According to a tweet published by Eastern Shipbuilding Group on July 12, 2022, the company successfully transferred Offshore Patrol Cutter (Heritage class cutter) Argus Hull 1 to launch position and shifted Hull 2 for the next phase of production at Berard Transportation.
The Heritage class is the newest class of cutters in the USCG (United States Coast Guard), bridging the capabilities of the Legend-class cutters and the Sentinel-class cutters. USCG plans to acquire a total of 25 Heritage-class OPC vessels.
The Heritage class has a length of 110m-long and has a beam and a draft of 16.0 m and 4.9 m respectively. The ship displacement is 4,520 tons. The stern flight deck of the vessel has a capacity for carrying an MH-60 or MH-65 helicopter.
Two MAN 16V28/33D STC marine diesel engines will drive two five-bladed controllable pitch propellers and power the Heritage-class cutter. She is able to reach a top speed of 24.5 knots (45.4 km/h) with a maximum cruising range of 10,200 nautical miles at (18,900 km) at 14 knots (26 km/h). The ship has a crew of 126 people and an endurance of 60 days.
The Heritage class is armed with one MK 110 57 mm gun a variant of the Bofors 57 mm gun and Gunfire Control System, one BAE Systems Mk 38 Mod 3 25 mm gun with 7.62 mm co-axial gun, two M2 Browning .50 caliber (12.7 mm) machine guns mounted on a MK 50 Stabilized Small Arms Mount (SSAM), four crew-served M2 Browning .50 caliber (12.7 mm) machine guns.