The first Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter (FRC), USCGC Bernard C. Webber.
|Operators:||United States Coast Guard|
|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)|
|Speed:||28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph)|
|Boats & landing
|1 × Cutter Boat - Over the horizon - Jet-drive|
|Complement:||4 officers, 20 crew|
The Sentinel-class cutter, also known as Fast Response Cutter due to its program name, is part of the United States Coast Guard's Deepwater program. At 46.8 metres (154 ft) it is similar to, but larger than the eight unseaworthy 123-foot (37 m) lengthened 1980s-era 110-foot Island-class patrol boats, like USCGC Matagorda taken out of service in December 2006. Up to 58 vessels are to be built by the Louisiana-based firm Bollinger Shipyards, using a design from the Netherlands-based Damen Group, with the Sentinel design based on the company's Damen Stan 4708 patrol vessel.
Planning and acquisition
On March 14, 2007, United States Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen announced that the USCG had withdrawn a contract from Bollinger for the construction of a new class of vessels, but had not entirely cancelled the program. The new program would focus more on existing "off-the-shelf" technology.
On September 26, 2008, Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport, Louisiana, United States, was awarded US$88 million to build a prototype. The vessel would be the first of a series of 24-34 46.8-meter (154 ft) cutters built to a design largely based on the Damen Stan 4708 patrol vessels from the Netherlands firm the Damen Group. The South African government operates three similar 154 ft Lillian Ngoyi-class vessels for environmental and fishery patrol.
The first cutter, USCGC Bernard C. Webber, and all future Sentinel-class vessels would be named after enlisted Coast Guard heroes. Bernard C. Webber was launched on Thursday, April 21, 2011, and commissioned on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the Port of Miami.
Bernard C. Webber, and five sister ships, are stationed in Miami, Florida. The second cohort of six vessels is homeported in Key West, Florida, while the third cohort of six vessels is homeported in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
On September 26, 2013, Marine Link reported that the Coast Guard had placed orders with Bollinger Shipyards for additional cutters, bringing the number of such cutters ordered by then to thirty. As of June 23, 2016, eight more for a total of 38 FRCs have been ordered, 17 are in service, with six in Miami, Florida; six in Key West, Florida; and five in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The 18th fast response cutter, Joseph Tezanos, was delivered to the Coast Guard in Key West, Florida, on June 22, 2016. That cutter will be the sixth stationed in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and will complete the USCG complement there.
The vessels will perform various Coast Guard missions which include but are not limited to PWCS (Ports, Waterways, and Coastal Security), Defense Operations, Maritime Law Enforcement (Drug/migrant interdiction and other Law Enforcement), Search and Rescue, Marine Safety, and environment protection.
Design and construction
The vessels are armed with a remote-control 25 mm Bushmaster autocannon and four crew-served M2HB .50-caliber machine guns. They have a bow thruster for maneuvering in crowded anchorages and channels. They also have small underwater fins, for coping with the rolling and pitching caused by large waves. They are equipped with a stern launching ramp, like the Marine Protector-class and the eight failed expanded Island-class cutters. They are manned by a crew of 22. The Fast Response Cutter deploys the 26'Cutter Boat - Over the Horizon (OTH-IV) for rescues and interceptions. 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. The vessels are built to ABS High Speed Naval Craft rules and some parts of the FRC also comply to ABS Naval Vessel Rules. The vessels meet NAVSEA standards for two compartment damaged stability and also meet the Intact and Damage Stability and reserve buoyancy requirements in accordance with the “Procedures Manual for Stability Analyses of U.S. Navy Small Craft". The vessels have space, weight, and power reserved for future requirements which includes weapons and their systems.
On September 26, 2008, Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport, Louisiana, was awarded US$88 million to build the prototype first vessel in its class. That vessel became USCGC Bernard C. Webber, which is the first of 58 planned Sentinel-class cutters to go into the U.S. Coast Guard fleet to replace their remaining 37 aging, 1980s-era 110 ft Island-class patrol boats.
On February 7, 2013, the Department of Homeland Security requested tenders from third party firms to independently inspect the cutters, during their construction, and their performance trials.
On July 24, 2014, it was announced that the U.S. Coast Guard had exercised a $225 million option at Bollinger Shipyards for construction through 2017 of an additional six Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters (FRCs), bringing the total number of FRCs under contract with Bollinger to 30. Later that number was increased to 32 cutters.
On May 4, 2016, Bollinger Shipyards announced that the U.S. Coast Guard awarded it a new contract for building the final 26 Sentinel-class fast-response cutters. That brings to 58 the total number of FRCs that the USCG ordered from Bollinger. Acquiring the 58 cutters is expected to cost the federal government $3.8 billion — an average of about $65 million per cutter.
Prior to the deployment of the Marine Protector class, the Coast Guard decided that all its cutters, even its smallest, should be able to accommodate mixed sex crews, and the Sentinel-class cutters are also able to accommodate mixed sex crews. When Rollin A. Fritch was commissioned a profile in the Philadelphia Inquirer asserted off-duty crew members had access to satellite television broadcasts. The vessels come equipped with a desalinization unit.
|Bernard C. Webber||WPC-1101||Bollinger Shipyards||2011-04-21||2012-04-14||Miami, FL||in active service|
|Richard Etheridge||WPC-1102||Bollinger Shipyards||2011-08-18||2012-08-03||Miami, FL||in active service|
|William Flores||WPC-1103||Bollinger Shipyards||2011-11-10||2012-11-03||Miami, FL||in active service|
|Robert Yered||WPC-1104||Bollinger Shipyards||2012-11-23||2013-02-17||Miami, FL||in active service|
|Margaret Norvell||WPC-1105||Bollinger Shipyards||2013-01-13||2013-06-01||Miami, FL||in active service|
|Paul Clark||WPC-1106||Bollinger Shipyards||2013-05-18||2013-08-24||Miami, FL||in active service|
|Charles David Jr.||WPC-1107||Bollinger Shipyards||2013-08-17||2013-11-16||Key West, FL||in active service|
|Charles W. Sexton||WPC-1108||Bollinger Shipyards||2013-12-10||2014-03-08||Key West, FL||in active service|
|Kathleen Moore||WPC-1109||Bollinger Shipyards||2014-03-28||2014-05-10||Key West, FL||In active service|
|Raymond Evans||WPC-1110||Bollinger Shipyards||2014-06-25||2014-09-06||Key West, FL||In active service|
|William Trump||WPC-1111||Bollinger Shipyards||2014-11-25||2015-01-24||Key West, FL||In active service|
|Isaac Mayo||WPC-1112||Bollinger Shipyards||2015-01-13||2015-03-28||Key West, FL||in active service|
|Richard Dixon||WPC-1113||Bollinger Shipyards||2015-04-14||2015-06-20||Puerto Rico||In active service|
|Heriberto Hernandez||WPC-1114||Bollinger Shipyards||2015-07-30||2015-10-16||Puerto Rico||In active service|
|Joseph Napier||WPC-1115||Bollinger Shipyards||2015-10-20||2016-01-29||Puerto Rico||In active service|
|Winslow W. Griesser||WPC-1116||Bollinger Shipyards||2015-12-23||2016-03-11||Puerto Rico||In active service|
|Donald Horsley||WPC-1117||Bollinger Shipyards||2016-03-05||2016-05-20||Puerto Rico||In active service|
|Joseph Tezanos||WPC-1118||Bollinger Shipyards||2016-06-22||2016-08-26||Puerto Rico||In active service|
|Rollin A. Fritch||WPC-1119||Bollinger Shipyards||2016-08-23||2016-11-19||Cape May, NJ||in active service|
|Lawrence O. Lawson||WPC-1120||Bollinger Shipyards||2016-10-20||2017-03-18||Cape May, NJ||in active service|
|John F. McCormick||WPC-1121||Bollinger Shipyards||2016-12-13||2017-04-12||Ketchikan, AK||in active service|
|Bailey T. Barco||WPC-1122||Bollinger Shipyards||2017-02-07||2017-06-14||Ketchikan, AK||in active service|
|Benjamin B. Dailey||WPC-1123||Bollinger Shipyards||2017-04-20||2017-07-04||Pascagoula, MS||in active service|
|Oliver F. Berry||WPC-1124||Bollinger Shipyards||2017-06-27||2017-10-31||Honolulu, HI||in active service|
|Jacob L. A. Poroo||WPC-1125||Bollinger Shipyards||2017-09-05||2017-12-08||Pascagoula, MS||sea trials|
|Joseph Gerczak||WPC-1126||Bollinger Shipyards|||
|Richard T. Snyder||WPC-1127||Bollinger Shipyards|
|Nathan Bruckenthal||WPC-1128||Bollinger Shipyards|
|Forrest O. Rednour||WPC-1129||Bollinger Shipyards|
|Robert G. Ward||WPC-1130||Bollinger Shipyards|
|Terrell Horne III||WPC-1131|
|Benjamin A. Bottoms||WPC-1132||Bollinger Shipyards|
|Joseph O. Doyle||WPC-1133||Bollinger Shipyards|
|William C. Hart||WPC-1134||Bollinger Shipyards|
|Angela McShan||WPC-1135||Bollinger Shipyards||named|
|Daniel Tarr||WPC-1136||Bollinger Shipyards||named|
|Edgar Culbertson||WPC-1137||Bollinger Shipyards||named|
|Harold Miller||WPC-1138||Bollinger Shipyards||named|
|Myrtle Hazard||WPC-1139||Bollinger Shipyards||named|
|Oliver Henry||WPC-1140||Bollinger Shipyards||named|
|Charles Moulthrop||WPC-1141||Bollinger Shipyards||named|
|Robert Goldman||WPC-1142||Bollinger Shipyards||named|
|Frederick Hatch||WPC-1143||Bollinger Shipyards||named|
|Glenn Harris||WPC-1144||Bollinger Shipyards||named|
|Emlen Tunnell||WPC-1145||Bollinger Shipyards||named|
|John Scheuerman||WPC-1146||Bollinger Shipyards||named|
|Clarence Sutphin||WPC-1147||Bollinger Shipyards||named|
|Pablo Valent||WPC-1148||Bollinger Shipyards||named|
|Douglas Denman||WPC-1149||Bollinger Shipyards||named|
|William Chadwick||WPC-1150||Bollinger Shipyards||named|
|Warren Deyampert||WPC-1151||Bollinger Shipyards||named|
|Maurice Jester||WPC-1152||Bollinger Shipyards||named|
|John Patterson||WPC-1153||Bollinger Shipyards||named|
|William Sparling||WPC-1154||Bollinger Shipyards||named|
On February 10, 2015, the USCG solicited vendors to bid to provide temporary lodging services for USCG Pre-Commissioning crews in Lockport for each of 19 specific cutters to be launched for 19 specific date periods per vessel from April 19, 2015, out through December 28, 2018.
Press coverage of the vessels' operational histories suggests they have been effective at interdicting refugees who resort to dangerous overloaded small boats, and effective at capturing drug smugglers.
The cutters have also intercepted smugglers carrying large shipments of drugs. In February 2017 Joseph Napier intercepted a shipment of over 4 tons of cocaine, reported to be the largest drug-bust in the Atlantic Ocean since 1999.
Additionally, cutters are given tasks like looking for shipping containers full of toxic cargo that have fallen from container ships, as USCGC Margaret Norvell did in December 2015, when 25 containers fell from the barge Columbia Elizabeth. Similarly, Charles Sexton helped search for the freighter El Faro when she was lost at sea during Hurricane Joaquin in October 2015.
Charles "Skip" W. Bowen, who was then the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, is credited with leading the initiative of naming the vessels after enlisted rank individuals who served heroically in the Coast Guard, or one of its precursor services. Originally the first vessel of the class was to be named USCGC Sentinel.
In October 2010 the Coast Guard named the first fourteen individuals the vessels will be named after, and has provided biographies of them. They are: Bernard C. Webber, Richard Etheridge, William Flores, Robert Yered, Margaret Norvell, Paul Clark, Charles David Jr, Charles Sexton, Kathleen Moore, Joseph Napier, William Trump, Isaac Mayo, Richard Dixon, Heriberto Hernandez. A second group of eleven names was announced on April 2, 2014.
In 2013 the name of Joseph Napier was reassigned to WPC-1115 when WPC-1110 was named after the recently deceased Commander Raymond Evans. The other ten new namesakes were: Winslow W. Griesser, Richard H. Patterson, Joseph Tezanos, Rollin A. Fritch, Lawrence O. Lawson, John F. McCormick, Bailey T. Barco, Benjamin B. Dailey, Donald H. Horsley, and Jacob L. A. Poroo. The 17th cutter (ex-USCGC Richard H. Patterson) was renamed as Donald H. Horsley after request of the Patterson Family, and the 24th cutter (ex-USCGC Donald H. Horsley) then was renamed as Oliver F. Berry.
On July 30, 2014, Coast Guard Commandant, Paul Zukunft, announced that the Coast Guard would name an additional cutter after Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne, the first Coast Guard member to be murdered in the line of duty since 1927.
In February, 2015, the Coast Guard publicized ten more names tentatively assigned to cutters 26 through 35. They were: Joseph Gerczak, Richard T. Snyder, Nathan Bruckenthal, Forrest O. Rednour, Robert G. Ward, Terrell Horne III, Benjamin A. Bottoms, Joseph O. Doyle, William C. Hart, and Oliver F. Berry.
On December 12, 2017, the Coast Guard announced the named of the 35th through 54th cutters. The twenty namesakes are: Angela McShan, Daniel Tarr, Edgar Culbertson, Harold Miller, Myrtle Hazard, Oliver Henry, Charles Moulthrop, Robert Goldman, Frederick Hatch, Glenn Harris, Emlen Tunnell, John Scheuerman, Clarence Sutphin, Pablo Valent, Douglas Denman, William Chadwick, Warren Deyampert, Maurice Jester, John Patterson, William Sparling.
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In December 2006, the Coast Guard discovered that a ship upgrade program made their modified ships structurally unsound and subject to breaking up in heavy seas. All eight of the modified 123 foot cutters (as coast guard ships are called) have been removed from service after cracks were found in the hull and decks. The 123 foot "Island Class" ships used to be 110 feet long and displace 154 tons. After 13 feet were added to the hull length and a stern ramp was added, ship displacement went to 166 tons.
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With six cutters operating out of Miami, Florida, and six based in Key West, plus the two in San Juan, the USCG has 14 FRCs in service.
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The U.S. Coast Guard is bringing its new $88 million 154-foot patrol boat to Miami, the first of 58 to be put into the fleet replacing the old patrol boats starting with six in Miami then six in Key West.
- Mickey McCracker (2013-02-07). "Coast Guard Looks for Small Biz to Support Design Review of Fast Response Cutters". Homeland Security Today. Archived from the original on 2013-02-08.
The Coast Guard asked disadvantaged small businesses, classified as 8(a) businesses, to bid on providing engineering support both in Lockport and at USCG Headquarters in Washington, DC, for a period of two years by Feb. 13.
- Jacqueline L. Urgo (2016-11-19). "Coast Guard to get 'game changer' cutter to save lives and catch criminals". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2016-11-19.
Although the cutter is far from luxurious, its crew quarters provide slightly more room and comfort than earlier models, with larger staterooms, more toilets and sinks, greater storage space, and DirecTV access in the mess areas.
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The Administration requested two FRCs in FY 2013. The House of Representatives added funding for two additional FRCs, while the Senate added two more, intending to procure a total of six cutters in FY 2013. The purpose of this increase was to take advantage of economies of scale. DHS should work with Congress to ensure that funding for the FRC program continues, so that the fleet can enter service quickly and efficiently.
- "Cutter Richard Etheridge in commission". USCG. 2012-08-03. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Richard Etheridge reveal the ship's name placard during the cutter's commissioning.
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The William Flores' location of the commissioning honored the history of the cutter’s namesake. On the night of Jan. 28, 1980, Coast Guard Seaman William “Billy” Flores, 18, died while assisting his shipmates after the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn, collided with a large merchant vessel in the Tampa Bay ship channel.
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- Adam Linhardt (2013-04-03). "Newest, fastest cutters on the way: All 58 ships will pass through Key West, Coast Guard says". Key West: Key News. Archived from the original on 2013-04-24.
Of those 58, six will stay in Key West: the Charles David, Charles Sexton, Kathleen Moore, Joseph Napier, William Trump and Isaac Mayo, one arriving every three months.
- "Bollinger Deliver Fifth Fast Response Cutter". Marine Link. 2013-03-25. Archived from the original on 2013-03-27.
The 154 foot patrol craft 'Margaret Norvell' is the fifth vessel in the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class FRC program. To build the FRC, Bollinger Shipyards used a proven, in-service parent craft design based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708.
- "Commissioning ceremony for Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell". Coast Guard News. 2013-05-30. Archived from the original on 2013-05-31. Retrieved 2013-05-31.
- "Fast Response Cutter, Paul Clark, named after WWII hero, delivered to Coast Guard". Government Security News. 2013-05-22. Archived from the original on 2013-05-31. Retrieved 2013-05-31.
The Coast Guard accepted delivery of Paul Clark, the sixth vessel in the Coast Guard’s Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter (FRC) recapitalization project on May 18 in Key West, FL.
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The first of six brand spanking new 154-foot Sentinel-class ships called Fast Response Cutters is set to arrive on Aug. 17 in Key West and crews of the new vessels are arriving to train.
- "Bollinger Shipyards delivers seventh Sentinel Class cutter". Lockport, Louisiana: Marine Log. 2013-08-20. Archived from the original on 2013-08-20. Retrieved 2013-08-20.
The 154-foot patrol craft Charles David Jr. is the seventh vessel in the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class FRC program. To build the FRC, Bollinger Shipyards used a proven, in-service parent craft design based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708. It has a flank speed of 28 knots, state of the art command, control, communications and computer technology, and a stern launch system for the vessels 26 foot cutter boat. The FRC has been described as an operational “game changer,” by senior Coast Guard officials.
- Keith Magill (2013-08-20). "Bollinger delivers latest Coast Guard cutter". Daily Comet. Archived from the original on 2013-08-21. Retrieved 2013-08-21.
The 154-foot Charles David Jr. was delivered Friday to the 7th Coast Guard District in Key West, Fla., where it will be commissioned in November.
- Sean Kinney (2013-11-13). "First of six new Keys Coast Guard cutters is commissioned Saturday". Key News. Archived from the original on 2013-11-14. Retrieved 2013-11-14.
With commissioning set for Saturday of the fast-response cutter Charles David Jr., U.S. Coast Guard Sector Key West will take the first step in a two-year overhaul of the locally homeported fleet.
- Jed Lipinski (2013-12-10). "Bollinger delivers eighth Fast-Response Cutter to U.S. Coast Guard". Lockport, Louisiana: New Orleans Times Picayune. Archived from the original on 2013-12-11. Retrieved 2013-12-11.
The vessel was delivered to the 7th Coast Guard District in Key West, Fla., where the Coast Guard expects to commission it in March 2014.
- "Coast Guard's Eighth FRC Enters Service". Marine Link. 2014-03-14. Archived from the original on 2014-03-15.
Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton was commissioned into service March 8 at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla. The Sexton is the second of six Fast Response Cutters to be homeported in Key West, and the eighth vessel to be delivered through the Coast Guard’s Sentinel-class FRC recapitalization project.
- "Bollinger Delivers 9th USCG Fast Response Cutter". Marine Link. 2014-03-28. Archived from the original on 2014-03-28.
The Coast Guard took delivery on March 28, 2014 in Key West, Florida and is scheduled to commission the vessel in Key West, Florida during May, 2014.
- Originally was to be named the Joseph Napier, but, in 2013, the number was reassigned to the recently deceased Commander Raymond Evans. WPC-1115 became the Joseph Napier.
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The Coast Guard took delivery on June 25, 2014 in Key West, Florida and is scheduled to commission the vessel in Key West, Florida during September, 2014.
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Be a SPONSOR of the commissioning and be part of the excitement as our local Coast Guard Sector builds the newest local fleet! Next Commissioning is September 6, 2014 for CGC RAYMOND EVANS (WPC-1110).
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A World War II hero will be honored when the Coast Guard's newest cutter is commissioned into service in Key West on Sept. 6.
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Coast Guard Sector Key West officially becomes home today for the 154-foot Cutter Raymond J. Evans. The Raymond J. Evans will be commissioned as it becomes the fourth of six new Fast Response Cutters that will be stationed in the Southernmost City.
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We are extremely happy to announce the delivery of the latest FRC built by Bollinger, the William Trump, to the 7th Coast Guard District in Key West, FL," said Bollinger Chief Operating Officer, Ben Bordelon. "We are looking forward to honoring and celebrating the heroic acts of William Trump at the vessel's commissioning.
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The Coast Guard commissioned Isaac Mayo, the 12th fast response cutter and sixth to be based in Key West, Florida, March 28, 2015.[dead link]
- "Bollinger delivers FRC Richard Dixon". Marine Log. 2015-04-15. Archived from the original on 2015-04-17.
We are very pleased to announce the delivery of the latest FRC built by Bollinger, the Richard Dixon, to the Seventh Coast Guard District in Puerto Rico," said Bollinger's President and CEO, Ben Bordelon. "We are looking forward to honoring and celebrating the heroic acts of Richard Dixon at the vessel's commissioning.
- "Bollinger delivers FRC Heriberto Hernandez". Marine Log. 2015-07-30. Retrieved 2015-08-05.
The Coast Guard took delivery on July 30, 2015 in Key West, FL, and is scheduled to commission the vessel in Puerto Rico during October, 2015.
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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...
- "Bollinger delivers FRC Joseph Napier". Marine Log. 2015-10-20. Retrieved 2015-10-20.
Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, LA, has delivered the Joseph Napier, the 15th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the United States Coast Guard. The Coast Guard took delivery on October 20, 2015 in Key West, Florida, and is scheduled to commission the vessel in Puerto Rico during January, 2016.
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The 154-foot patrol craft is the 17th vessel in the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class FRC program.
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It is Alaska’s first Fast Response Cutter and the first to be stationed west of the Mississippi River.
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This vessel is named after McCormick, awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal on Nov. 7, 1938, for his heroic action in rescuing a fellow Coast Guardsman in treacherous conditions where the mouth of the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean in northwest Oregon.
- Eric Haun (2017-04-20). "Bollinger Delivers USCGC Benjamin Dailey". Marine Link. Archived from the original on 2017-04-21.
The Coast Guard took delivery of the 154-foot patrol craft on April 20, 2017 in Key West, Fla. The vessel’s commissioning is scheduled for July 4, 2017 in Pascagoula, Miss.
- Ken Hocke (2017-04-21). "Bollinger delivers latest fast response cutter to USCG". WorkBoat magazine. Archived from the original on 2017-04-22. Retrieved 2017-04-21.
Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, La., has delivered the 154’x25’5″x9’6″ Benjamin Dailey to the Coast Guard, the 23rd fast response cutter (FRC).
- "Bollinger delivers the 23rd FRC to USCG". Port News. 2017-04-21. Archived from the original on 2017-04-22.
This vessel is named after Coast Guard Hero Benjamin Dailey. Dailey, Keeper of the Cape Hatteras Life-Saving Station, was awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal on April 24, 1885 for his exceptional bravery in one of the most daring rescues by the Life-Saving Service.
- "Coast Guard Aligns Names with Hull Numbers for its Sentinel-class FRCs". Seapower magazine. Washington DC. 2017-12-12. Retrieved 2017-12-09.
The U.S. Coast Guard has announced the names and corresponding hull numbers for its next 20 Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters (FRCs), each vessel being named for a deceased leader, trailblazer or hero of the Coast Guard and its predecessor services of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service, the U.S. Lifesaving Service and the U.S. Lighthouse Service, according to a Dec. 12 Coast Guard release.
- "Temporary lodging services for the USCG Pre-Commissioning crews in Lockport, LA". Government Contract & Bid, GovCB.com. Feb 10, 2015. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
- Michael Braun (2015-12-27). "Trio nabbed in 20-hour high-speed boat chase". Fort Myers Press-News. Retrieved 2015-12-28.
A 20-hour high-speed boat chase that at times resembled a James Bond movie ended about 65 miles west of Cuba on Christmas Eve when the three suspects just gave up, law enforcement officials said.
- Alastair Jamieson (2015-12-28). "Suspected Boat Thieves in Lee County, Florida, Lead Coast Guard on 345-Mile Chase". NBC News. Retrieved 2015-12-28.
Three suspected boat thieves led the Coast Guard on a 345-mile high-speed chase lasting nearly 20 hours before they were eventually captured off Mexico, officials in Florida said Sunday.
- Susan Salisbury (2016-04-10). "U.S. Coast Guard rescues 10 people from a sinking boat off Freeport". Palm Beach Post. Retrieved 2016-04-11.
The 10 survivors are believed to be migrants trying to get the United States from the Bahamas.
- "U.S. Coast Guard Seizes 515 Kilos of Cocaine In 'Operation Caribbean Venture'". Space Coast Daily. 2015-11-22. Archived from the original on 2015-11-23.
The four suspected smugglers were transferred to U.S. authorities for prosecution. The Friesland transferred the suspects and contraband to the Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber who was returning home from a successful counterdrug patrol off of Puerto Rico in support of Operation Unified Resolve.
- Alfonso Chardy (2015-12-20). "Details of cocaine bust near Dominican coast revealed". Miami Herald. Archived from the original on 2015-12-21.
In this case, the interdiction operation involved the Coast Guard and the HNLMS Friesland, an offshore patrol vessel from the Royal Netherlands Navy.
- Mark Barney (2015-11-20). "Cutter Bernard C. Webber crew offloads $17M in seized cocaine in Miami". Miami Beach: Dvidshub. Retrieved 2016-04-11.
A Coast Guardsman offloads cocaine at Coast Guard Sector Miami Beach, Florida, Nov. 20, 2015.
- Cheryl Pellerin (2015-08-26). "DoD 101: Drugs, Thugs and the Coast Guard". Miami Beach: DoD News, Defense Media. Retrieved 2016-04-11.
On the Webber, Gould and Mike Cortese, commanding officer of Coast Guard Station Miami Beach, show the SLEP group what the Coast Guard does if it catches a target of interest making an illicit run from Bimini to the United States carrying migrants, drugs, money or guns.
- "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.
- Mia Whylly (2016-04-05). "34 Cubans apprehended over the weekend". The Freeport News. Archived from the original on 2016-04-08. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
The United States Coast Guard Vessel (USCG) William Flores brought 12 Cuban migrants to the Lucayan Harbour Friday, April 1 and handed them over to a team of officers headed by SIO (Senior Immigration Officer) Jerome Hutcheson.
- "Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark repatriates 66 Cuban migrants". Miami, Florida: Coast Guard News. 2013-09-13. Retrieved 2013-09-13.
Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark repatriated 66 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Friday. This repatriation was a result of four separate migrant interdiction events this week.
- "Cutter Charles Sexton Repatriates 39 Cuban Migrants". Military Daily. 2015-11-19. Retrieved 2015-11-20.
This repatriation is a result of three separate interdictions at sea in the south Florida Straits. These were interdictions of Cuban nationals attempting to illegally enter the United States on unseaworthy vessels commonly referred to as "rustics" or "chugs."
- "US Coast Guard repatriates 85 Cuban migrants". Caribean News Now. 2015-11-03. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
The Coast Guard Cutters Kathleen Moore, Marlin, along with numerous other Coast Guard patrol boats and aircraft, aggressively patrol the Florida Straits to detect and deter illegal and unsafe maritime migration. Safety of life at sea is always the Coast Guard's top priority.
- "US Coast Guard seized $41M in drugs in Caribbean Sea". Jacksonville Sentinel. 2015-09-29. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
The agency's cutter Richard Dixon responded and seized the vessel after suspects tossed four packages into the water.
- "DR migrants intercepted heading towards Puerto Rico". The Daily Herald. 2016-03-09. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
The USCG cutter Richard Dixon repatriated 24 migrants to the Dominican Republic.
- "Dominican Republic Migrants Intercepted Heading Towards Puerto Rico". Curaçao Chronicle. 2016-03-09. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
The crew of the USCG Richard Dixon transferred the 25 migrants, who claimed to be citizens of the Dominican Republic, on board the cutter for safety and biometric processing.
- "US Coast Guard rescues 14 Dominican boatpeople". Dominican Today. 2016-04-02. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
The Coast Guard Cutter Richard Dixon repatriated the remaining 14 Dominicans to the Dominican Republic during an at-sea transfer of the migrants to a Dominican Navy patrol vessel Friday just south of La Romana.
- Susan Mohammed (2017-03-02). "T&T Coast Guard in $837 million drug bust: ...fishing vessel intercepted off Suriname". Trinidad Express. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
The crew of the Napier, which is based in Port Canaveral, Florida, towed the 70-foot (21-meter) fishing vessel, the Lady Michelle, to St. Vincent and four men on board from Guyana were taken to the U.S. Virgin Islands to face possible criminal charges. The Coast Guard took the cocaine to Puerto Rico and turned it over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
- "Coast Guard Responds To Overboard Cargo Containers". CBS News. 2015-12-06. Retrieved 2015-12-08.
- "COAST GUARD RESPONDING TO CARGO CONTAINER INCIDENT". United States Coast Guard News. 2015-12-06. Retrieved 2015-12-08.
- "Keys-based Coast Guard cutter joined search for 'El Faro'". Keysnet. 2015-10-10.
- Susan Schept (2010-03-22). "Enlisted heroes honored". United States Coast Guard. Archived from the original on 2010-03-29. 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.
- "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.
- Stephanie Young (2010-10-27). "Coast Guard Heroes". United States Coast Guard. Archived from the original on 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
- Christopher Lagan (2014-07-30). "Coast Guard to name cutter for BMCS Terrell Horne III". Coast Guard Compass. Retrieved 2014-08-02.
The Commandant personally informed the Horne family earlier today a fast response cutter will bear Terrell Horne’s name in honor of his sacrifice and faithful service in defense of his nation.
- Kevin Roderick (2014-02-05). "Mexican smugglers convicted in sea death of Coast Guard Chief Horne". LA Observed. Archived from the original on 2014-07-15. Retrieved 2014-08-06.
Two Mexican nationals from Ensenada who were apprehended on a smuggling panga in December 2012 were convicted today in the death of Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III.
- Kate Mather (2014-02-15). "Mexican nationals convicted in 2012 death of Coast Guardsman". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2014-08-02. Retrieved 2014-08-06.
Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III's death made him the first Coast Guardsman murdered in the line of duty since 1927, officials said. Horne, who spent 14 years with the Coast Guard, was posthumously promoted to the rank of senior chief petty officer.
- "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.
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