Guest Post from RADM Gary Blore (CG-9), Assistant Commandant for Acquisition
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) today publicly released its report about its decision on the bid protest of the award of the Sentinel-class patrol boat. As I reported earlier this month, the GAO issued a bid protest decision on January 12 that upheld the U.S. Coast Guard's award of the Sentinel-class Patrol Boat to Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. I don't think I can overstate the importance to the Coast Guard of the GAO upholding this award. While we had every expectation the award would be upheld, in reviewing the GAO decision, I'm proud that the Coast Guard's efforts to reform acquisition processes have been demonstrated.
The 153-foot Sentinel-class patrol boat will replace the 110-foot Island-class patrol boats, which have reached the end of their 20-year service lives. This contract award is valued at $88 million. If all options are exercised, the Coast Guard could order as many as 34 cutters on this contract, for a total approximate contract value of $1.5 billion.