The U.S. Coast Guard accepted delivery of the 12th and final Long Range Interceptor II (LRI II) to Charleston, South Carolina, in April.
USCG Press Release
This program delivered an LRI II for each of the first nine National Security Cutters (NSCs) and a backup hull for each NSC home port – Charleston, South Carolina, Alameda, California and Honolulu.
LRIs are supported by the Surface Forces Logistics Center’s small craft product line as part of the Centralized Cutter Vessel Pooling Program. Through a coordinated cycle of preparing an LRI II for extended NSC patrols, the Surface Forces Logistics Center has significantly improved their readiness to operate, similar to the upgrades to Horizon IV (OTH IV ) through the pooling program.
Built by MetalCraft Marine US Inc. of Watertown, New York, the first delivery was completed in February 2013. Over the past eight years, the company has delivered LRIs, trailers and storage cradles to support maintenance and transport as well as crew familiarization training.
At 35 feet long with a semi-enclosed cabin for crew protection, significantly increased seating capacity, twin engines, a range of 240 nautical miles, a speed comparable to 40 knots and a large cargo capacity, the LRI II offers increased capacity that complements the two smaller, open-cockpit NSC OTHs.
The LRI II program was successful in meeting the NSC requirement of a large cutter with an above horizon capability and aft launch and retrieve. A new LRI III program is taking shape to support deliveries to NSC 10-11 and recapitalization of LRI II when they reach the end of their useful life.
Cutter boats deployed aboard the cutters facilitate the accomplishment of missions in almost any mission area, with an emphasis on search and rescue, drug and migrant interdiction, living marine resources, preparation for the defense and security of ports, waterways and coasts.