b'MEMBER NEWSMEMBER NEWS Eastern Shipbuilding Group to BuildFourth U.S. Coast Guard OPCT he U.S. Coast Guard has awarded PVA member Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) a $325.06 million contract modification to begin construction of the fourth heritage class offshore patrol cutter (OPC), the future USCGC Rush (WMSM 918). ESG, in collaboration with its partners, was awardeddetaildesignandconstructionof the first hulls in 2016. The new OPC designs reflect cutting-edge technology and will replace the services 270 and 210 medium endurance cutters, which are becoming increasingly ex-pensive to maintain and operate.This follow-on award signifies the OPC team and our partners continue to provide quality craftsmanshipandunparalleledservice.We have a focused vision to support the OPC pro-gram with shipbuilding excellence and providechallenges. The first three OPCs are currently inoffer a more capable vessel than legacy assets the country with a long-term industrial capa- production at ESGs shipyard in Panama City,currently in service. The innovations built into bility that can produce exceptional vessels thatFla. It expects to christen the first vessel this year,the OPCs were designed for sustainability and support national security interests, said ESGis nearly halfway through completion of the sec- endurance. We thank the hundreds of partners President Joey DIsernia. ond vessel, and will host the keel authenticationandemployeesinthethirty-fourstatessup-of the third OPC in a few weeks.porting us in this effort, continued DIsernia.As the prime contractor, ESG says it has success-fully achieved program goals and mitigated theWeutilizedstate-of-the-markettechnology,Construction is taking place at ESGs Nelson impacts of COVID-19 and current supply chaindesign,andconstructionmethodologiestoStreet Shipyard, a facility optimized for multi-hull construction of the offshore patrol cutter and dedicated to supporting the Coast Guard.ESG survived the third largest U.S. hurricane in 2018 and has fully rebuilt its operational facil-ities. The company made infrastructure invest-ments from state appropriations and economic development grants that benefit the OPC proj-ect with enhanced manufacturing capabilities and efficiencies that reduce cost and schedule risk. Investments include an aluminum fabri-cation facility specifically designed to supportPHOTO COURTESY OF EASTERN SHIPBUILDING GROUPfull construction of the OPC aluminum super-structure in a covered and controlled environ-ment. ESG has completed launch way upgrades, upland bulkhead upgrades, construction platen expansions, and waterway deepening projects to enhance their capability to launch and deliver two OPC-sized vessels per year.At its Allanton Shipyard, ESG has constructed a C5ISR production facility to conduct testing andintegrationofnavigation,communica-tion, and command and control equipment, andsimulatorsonpremisespriortofinal installation on the vessel.FOGHORN 30'