USCG National Security Cutter

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USCGC Bertholf WMSL-750.

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) National Security Cutter is one design among several new cutter designs developed as part of the Integrated Deepwater System Program.[1]

The cutter will have two rear-launching ramps, capable of each launching and retrieving a rigid-hull inflatable boat, without first stopping.[2][3] The RHIB will be used for intercepting suspect vessels, or for rescuing swimmers. Unlike smaller cutters, like the USCG Marine Protector, the National Security Cutter and the USCG Offshore Patrol Cutter will be able to launch and retrieve both the Short Range Prosecutor and the larger Long Range Interceptor. Both RHIBs are propelled by water jets.