USCGC Richard Etheridge

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Moving the USCG Richard Etheridge to another mooring.jpg
Pre-commissioning photo of the future
USCGC Richard Etheridge, moving to another mooring as her final equipment is added.
United States
NameUSCGC Richard Etheridge
NamesakeRichard Etheridge
OperatorUnited States Coast Guard
BuilderBollinger Shipyards, Lockport, Louisiana
LaunchedAugust 18, 2011
AcquiredMay 26, 2012[1]
CommissionedAugust 3, 2012[2]
MottoIn behalf of humanity
Statusin active service
BadgeUSCGC Richard Etheridge (WPC 1102) CoA.jpg
General characteristics
Class and typeSentinel-class cutter
Displacement353 long tons (359 t)
Length46.8 m (154 ft)
Beam8.11 m (26.6 ft)
Depth2.9 m (9.5 ft)
  • 2 × 4,300 kW (5,800 shp)
  • 1 × 75 kW (101 shp) bow thruster
Speed28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph)
Range2,500 nautical miles (4,600 km; 2,900 mi)
Endurance5 days
Boats & landing
craft carried
1 × Short Range Prosecutor RHIB
Complement2 officers, 20 crew
Sensors and
processing systems
L-3 C4ISR suite
Sister ship Bernard C. Webber during her sea trials.

USCGC Richard Etheridge is the second of the United States Coast Guard's Sentinel-class cutters. Like most of her sister ships she replaced a 110-foot (34 m) Island-class patrol boat. Richard Etheridge was launched in August 2011.[3]

The vessel was officially delivered to the Coast Guard on May 26, 2012, at Key West, Florida,[1] and was commissioned into service in Port Everglades, Florida, on August 3, 2012.[2][4]

Richard Etheridge, and the first and third vessels in the class, Bernard C. Webber, and William Flores, are all based in Miami, Florida.[5]

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

Operational history[edit]

On March 18, 2014, Richard Etheridge landed 1,500 pounds (680 kg) of illicit drugs captured as part of Operation Martillo.[6]


Richard Etheridge is named after Keeper Richard Etheridge of the U.S. Life-Saving Service, the first African-American to command a life-saving station. Etheridge led the Pea Island Lifesaving Station crew of six in a daring rescue operation that saved the entire crew of the schooner E.S. Newman, which had become grounded in a treacherous storm in 1896.


The Sentinel-class cutters were designed to replace the shorter 110 feet (34 m) Island-class patrol boats.[7] Richard Etheridge is with a remote-control 25 mm Bushmaster autocannon and four, crew-served M2HB .50-caliber machine guns. It has a bow thruster for maneuvering in crowded anchorages and channels. It also has small underwater fins for coping with the rolling and pitching caused by large waves. It is equipped with a stern launching ramp, like the Marine Protector class and the eight failed expanded Island-class cutters. It has a complement of twenty-two crew members. Like the Marine Protector class, and the cancelled extended Island-class cutters, the Sentinel-class cutters deploy the Short Range Prosecutor rigid-hulled inflatable (SRP or RHIB) in rescues and interceptions.[8] According to Marine Log, modifications to the Coast Guard vessels from the Stan 4708 design include an increase in speed from 23 to 28 knots (43 to 52 km/h; 26 to 32 mph), fixed-pitch rather than variable-pitch propellers, stern launch capability, and watertight bulkheads.[9]

Richard Etheridge has an overall length of 153 feet 6 inches (46.79 m), a beam of 25 feet (7.6 m), and a displacement of 325 long tons (330 t; 364 short tons). Its draft is 9 feet 6 inches (2.90 m) and it has a maximum speed of over 28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph). The Sentinel-class cutters have endurances of five days and a range of 2,950 nautical miles (3,390 mi; 5,460 km).[7]


  1. ^ a b "Second Fast Response Cutter Delivered to the Coast Guard" (Press release). United States Coast Guard. 2012-05-30. Retrieved 2012-05-30.
  2. ^ a b "Coast Guard commissions 2nd Fast Response Cutter at Port Everglades". Coast Guard News. 2012-08-04. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  3. ^ "Bollinger Built Fast Response Cutter Undergoes Sea Trials". Maritime Executive. 2011-12-06. Archived from the original on 2012-03-25. 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.
  4. ^ Rhonda Carpenter (2012-11-05). "Coast Guard Commissions Third Fast Response Cutter, William Flores". Defense Media Network. Archived from the original on 2013-03-24. 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.
  5. ^ "Acquisition Update: Second Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter Contract Option Awarded". United States Coast Guard. 2010-09-15. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ a b "Fast Response Cutter" (PDF). United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Short Range Prosecutor (SRP)". Integrated Deepwater System Program. Retrieved 2007-09-01.
  9. ^ "Bollinger awarded potential $1.5 billion FRC contract". Marine Log. 2009-09-26. Archived from the original on 2010-01-04.