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  • #16
    Looks very like the Armidales alright. Biggest difference seems to be the stern ramp for the RHIB on the USCG boat.


    • #17
      Interesting to see that the Captain and XO have to pass through the mess decks to access the bridge. That should keep the 'hooley nights' to a minimum!


      • #18
        Damen Stan Patrol 4708

        The Sentinel is based on the Damen 4708 design, here's a patrol craft built by damen for South Africa in 2004.


        • #19
          Ah yes, just like the UK Customs Cutters then. A good design.

          Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.


          • #20
            I read a protest has already been filed in relation to this selection.
            On September 26th, the Coast Guard awarded a contract to Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. for the detailed design and construction of the first Sentinel Class patrol boat, with options for up to 34 vessels. On October 7th, Marinette Marine Corporation filed a protest with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) challenging the source selection decision that led to award of this contract. As required by the Competition in Contract Act, the contracting officer stopped work on the contract. The GAO protest procedures will result in a decision on the protest within 100 days from protest filing.

            The Sentinel Class patrol boat construction contract represents an opportunity for a significant amount of future work (in excess of a billion dollars) and there were six proposals competing for the award. Particularly with this much potential work at stake, it is not unusual for a company whose proposal was not selected to challenge the source selection decision to GAO. While we are disappointed that the protest will cause a delay in getting needed patrol boats to the fleet, the ability to protest and challenge actions in federal procurements is an inherent part of ensuring the transparency and equity of the federal procurement system.

            In addition to the audit activities with which Coast Guard personnel may be familiar, GAO has a separate group of procurement law attorneys in its Bid Protest group, which provides an objective, independent review to ensure that procurements are conducted fairly and in accordance with applicable procurement related laws and regulations. In fiscal year 2007, 1,318 protests were filed government-wide with GAO. Before GAO will consider the merits of a protest, it first determines whether the challenge is proper in terms of GAO jurisdiction, issues for consideration, or time of presentation. If it doesn’t meet this standard, GAO can dismiss the protest and the agency action can resume. Otherwise, the protest will proceed in accordance with GAO regulations. The process entails collecting and reviewing of a large volume of documentation related to the procurement and allowing the parties to submit relevant information for consideration.

            After GAO has a complete record, it will render a written decision and either sustain or deny the protest. If the protest is sustained, GAO will recommend appropriate corrective action; if the protest is dismissed, the agency can proceed with the solicitation or the awarded contract. If you are interested in a more detailed understanding about the overall process, GAO has published “Bid Protests at GAO: A Descriptive Guide” at

            The Coast Guard Acquisition Directorate respects and supports the vital role GAO’s bid protest process plays in the process and is confident in the quality and rigor of the competitive procurement process which led to the Sentinel Class source selection decision. We look forward to moving ahead with this very important program.

            Claire Grady
            Head of Contracting Activity and
            Director of Contracting & Procurement

            By the way, I just realised the USCG have selected a European design for much of the Deepwater program:
            Eurocopter Helicopters(MH65)
            CN235MPA patrol aircraft(HC144)
            And now the Dutch Damen design for the FRC
            Any other European Influence? I know the USCG used A109s for a while too.

            Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.


            • #21
              Originally posted by Goldie fish View Post
              Ah yes, just like the UK Customs Cutters then. A good design.
              But the Sentinel will be bigger. The UK Customs Cutters are the Damen Stan Patrol 4207 design, same as the new cutters in Jamaica & Barbados.




              HMRC Vigilant

              Irish & UK Cutters together.


              • #22
                The look a lot like the Lurssen patrol / missile boats from the 1970s. Are Damen and Lurssen kinked?

                Lurssen seem to be doing a lot of work in the luxury market.
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