USCGC Richard Etheridge (WPC-1102)

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Moving the USCG Richard Etheridge to another mooring as her final equipment is added.
Pre-commissioning photo of the future
USCGC Richard Etheridge, moving to another mooring as her final equipment is added.
Name: USCGC Richard Etheridge (WPC-1102)
Namesake: Richard Etheridge
Operator: United States Coast Guard
Builder: Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, Louisiana
Launched: August 18, 2011
Acquired: May 26, 2012
Commissioned: August 3, 2012
General characteristics
Class and type: Sentinel-class cutter
Displacement: 353 long tons (359 t)
Length: 46.8 m (154 ft)
Beam: 8.11 m (26.6 ft)
Depth: 2.9 m (9.5 ft)
Propulsion: 2 × 4,300 kilowatts (5,800 shp)
1 × 75 kilowatts (101 shp) bow thruster
Speed: 28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph)
Endurance: 5 days, 2,500 nautical miles (4,600 km; 2,900 mi)
Designed to be on patrol 2,500 hours per year
Boats and landing
craft carried:
1 × Short Range Prosecutor RHIB
Complement: 2 officers, 20 crew
Sensors and
processing systems:
L-3 C4ISR suite
Armament: 1 × Mk 38 Mod 2 25 mm automatic gun
4 × crew-served Browning M2 machine guns
Sister ship Bernard C. Webber during her sea trials.

The USCGC Richard Etheridge is the second of the United States Coast Guard's Sentinel-class cutters. Like most of her sister ships she will replace a 110 feet (34 m) Island-class patrol boat.

The Richard Etheridge was launched in August 2011.[1]

The vessel was officially delivered to the Coast Guard on May 26, 2012, at Key West, Florida, and will be commissioned into service in Port Everglades, Florida, on August 3, 2012.[2][3]

The Richard Etheridge, and the first and third vessels in the class, the Bernard C. Webber, and the William Flores, will all be based in Miami, Florida.[4]

Like the other ships of her class the Richard Etheridge is named after a heroic enlisted member of the Coast Guard.

On March 18, 2014, the Richard Etheridge landed 1500 pounds of illicit drugs captured as part of Operation Martillo.[5]


  1. ^ "Bollinger Built Fast Response Cutter Undergoes Sea Trials". Maritime Executive. 2011-12-06. Retrieved 2011-12-13. The vessel, now known as BERNARD C. WEBBER, was launched on April 21 and first got underway on November 27th to begin builder’s trials. The builder’s trials will include pier side and underway machinery and equipment tests including propulsion, command control and navigation. After successful builder’s trials WEBBER will prepare for acceptance trails by the Coast Guard, prior to its January 2012 delivery.  mirror
  2. ^ "USCG: Acquisition Directorate Newsroom - Lead Fast Response Cutter Delivered to the Coast Guard". May 30, 2012. Retrieved July 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ Rhonda Carpenter (2012-11-05). "Coast Guard Commissions Third Fast Response Cutter, William Flores". Defense Media Network. Archived from the original on 2013-01-04. The first six FRCs for District 7 will be homeported in Miami; the next six in Key West; and the remaining six in Puerto Rico. 
  4. ^ "Acquisition Update: Second Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter Contract Option Awarded". United States Coast Guard. 2010-09-15. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  5. ^ "Coast Guard Seizes Cocaine and Marijuana". Maritime Executive. 2014-03-18. Retrieved 2014-03-19. Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Richard Etheridge, a 154-foot Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter homeported at Sector Miami, offload approximately 1,500 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated wholesale value of $23 million, in St. Petersburg, Fla., Monday, March 17, 2014.