Exail to provide advanced navigation capabilities to the US Coast Guard’s Keeper Class Buoy Tenders

Exail has been awarded a $2,244,009.00 contract by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) to replace obsolete gyrocompass systems on the 175-ft WLM Keeper Class Buoy Tenders. The contract includes Octans gyrocompasses and Netans Navigation Data Distribution Systems (NDDS) and covers a base year and nine options over a ten-year performance period.

This upgrade will provide the USCG Keeper Class Buoy Tenders with more precise and dependable navigation capabilities. Built on Exail’s advanced Fiber-Optic Gyroscope (FOG) technology, the Octans gyrocompass will ensure the vessels’ safety during critical naval operations by providing highly reliable and precise navigation data. Complementing Octans, the Netans Data Distribution system will facilitate the sharing of crucial navigation information across various onboard systems. Both systems will enhance the USCG crew’s decision-making capabilities, ultimately bringing safety and reliability to their naval operations.

The 175-foot keeper-class coastal buoy tenders are a new era in buoy tending. The keeper-class cutters serves a variety of Coast Guard missions.

“We are very pleased that the Octans gyrocompass system will be part of the Coast Guard’s upgrades to the Buoy Tender fleet” said Ted Curley, President and General Manager of Exail. “The supply of these gyrocompasses will add to the 100+ Exail navigation systems already operating in the USCG. It is a testament to our long-standing relationship with the USCG. We are grateful to them for once again placing their trust in the reliability and performance of our navigation solutions”.

With over 100+ Octans gyrocompass already equipping the USCG 87-ft Marine Protector Class and 100-ft Island Class Patrol Boats, this new contract reaffirms Exail commitment to providing advanced and reliable navigation solutions to the USCG and other naval and maritime customers worldwide.