USA: Bollinger Shipyards will deliver the first US Coast Guard Sentinel-class cutter in January 2011 to the Coast Guard District 7 in Miami.
‘Measuring 46.6 metres in length, the Sentinel-class cutter will be capable of speeds in excess of 28 knots and is based on the parent craft concept using a modern hull form, the Damen 4708, which has conducted operations similar to those the Sentinel-class cutter will perform. The new patrol boats will be capable of conducting US Coast Guard missions such as port, waterway and coastal security, fishery patrols, drug and illegal migrant law enforcement, search and rescue, and national defence operations. The new vessels will replace the aging Island-class cutters that are nearing the end of their service life. Tognum has recently been named as the single source integrator for the complete propulsion system of the vessels.