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The Coast Guard exercised a contract option for production of six more Sentinel-class fast response cutters (FRCs) and associated deliverables worth just over $297.4 million with Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, Louisiana, July 31, 2019.


The Coast Guard accepted delivery of the 35th FRC, Angela McShan, in Key West, Florida, Aug. 1, 2019.


The Coast Guard commissioned the 33rd FRC, Joseph Doyle, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 8, 2019.

Fast Response Cutter

For more photos of the Fast Response Cutter, visit the image gallery on Flickr.


The Sentinel-class fast response cutter is a key component of the Coast Guard’s offshore fleet that is capable of deploying independently to conduct missions that include port, waterways and coastal security; fishery patrols; search and rescue; and national defense.

Why this program?

Named after Coast Guard enlisted heroes, the FRCs are replacing the aging Island-class 110-foot patrol boats. The Sentinel-class cutter project delivers vital capability to the Coast Guard, helping to meet the service’s need in the coastal zone and adjacent waters. Operationally, FRCs saved 21 lives and interdicted over 14,200 pounds of cocaine – valued at over $191.3 million – and 874 migrants in fiscal year 2018.

Acquisition strategy

The Coast Guard selected a “parent-craft” design for the Sentinel-class cutters to ensure that the operating force receives new vessels capable of performing the required missions, as quickly as possible. The Coast Guard coined the term “parent-craft” to describe the use of an existing ship design that has successfully performed equivalent missions.

The Coast Guard followed a disciplined acquisition strategy including careful analysis of operational requirements; conducting worldwide market research; close consultation with Coast Guard technical authorities; use of the services of the U.S. Navy, use of independent commercial agents; a full and open competition, and an assessment of the most competitive designs put forth by industry.

 

The fast response cutter is capable of deploying independently to conduct missions that include port, waterways and coastal security; fishery patrols; search and rescue; and national defense.

Characteristics

  • Number Planned: 58
  • Length: 154 feet
  • Beam: 25 feet
  • Draft: 9 feet 6 inches
  • Displacement: 353 long tons
  • Maximum Speed: 28+ knots
  • Range: 2,500 nautical miles
  • Endurance: Five days
  • Crew: 24

Features

  • Enhanced response time with a minimum top speed of 28 knots
  • Ability to conduct missions on moderate seas up to transit speed for eight hours in all directions
  • Ability to survive on very rough seas up to loiter speed for eight hours in all directions
  • Armed with a stabilized 25-mm machine gun mount and four crew-served .50-caliber machine guns
  • Fully interoperable command and control systems with Coast Guard existing and future assets and with the departments of Homeland Security and Defense
  • Bernard C. Webber (WPC 1101)
  • Richard Etheridge (WPC 1102)
  • William Flores (WPC 1103)
  • Robert Yered (WPC 1104)
  • Margaret Norvell (WPC 1105)
  • Paul Clark (WPC 1106)
  • Bernard C. Webber (WPC 1101)
  • Charles David Jr (WPC 1107)
  • Charles Sexton (WPC 1108)
  • Kathleen Moore (WPC 1109)
  • Raymond Evans (WPC 1110)
  • William Trump (WPC 1111)
  • Issac Mayo (WPC 1112)
  • Richard Dixon (WPC 1113)
  • Heriberto Hernandez (WPC 1114)
  • Joseph Napier (WPC 1115)
  • Winslow Griesser (WPC 1116)
  • Donald Horsley (WPC 1117)
  • Joseph Tezanos (WPC 1118)
  • Rollin Fritch (WPC 1119)
  • Lawrence Lawson (WPC 1120)
  • John McCormick (WPC 1121)
  • Bailey Barco (WPC 1122)
  • Benjamin Dailey (WPC 1123)
  • Oliver Berry (WPC 1124)
  • Jacob Poroo (WPC 1125)
  • Joseph Gerczak (WPC 1126)
  • Richard Snyder (WPC 1127)
  • Nathan Bruckenthal (WPC 1128)
  • Forrest Rednour (WPC 1129)
  • Robert Ward (WPC 1130)
  • Terrell Horne (WPC 1131)
  • Joseph Doyle (WPC 1133)
  • Hull #34 William Hart
  • Hull #35 Angela McShan
  • Hull #36 Daniel Tarr
  • Hull #37 Edgar Culbertson
  • Hull #38 Harold Miller
  • Hull #39 Myrtle Hazard
  • Hull #40 Oliver Henry
  • Hull #41 Charles Moulthrop
  • Hull #42 Robert Goldman

FRC: In the News

2019

Aug. 6, 2019 - Coast Guard Exercises Contract Option for FRCs 51-56

Aug. 2, 2019 - Coast Guard Accepts 35th Fast Response Cutter

May 23, 2019 - Coast Guard Accepts 34th Fast Response Cutter

May 2, 2019 - Coast Guard Commissions 32nd Fast Response Cutter

March 22, 2019 - Coast Guard Commissions 31st Fast Response Cutter

March 22, 2019 - Coast Guard Accepts 33rd Fast Response Cutter

March 5, 2019 - Coast Guard Commissions 30th Fast Response Cutter

Jan. 31, 2019 - Coast Guard Accepts 32nd Fast Response Cutter

2018

Nov. 9, 2018 - Coast Guard Commissions 29th Fast Response Cutter

Oct. 31, 2018 - Coast Guard Accepts 31st Fast Response Cutter

Sept. 10, 2018 - FRCs Aid in Hurricane Response, Coast Guard FRC Program Grows

August 22, 2018 - Coast Guard Accepts 30th Fast Response Cutter

July 25, 2018 - Coast Guard Commissions 28th Fast Response Cutter

June 7, 2018 - Coast Guard Accepts 29th Fast Response Cutter

April 20, 2018 - Coast Guard Commissions 27th Fast Response Cutter

March 29, 2018 - Coast Guard Accepts 28th Fast Response Cutter

March 12, 2018 - Coast Guard Commissions 26th Fast Response Cutter

Feb. 9, 2018 - Coast Guard Accepts 27th Fast Response Cutter

2017

Dec. 8, 2017 - Coast Guard Commissions 25th Fast Response Cutter

Nov. 9, 2017- Coast Guard Accepts 26th Fast Response Cutter

Nov. 1, 2017 - Coast Guard Commissions 24th Fast Response Cutter

Oct. 4, 2017 - Coast Guard Crews Escort, Provide Security For USNS Comfort In San Juan

Oct. 3, 2017 - Coast Guard Cutter Delivers Critical Prescription Medication To St. Croix Following Hurricane

Sept. 27, 2017 - Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley Crew Delivers Supplies To Puerto Rico

Sept. 25, 2017 - First Fast Response Cutter Arrives In Honolulu

Sept. 19, 2017 - Fast Response Cutters Aid Hurricane Irma Relief In Virgin Islands

Sept. 5, 2017 - Coast Guard Accepts 25th Fast Response Cutter

July 5, 2017 - Coast Guard Commissions 23rd Fast Response Cutter

June 28, 2017 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Accepts 24th Fast Response Cutter

June 16, 2017 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Exercises Contract Option For FRCs 39-44

June 15, 2017 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Commissions 22nd Fast Response Cutter

April 20, 2017 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Accepts 23rd Fast Response Cutter

April 13, 2017 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Commissions 21st Fast Response Cutter

March. 20, 2017 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Commissions 20th Fast Response Cutter

Feb. 8, 2017 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Accepts 22nd Fast Response Cutter

2016

Dec. 13, 2016 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Accepts 21st Fast Response Cutter

Nov. 21, 2016 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Commissions 19th Fast Response Cutter

Oct. 21, 2016 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Accepts 20th Fast Response Cutter

Aug. 26, 2016 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Commissions 18th Fast Response Cutter

Aug. 23, 2016 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Accepts 19th Fast Response Cutter

June 23, 2016 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Accepts 18th Fast Response Cutter

May 20, 2016 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Commissions 17th Fast Response Cutter

May 4, 2016 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Awards Phase 2 FRC Contract

March 14, 2016 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Commissions 16th Fast Response Cutter

March 7, 2016 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Accepts 17th Fast Response Cutter

Feb. 1, 2016 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Commissions 15th Fast Response Cutter

2015

Dec. 24, 2015 - Acquisition Update: Sixteenth FRC Delivered To Coast Guard

Oct. 21, 2015 - Acquisition Update: 15th Fast Response Cutter Delivered To Coast Guard

Oct. 19, 2015 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Commissions 14th Fast Response Cutter

July 31, 2015 - 14th Fast Response Cutter Delivered To Coast Guard

July 1, 2015 - Acquisition Update: 13th Fast Response Cutter Arrives At San Juan Home Port

June 22, 2015 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Commissions 13th Fast Response Cutter

April 17, 2015 - Acquisition Update: 13th Fast Response Cutter Delivered To Coast Guard

March 30, 2015 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Commissions 12th Fast Response Cutter

Feb. 27, 2015 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Issues Request For Proposal For Fast Response Cutters 33-58

Feb. 27, 2015 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Exercises Contract Option For Fast Response Cutters 31 And 32

Feb. 27, 2015 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Reveals Names of FRCs 26-35

Jan. 27, 2015 - Coast Guard Commissions 11th Fast Response Cutter Into Service

Jan. 16, 2015 - Acquisition Update: 12th Fast Response Cutter Delivered To Coast Guard

2014

Nov. 25, 2014 - Acquisition Update: Fast Response Cutter Delivered To Coast Guard

Sept. 8, 2014 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Commissions 10th Fast Response Cutter Into Service

July 23, 2014 - Acquisition Update: Contract Option Exercised for Six Fast Response Cutters

June 26, 2014 - Acquisition Update: Tenth Fast Response Cutter Delivered to the Coast Guard

May 30, 2014 - Acquisition Update: Draft Request for Proposal for Second FRC Production Phase Released

May 10, 2014 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Commissions Ninth Fast Response Cutter into Service

March 28, 2014 - Acquisition Update: Ninth Fast Response Cutter Delivered to the Coast Guard

March 13, 2014 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Commissions Eighth Fast Response Cutter into Service

Feb. 27, 2014 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Unveils Names of FRCs 16-25

2013

Dec. 10, 2013 - Acquisition Update: Eighth Fast Response Cutter Delivered to the Coast Guard

Nov. 16, 2013 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Commissions Seventh Fast Response Cutter into Service

Sept. 25, 2013 - Acquisition Update: Contract Option Exercised for Six More Fast Response Cutters

Sept. 18, 2013 - Acquisition Update: Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter Project Achieves Acquisition Milestone

Aug. 24, 2013 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Commissions Sixth Fast Response Cutter into Service

Aug. 17, 2013 - Acquisition Update: Seventh Fast Response Cutter Delivered to the Coast Guard

June 3, 2013 - Welcome to the fleet Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell

May 21, 2013 - Acquisition Update: Sixth Fast Response Cutter Delivered to the Coast Guard

March 22, 2013 - Acquisition Update: Fifth Fast Response Cutter Delivered to the Coast Guard

Feb. 28, 2013 - Heroic connections

Feb. 25, 2013 - He lived and breathed the Coast Guard

Feb. 13, 2013 - To be a plank owner