Frank DeBord
Chief, Naval Architecture Section
U.S. Coast Guard Surface Forces Logistics Center, Engineering Services Division

The U.S. Coast Guard operates approximately 1800 small boats.  Many of these are high-speed craft used for multiple missions including Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement and Port Security.  Most of these boats are based at coastal and inland Coast Guard Stations located throughout the United States.  However, a significant number are based onboard cutters and some are assigned to mobile units that are intended to be transported over land, by air or by ship.

This presentation will provide an overview of the missions for Coast Guard high-speed boats and a discussion of how required boat characteristics vary for the different types of operations.  Examples will be provided for four current new-boat programs including two shore-based boats and two cutter-based boats.  Requirements for each of these programs will be discussed and the resulting designs will be reviewed.  Finally, some of the lessons learned during these programs and previous programs will be discussed.


Background Information:    Frank DeBord

Frank DeBord is Chief of the Naval Architect Section at the U.S. Coast Guard Surface Forces Logistics Center, Engineering Services Division.  This Section is responsible for providing Naval Architecture Subject Matter Expertise for new boat procurements and sustainment of the existing fleet. Mr. DeBord is a licensed Professional Engineer with 35 years of experience completing experimental, analytical and numerical boat and ship design projects.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Ocean Engineering, both from the Stevens Institute of Technology.