Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport delivered the final ship in a series of Coast Guard cutters last week, reports Houma Today. The Clarence Sutphin is the sixth Bollinger-built cutter destined for Manama, Bahrain, to support U.S. interests in southwest Asia and the Middle East.
It’s the 170th vessel the company has delivered to the Coast Guard over a 35-year period and the 47th Fast Response Cutter completed under the current program, which started in 2008.
Each cutter costs about $65 million, and the entire program will cost the Coast Guard more than $3.7 billion, federal records show. The cutters replace the 110-foot Island Class Patrol Boats built by Bollinger 30 years ago. Read the entire story.