyards LLC and VT Halter Marine, Inc of Gulfport, Miss. HBJV is a sub-contractor to Northrop Grumman Ships Systems, a partner in ICGS, a joint venture of Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin. In June 2002, the U.S. Coast Guard awarded the Deepwater contract to ICGS.
I'm proud of the ICGS team. Its accomplishments are nothing short of a re-invention of the Coast Guard's major vessels, aircraft, command and control systems, and logistics support systems, said Moosally. The end result of this journey will be a modernized fleet and an interconnected Coast Guard that will be the envy of the world.
About Integrated Deepwater System
IDS is a critical multi-year, multi-billion dollar program to modernize and replace the Coast Guard's aging ships and aircraft, and improve command and control and logistics systems. It is the largest recapitalization effort in the history of the Coast Guard.
IDS was developed to guarantee the nation's maritime homeland security with the capabilities to maximize the warning, detection and response time available to Homeland Security decisionmakers and to provide the necessary capabilities to execute those decisions. The Deepwater Program will provide capability and the capacity for the Coast Guard to meet Maritime Homeland Security missions that could occur in ports, waterways, coastal areas and extending seaward.
When complete, the interoperable IDS system will include three classes of new cutters and their associated small boats, a new fixed-wing manned aircraft fleet, a combination of new and upgraded helicopters, and both cutter-based and land-based unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). All of these highly capable assets are linked with Command, Control, Communications and Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems, and are supported by a new and far-reaching integrated logistics system.
About Integrated Coast Guard Systems
ICGS is a joint venture of Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin. ICGS was awarded the Deepwater contract in June, 2002. Headquartered in Rosslyn, VA, core leadership teams are located in Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Washington, DC.