USCGC Forrest Rednour

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History
United States
Name: Forrest Rednour
Namesake: Forrest Rednour
Operator: United States Coast Guard
Builder: Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, Louisiana
Launched: June 7, 2018
Acquired: June 7, 2018[1]
Homeport: San Pedro, California
Identification:
Status: in active service
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 kW (5,800 shp)
  • 1 × 75 kW (101 shp) bow thruster
Speed: 28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph)
Range: 2,500 nautical miles (4,600 km; 2,900 mi)
Endurance: 5 days
Boats & landing
craft carried:
1 × Cutter Boat - Over the Horizon Interceptor
Complement: 4 officers, 20 crew
Sensors and
processing systems:
L-3 C4ISR suite
Armament:

USCGC Forrest Rednour (WPC-1129) is the 29th Sentinel-class cutter built for the United States Coast Guard.[2] She is the first of the four vessels of her class to be home-ported in San Pedro, California. Other sister ships have been based in Florida, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, New Jersey, North Carolina, Hawaii and Alaska.[3] But Forrest Rednour is the first to be homeported on the west coast of the lower 48 states. The vessel will be homeported at a base near Los Angeles' Terminal Island.[4] Three sister ships will join her, at this base.

Design[edit]

Like her sister ships, Forrest Rednour is designed to perform search and rescue missions, port security, and the interception of smugglers.[5] She is armed with a remotely-controlled, gyro-stabilized 25 mm autocannon, four crew served M2 Browning machine guns, and light arms. She is equipped with a stern launching ramp, that allows her to launch or retrieve a water-jet propelled high-speed auxiliary boat, without first coming to a stop. Her high-speed boat has over-the-horizon capability, and is useful for inspecting other vessels, and deploying boarding parties.

Operational history[edit]

Forrest Rednour arrived at Los Angeles on August 13, 2018.[4]

Namesake[edit]

In 2010, Charles "Skip" W. Bowen, who was then the United States Coast Guard's most senior non-commissioned officer, proposed that all 58 cutters in the Sentinel class should be named after enlisted sailors in the Coast Guard, or one of its precursor services, who were recognized for their heroism.[6][7][8] In 2015 the Coast Guard announced that Forrest Rednour would be the namesake of the 29th cutter.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Coast Guard Accepts 29th Fast Response Cutter" (Press release). United States Coast Guard. 2018-06-07. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  2. ^ "USCGC Forrest Rednour Delivered to U.S. Coast Guard". Maritime Executive. 2018-06-07. Retrieved 2018-06-08. This will be the first of four FRC’s to be stationed in San Pedro, CA.
  3. ^ "US Coast Guard receives 29th FRC 'Forrest Rednour'". Naval Today. 2018-06-08. Retrieved 2018-06-08. The Coast Guard has ordered 44 of the 58 FRCs planned. Twenty-seven are in service: 12 in Florida, six in Puerto Rico, two in Alaska, two in New Jersey, two in Mississippi, two in Hawaii and now one in North Carolina.
  4. ^ a b Gidget Fuentes (2018-08-13). "First in a Quartet of New Coast Guard Cutters Arrive in Los Angeles". US Naval Institute. Retrieved 2018-08-13. The Coast Guard plans to homeport three more fast response cutters at the base, located on Terminal Island in San Pedro, and each will be commissioned into service by next summer. The cutters will operate throughout the 11th Coast Guard District, which covers California and the international waters off Mexico and Central America.
  5. ^ "FRC Plan B: The Sentinel Class". Defense Industry Daily. 2014-05-02. Archived from the original on 2014-07-07. Retrieved 2014-04-03. All of these boats will be named after enlisted Coast Guard heroes, who distinguished themselves in USCG or military service. The first 25 have been named, but only 8 have been commissioned...
  6. ^ "Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Reveals Names of FRCs 26-35". US Coast Guard. 2015-02-27. Retrieved 2017-03-25. The Coast Guard recently announced the names of the 26th through 35th Sentinel-class fast response cutters through a series of posts on its official blog, the Coast Guard Compass.
  7. ^ Susan Schept (2010-03-22). "Enlisted heroes honored". United States Coast Guard. Archived from the original on 2011-12-03. Retrieved 2013-02-01. After the passing of several well-known Coast Guard heroes last year, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Charles "Skip" Bowen mentioned in his blog that the Coast Guard does not do enough to honor its fallen heroes.
  8. ^ "U.S. Coast Guard announces name for first Sentinel-class cutter". 2010-03-22. Retrieved 2013-02-01. Previously designated to be named the Coast Guard Cutter Sentinel, the cutter Bernard C. Webber will be the first of the service's new 153-foot patrol cutters. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen approved the change of the cutter's name to allow this class of vessels to be named after outstanding enlisted members who demonstrated exceptional heroism in the line of duty. This will be the first class of cutters to be named exclusively for enlisted members of the Coast Guard and its predecessor services.