USCGC Winslow W. Griesser

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Delivering Winslow Griesser.
History
United States
NameUSCGC Winslow Griesser
NamesakeWinslow W. Griesser
OperatorUnited States Coast Guard
BuilderBollinger Shipyards, Lockport, Louisiana
LaunchedDecember 23, 2015
AcquiredDecember 23, 2015[1]
CommissionedMarch 11, 2016[2]
HomeportSan Juan, Puerto Rico
Identification
Motto
  • Fortitudo illimitatae
  • (Strength without bounds)
Statusin active service
BadgeUSCGC Winslow Griesser (WPC 1116) 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)
Propulsion
  • 2 × 4,300 kilowatts (5,800 shp)
  • 1 × 75 kilowatts (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
Armament

USCGC Winslow Griesser (WPC-1116) was the sixteenth Sentinel-class cutter to be delivered.[3][4] She will be the fourth of six Sentinel-class vessels to be stationed in San Juan, Puerto Rico.[5] Bollinger shipyards delivered her to the United States Coast Guard, in Key West, Florida, on December 23, 2015.[1] After she completed her acceptance trials, she was commissioned on March 11, 2016.[2]

Operational history[edit]

The Winslow Griesser participated in the multi-nation training exercise known as Tradewinds 2017, in June 2017.[6][7]

Namesake[edit]

Like all the vessels in her class Winslow Griesser is named after an individual from the Coast Guard's past who has been recognized as a hero.[8][9] Winslow W. Griesser was the keeper of the United States Lifesaving Service's Buffalo Station, in 1900.[10] When he and his crew ventured out in stormy weather to rescue the crew of two scows they saw had overturned, their own surfboat overturned.[11] Nevertheless, Griesser and a companion tried to swim out, with a tow rope, to rescue survivors who were clinging tenuously to a pile. Griesser's companion was injured, and Griesser continued, alone. He reached the pile, and with great difficulty did rescue the sole remaining survivor. Griesser received a gold lifesaving medal to recognize his exceptional bravery in this rescue.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Acquisition Update: Sixteenth FRC Delivered To Coast Guard" (Press release). United States Coast Guard. 2015-12-24. Retrieved 2015-12-24.
  2. ^ a b "Coast Guard commissions Coast Guard Cutter Winslow Griesser". Coast Guard News. 2016-03-11. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
  3. ^ "Bollinger Delivers The CGC Winslow Griesser, The 16th Fast Response Cutter To The USCG - Wednesday, December 23, 2015". Bollinger shipyards. 2015-12-23. Archived from the original on 2016-03-07. Retrieved 2016-03-02. The 154 foot patrol craft WINSLOW GRIESSER is the 16th vessel in the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class FRC program.
  4. ^ "US Coast Guard receives 16th fast response cutter". Naval Today. Retrieved 2016-03-02. The Coast Guard is acquiring 58 FRCs to replace the 110-foot Island-class patrol boats. The FRCs are designed for missions including drug and migrant interdiction; ports, waterways and coastal security; search and rescue; and national defense.
  5. ^ "Coast Guard accepts delivery of fast response cutter Winslow Griesser". Coast Guard News. 2015-12-28. Retrieved 2016-03-02. Fourteen FRCs are in service: six in Miami; six in Key West, Florida; and two in San Juan. The 15th FRC, the Joseph Napier, was delivered in October and is scheduled for commissioning in San Juan in January 2016.
  6. ^ Renee Seruntine (2017-06-08). "Connecticut resident participates in Caribbean exercise Tradewinds". St. Michael, Barbados: Defense video imagery distribution system. Retrieved 2017-06-10. Seaman Mia Mauro and Petty Officer 2nd Class John Leo, both stationed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Winslow Griesser, prepare for a joint gunnery exercise during Tradewinds 2017 off the coast of Bridgetown, Barbados, June 8, 2017.
  7. ^ Melissa Leake (2017-06-09). "Coast Guard Cutter Winslow Griesser participates in Tradewinds 2017 joint gunnery exercise". Bridgetown, Barbados: Defense video imagery distribution system. Retrieved 2017-06-10. Seaman Mia Mauro and Petty Officer 2nd Class John Leo, both stationed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Winslow Griesser, prepare for a joint gunnery exercise during Tradewinds 2017 off the coast of Bridgetown, Barbados, June 8, 2017.
  8. ^ Stephanie Young (2010-10-27). "Coast Guard Heroes". United States Coast Guard. Archived from the original on 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
  9. ^ "Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Unveils Names of FRCs 16-25". US Coast Guard. 2014-02-27. Retrieved 2016-12-15. The Coast Guard recently announced the names of 10 Sentinel-Class Fast Response Cutters (WPCs 1116-1125) through a series of posts on its official blog, the Coast Guard Compass. Like the first 15 ships in the class, each ship will honor a Coast Guard enlisted hero.[dead link]
  10. ^ "Bollinger delivers FRC Winslow Griesser". Marine Log. 2015-12-23. Retrieved 2016-03-02. Winslow W. Griesser, Keeper of the Buffalo Life-Saving Station in New York, was awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal on February 23, 1901 for his heroic actions during a dramatic rescue on November 21, 1900.
  11. ^ Christopher Havern (2014-01-14). "Coast Guard Heroes: Winslow W. Griesser". US Coast Guard. Retrieved 2016-03-02. Once on the beach Griesser saw that a man from one of the scows was hanging onto a pile. As use of a boat was impracticable, Griesser decided to swim out with a line accompanied by a surfman.