Change the color of steel-hulled CG Cutters (which are currently Black, White and Red hulls) to one uniformed color hull - propose a Dark Blue Hull with Silver Flake (everyone enjoys a little shine) color schemed hull keeping the internationally recognized Orange Stripe and adding a white stripe (vice the current light blue). This color change could be accomplished during scheduled drydock cycles of all Coast Guard cutters over the next couple of years and would serve to eliminate and/or significantly reduce the unnecessary cleaning of the white hulled cutters (which is often contracted out at significant cost due to safety and crewing constraints particularly on the newer modernized vessels). This new color scheme would serve to unify the Coast Guard's Homeland Security fleet and also serve to increase stealth to the current white hulled fleet downrange in counternarcotic, immigration, homeland defense and security, and defense operations. This paint scheme change would unify the fleet, instill pride, significantly decrease costs in preservation (painting/maintenance/cleaning) currently estimated at $1.82 a square foot...which adds up quickly when dealing with cutters that have tens of thousands of square feet. The Coast Guard has optimally crewed our cutters but continues to bleed money to maintain a sharp, professional, and seamanlike appearance.
Idea No. 11719