Newport to serve as home port for OPCs

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From the U.S. Coast Guard:

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Coast Guard announced Wednesday that Naval Station Newport, R.I., will be home to future offshore patrol cutters (OPCs).

“I am excited to announce the home-porting of two offshore patrol cutters at Naval Station Newport,” said Adm. Karl Schultz, commandant of the Coast Guard. “NAVSTA Newport provides strategic operational reach and significant logistics support to our service, helping secure our national interests in the Atlantic. I am grateful to the community and its leadership for their continued support of the U.S. Coast Guard and our families assigned to the region."

OPCs are the Coast Guard’s top acquisition priority and will provide the majority of the Coast Guard’s offshore presence, bridging the capabilities of the 418-foot national security cutters and the 154-foot fast response cutters. OPCs will conduct missions including law enforcement, drug and migrant interdiction, search and rescue, homeland security, and defense operations. Each OPC will be capable of deploying independently or as part of a task group, and be capable of serving as a mobile command and control (C2) platform for surge operations such as hurricane, mass migration, or other contingency response operations. 

By Professional Mariner Staff