USCGC William Flores (WPC-1103)
Launch of William Flores
|Builder:||Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, Louisiana|
|Launched:||29 November 2011|
|Commissioned:||3 November 2012|
|Class & 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 kW (5,800 shp)
1 × 75 kW (101 shp) bow thruster
|Speed:||28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph)|
|Endurance:||5 days, 2,500 nmi (4,600 km; 2,900 mi)
Designed to be on patrol 2,500 hours per year
|Boats & landing
|1 × Short Range Prosecutor RHIB|
|Complement:||2 officers, 20 crew|
|L-3 C4ISR suite|
|Armament:||1 × Mk 38 Mod 2 25 mm automatic gun
4 × Browning M2 .50 cal machine guns
Various small arms
Like her sister ships, she is equipped for coastal security patrols, interdiction of drug and people smugglers, and search and rescue. Like the smaller Marine Protector class she is equipped with a stern launching ramp. The ramp allows the deployment and retrieval of her high speed water-jet powered pursuit boat without first coming to a stop. She is capable of more than 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph) and armed with a remote controlled 25 millimetres (0.98 in) M242 Bushmaster autocannon; and four crew-served Browning M2 machine guns.
She is named after Seaman Apprentice William Ray Flores who died during the sinking of USCGC Blackthorn. At the cost of his own life Flores stayed aboard the capsizing cutter and used his belt to tie open a life jacket locker door. This action allowed life jackets to float on to the water as the cutter went down. He further distributed life jackets to shipmates in the water.  In November 2011 Flores was honored by having this third Coast Guard Sentinel-class cutter named after him.
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