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Fast Response Cutter

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

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.


  • 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


  • 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 machinegun 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

The Coast Guard accepted delivery of the 32nd fast response cutter (FRC), Benjamin Bottoms, in Key West, Florida, Jan. 8, 2019.

The Coast Guard commissioned the 29th FRC, Forrest Rednour, at its San Pedro, California, homeport Nov. 8, 2018.

The Coast Guard accepted delivery of the 31st FRC, Terrell Horne, in Key West, Florida, Oct. 25, 2018.

In late August, 2018, FRCs responded to the impacts of Hurricane Lane in Hawaii; The Coast Guard exercised a contract option on Aug. 9 worth just over $294.4 million with Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, Louisiana, for production of six more Sentinel-class FRCs and eight sets of ship rudders as spares.

 Program Information



  • Bernard C. Webber
  • Richard Etheridge
  • William Flores
  • Margaret Norvell
  • Charles David
  • Raymond Evans