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Currently, the country's maritime defence in the WPS is being provided by the BRP Gregorio del Pilar, a Hamilton Class Weather High Endurance Cutter.
The 378-foot high endurance cutters operating now were built in the 1960s and early 1970s and are "trying to get the job done.
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The service also has 12 high endurance cutters (378 feet long), 29 medium endurance cutters (210 to 270 feet long), 3 patrol coastal ships on loan from the Navy (179 feet long), about 82 patrol boats (87 to 110 feet long), approximately 38 buoy tenders (100 to 225 feet long), around 28 buoy and construction barges (65 to 225 feet long), 9 icebreaking tugboats (140 feet long), 11 harbor tugboats (65 feet long), and approximately 1,400 boats.
Upgrades to the entire 270-foot medium endurance cutter fleet of 13 ships will take place over the next six months, followed by upgrades to nine 378-foot high endurance cutters and 14 210-foot medium endurance cutters.
Without it, the operational effectiveness of the new National Security Cutter will be comparable to the Hamilton-class high endurance cutter it is intended to replace.
The first national security cutter has several new features not found on the 378-foot high endurance cutters, the largest of the service's legacy boats.
For example, USCGC Dallas, a 378-foot high endurance cutter, home ported in Charlestown, S.