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Coast Guard's 3rd Fast Response Cutter launched

 The Coast Guard announced Wednesday the launch of its third Sentinel-class, Fast Response Cutter, the William Flores, at Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, La.   The launch of the William Flores into the waters of Bayou Lafourche marks a production milestone as the Fast Response Cutter readies for sea trials, delivery, crew training and eventual commissioning.“The Coast Guard’s new Fast Response Cutters are national assets, unique to the United States and uniquely equipped to respond to all threats and all events in times of crisis,” said Cmdr. Chris O’Neil, chief of media relations for the U.S. Coast Guard.  “The Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters will be capable of speeds in excess of 28 knots and operating in seas up to 18-feet.  Armed with a 25-mm chain gun and four, .50 caliber machine guns,  the speed, stability and firepower of the Fast Response Cutter deliver tremendous lifesaving, law enforcement and homeland security capabilities in the same package.  Like the Island-class patrol boats the Fast Response Cutters replace, the fleet of 58 Sentinel-class cutters will serve as the workhorses of America's littoral, maritime fleet.   ”Seaman Apprentice William Flores, namesake of the cutter, posthumously received the Coast Guard Medal, the service’s highest award for heroism not involving combat, for his unselfish acts and sacrifice Jan


Cutter Vigorous Arrives at New Home Port

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by 2nd Class Walter Shinn)

Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous marked its official arrival at its new homeport at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia Beach, Friday. Vigorous is the first of two Medium Endurance Cutters from Cape May, New Jersey to be relocated to Little Creek. The Coast Guard Cutter Dependable is scheduled to arrive in 2015. “Cape May was a wonderful home for Vigorous over the past 21 years and we thank the community for its steadfast support,” said Cmdr


Coast Guard to Hold Change of Command

The Coast Guard Cutter Tornado will welcome its new Commanding Officer during a change-of-command ceremony at the Naval Station in Pascagoula, Miss. on Fridayy. Lt. Cmdr. Robert J. Landolfi Jr. will relieve Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Hollingshead who served as the Commanding Officer of the Tornado for the past two years. Hollingshead assumed command of Coast Guard Cutter Tornado in October 2004. Tornado is one of five 179-foot Cyclone-class Patrol Coastal cutters (PC-179s) transferred to the


GRC43m: Completing E. Coast Demo Tour

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The Westport GRC43m (Global Response Cutter) “Solution” is completing the East Coast leg of the US tour, demonstrating the vessel to Domestic and Foreign Military agencies, Vice President of Westport Philip Purcell notes. Westport’s Business Model-Series built vessels--delivers a fast, long range, multi-mission cutter with extraordinary tolerances for durability and quality. The GRC43m demonstrated performance characteristics and inherent benefits are many--Low acquisition


Contract Option Awarded for Four More Fast Response Cutters

The lead Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter, the Bernard C. Webber, enters the water for the first time on April 21. The cutter’s mast was installed a little over a week after the launch. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Fast Response Cutter under construction. The Coast Guard awarded a $179.7 million contract option to Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, La., September 22 for the production of four more Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters (FRCs).  This option award brings the total number of FRCs under contract with Bollinger to twelve, with a current contract value of $597 million.  The current FRC contract contains options for up to 34 cutters and is worth up to $1


Bollinger Delivers 9th USCG Fast Response Cutter

USCGC Kathleen Moore (Photo: Bollinger)

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. has delivered the Kathleen Moore, the ninth Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the United States Coast Guard. Bollinger President, Chris Bollinger announced the successful delivery of the USCGC Kathleen Moore to the 7th Coast Guard District in Key West, Fla., stating, “We are very pleased with the latest delivery of this high quality Fast Response Cutter built by the Bollinger team. Once again


Bollinger Awarded Contract for FRCs for Coast Guard

Artist’s concept drawing of the Bollinger built Fast Response Cutter Sentinel Class for the United States Coast Guard.

Bollinger has been selected to design and construct up to 34 Fast Response Cutters "Sentinel" Class (FRC) for the Coast Guard.  The FRC, a new generation of USCG patrol boats, is a replacement for the Coast Guard ISLAND Class cutters that Bollinger built almost a quarter century ago. Bollinger CEO and Chairman of the Board, Donald “Boysie” Bollinger, said that the program, which is expected to last for approximately ten years


Bollinger Shipyards Celebrates Success

US Senator David Vitter (R-La.) speaking to Bollinger employees and guest during Bollingers celebration of success on the completion of the 75th 87 ft Marine Protector-class Coastal Patrol Boat.

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. hosted a celebration of success ceremony on May 1, commemorating the completion of the 87 ft Marine Protector-class Coastal Patrol Boat (CPB) project. The event featured the USCGC Sea Fox (WPB 87374). S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.), Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-La.); Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Acquisition Rear Adm. Gary T. Blore; Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. CEO and Chairman of the Board Donald “Boysie” Bollinger; Bollinger Executive Vice President


Papp Delivers Final State of the Coast Guard Address

File photo: ADM Bob Papp, U.S. Coast Guard Commandant

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp delivered his final State of the Coast Guard address at Coast Guard Headquarters, St. Elizabeths Campus, Washington, D.C., Wednesday. Papp provided an overview of programs and issues of the last four years and also looked ahead to what the Coast Guard may face in the future. Emphasizing that this year the Coast guard became the first military service to achieve a clean financial audit


USCG: The Fleet Faces Forward

USCG Cutter Sapelo and the Royal Netherlands Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel HNLMS Holland search Caribbean Sea waters for bales of contraband jettisoned by Dominican drug smugglers.

Coast Guard Replacing Aging Ships with 91 New Cutters The numerous cutters and craft of the U.S. Coast Guard —from the sail training ship Eagle to the large oceangoing patrol ships; from polar icebrakers to small utility boats — form a formidable fleet to meet the many challenging assignments undertaken by the service.  In 2014 the Coast Guard continues its recapitalization program with its National Security Cutter (NSC)


USCG Suspends Search for the 2 Migrants

In total, 11 lives were saved by Coast Guard and partner agency rescue crews. Search and rescue crews completed 27 search patterns covering approximately 3,145 square miles over a 55 hour period.

  The Coast Guard suspended its search Wednesday at 3 p.m. for two missing Cuban migrants in the vicinity of Caesar Creek, Florida, to Haulover Inlet, Florida.   "Our Coast Guard men and women worked tirelessly looking for the two missing Cuban migrants; however


Coast Guard Escorts Navy Aircraft Carrier

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U.S. Coast Guard crews escorted the USS. Harry S. Truman Monday through the southern branch of the Elizabeth River in Portsmouth, Va. The Coast Guard Cutter Sea Horse, home ported in Portsmouth, and response boat crews from Station Portsmouth provided the escort of the carrier during the transit


USCG Responds to Report of Downed Aircraft near Panama City

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  The Coast Guard is responding to a report of a downed military aircraft approximately 57 miles south of Panama City, Florida, Thursday. Watchstanders at the 8th Coast Guard District received a call from the Air Force at approximately 9:30 a.m


7 Rescued from Sinking Freighter Near Haiti

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   Seven crewmembers were rescued after their 100-foot coastal freighter began taking on water and sank approximately 45 miles north off of Cap Haitien, Haiti, Friday.   Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 7th District command center in Miami received a report from a tug stating


Zukunft Relieves Papp As New Coast Guard Commandant

Adm. Paul Zukunft speaks during a change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington May 30, 2014. Zukunft relieved Adm. Bob Papp to become the 25th commandant of the Coast Guard. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick

Adm. Paul F. Zukunft assumed command as the 25th commandant of the Coast Guard today, relieving Adm. Bob Papp during a military ceremony at the Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building. “Adm. Papp’s leadership and resolve have left an indelible mark on the service


Bollinger Hires Remont as Program Management Director

Chris Remont (Photo courtesy of Bollinger)

Bollinger Shipyards announced that Chris Remont has joined the company as Director of Program Management.  Remont will oversee all aspects of Program Management for Bollinger Shipyard’s Lockport new construction facility, with an emphasis on the present U.S


Bollinger Delivers 10th FRC to the USCG

Bollinger delivered the 10th Fast Response Cutter, Raymond Evans, to the U.S. Coast Guard on June 25, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Bollinger)

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. has delivered the Raymond Evans, the 10th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the United States Coast Guard (USCG). The announcement was made by Bollinger President, Chris Bollinger: “We are extremely proud to announce the delivery of the Raymond Evans


Bollinger to Build 6 More FRCs for the USCG

A Bollinger-built Fast Response Cutter underway on sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico (Photo courtesy of Bollinger)

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., Lockport, Louisiana, announced the award of six additional USCG Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutters (FRCs). The U. S. Coast Guard (USCG) awarded a $255 million contract option to Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, La


USCG Rescues 164 Migrants in a Week

Crewmembers of the Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark rescued 100 Haitian migrants from a grossly overloaded sail freighter in Bahamian waters and safely embarked them onto the cutter on August 11, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) rescued 64 Cuban migrants and 100 Haitian migrants during a busy week of illegal maritime migration attempts from Cuba and Haiti into the United States. The 64 Cuban migrants were repatriated last week following three separate interdictions at sea in the Florida


400 Migrants Rescued by USCG & RBDF

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  Coast Guard crews and Royal Bahamian Defence Force (RBDF) rescued more than 400 Haitians illegally migrating in three separate at sea interdictions in the span of 11 days. Monday, an aircrew aboard a Coast Guard C-130 aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater located a 40-foot


USCG Repatriates 86 Migrants

USCG Repatriates 86 Migrants

  Coast Guard crews aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr. and the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant repatriated 86 migrants illegally migrating from Cuba and Haiti. These repatriations are a result of five separate interdictions of people attempting to illegally migrate to the United


USCG Suspends Search for Downed Aircraft near Jamaica

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  The Coast Guard suspended their search Sunday at approximately 11 a.m. for two possible survivors of a plane in the water 14 miles north of Port Antonio, Jamaica, Friday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard 7th District command center in Miami received a call from U.S. Northern Command at 11 a


USCG Repatriates Cuban Boat Migrants

The Cutter Dauntless smallboat crew inspects a rustic vessel used by 20 Cuban migrants south of Dry Tortugas, Florida, Sep. 6, 2014. The migrants were later repatriated by the crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Cutter Knight Island repatriated 45 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Wednesday. These repatriations are a result of two separate interdictions of people attempting to illegally migrate to the United States through the Florida Straits.


USCG Cutter in Oregon Spill Drill

Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Bellone (yellow hat), a boatswains mate aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Fir, a 225-foot buoy tender homeported in Astoria, Ore., observes the buoy deck as the 60-foot-long Fast Sweep Boom is ra

  The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Fir, a 225-foot buoy tender homeported in Astoria, Oregon, participated in a Spilled Oil Response System exercise near Blake Island, Washington, Wednesday. The exercise was part of an annual response exercise and included members of the Coast Guard 13th


Fire Aboard Alaska Natural Gas Platform

The U.S. Coast Guard launched several assets in response to a report of a fire on board a natural gas drill platform in Cook Inlet Thursday. The Coast Guard diverted a Coast Guard Hercules HC-130 crew and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to conduct an overflight of the Baker Platform in Cook






 
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