Representatives from Integrated
Coast Guard Systems (ICGS)presented testimony on the Integrated
Deepwater System program before the House Committee on Transportation and
Leo Mackay, Lockheed Martin Coast Guard Systems vice president and
general manager, and James Anton, Northrop Grumman Ship Systems vice
president of Deepwater program, highlighted recent successes and outlined
ongoing progress throughout the program.
"The capabilities we are providing through Deepwater are already
enabling Coast Guard operational facilities and units, ashore and at sea,
to perform more effectively, providing increased readiness, enhanced
mission performance and a safer working environment," said Mackay.
"As Adm. Thad Allen has stated, both industry and the Coast Guard have
taken steps to improve management, oversight and performance to ensure that
the Deepwater program of tomorrow will be fundamentally better than the
Deepwater program of today," he said.
Mackay cited positive customer feedback regarding the nearly complete
HH-65 helicopter re-engining program, the successful legacy cutter command
and control upgrades, the recently opened National Security Cutter training
center, and continued deliveries of the HC-144A maritime patrol aircraft,
as examples of Deepwater accomplishments which are already making a
productive impact throughout the Coast Guard.
Anton highlighted progress in National Security Cutter construction.
"The National Security Cutter continues
to set new standards
in lead ship
quality and efficiency that routinely outperform other programs," he said.
Anton also confirmed that industry is actively applying lessons learned
across the board. "We are always working to improve the way ships are
built," he added. "We stand ready to work with the Coast Guard and Congress
to ensure that much needed Deepwater capabilities are delivered to the
He also responded specifically to the situation involving eight 123'
patrol boats which the Coast Guard plans to decommission.
"We agree with the Coast Guard's recent
announcement that significant
analyses have not predicted nor identified the specific cause to the issues
that have been experienced by the eight 123' vessels," said Anton. "ICGS
has and will continue to work with the Coast Guard in seeking to determine
the root cause of the issues and a path forward to assist the Coast Guard
with its mission needs."
The industry team again affirmed that program decisions are made with
continuous Coast Guard oversight and involvement and emphasized the
importance of government-industry partnership as the program has expanded
to meet the service's post-9/11 missions.
"The Deepwater program uses
the depth of capabilities and experience of
its industry partners to provide solutions in accordance with Coast Guard
requirements," said Mackay. "The results so far indicate that Deepwater has
made a difference in the effectiveness of the Coast Guard with regard to
numbers of drug seizures, migrant interdictions and lives saved."
Industry leaders acknowledged that the Integrated Deepwater System is
evolving, and they reaffirmed their commitment to work with the Coast Guard
to meet changing requirements.
"We remain dedicated to delivering maximum value, based on solid
analysis and proven design standards, to the customer," said Anton. "ICGS
remains ready to support the reorganization of the Coast Guard to ensure the contract meets its evolving needs and provides best value to the