Coast Guard Accepts Coast Guard Cutter Bailey Barco, 22nd Fast Response Cutter

The decsendants of Bailey Barco, keeper of Dam Neck Lifesaving Station, pose for a photo with the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bailey Barco Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 at the signing over ceremony to the Coast Guard in Key West, Florida. The cutter Bailey Barco, the 22nd 154-foot Fast Response Cutter in the Coast Guard fleet, will be homeported in Ketchikan, Alaska.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Lally.

The decsendants of Bailey Barcopose for a photo with the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bailey Barco  Feb. 7, 2017 at the signing over ceremony to the Coast Guard in Key West, Florida. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Lally.

Washington, DC – The Coast Guard accepted delivery of the 22nd fast response cutter (FRC), Coast Guard Cutter Bailey Barco, in Key West, Florida, Feb. 7.

The cutter will be the second FRC stationed in Ketchikan, Alaska. The 22nd fast response cutter is slated for commissioning July 2017.

The cutter is named after the Dam Neck Mills, Virginia, lifesaving station keeper and boat coxswain Bailey Barco, who led a daring rescue of crewmembers of a schooner that had run aground off Virginia Beach, Virginia, Dec. 21, 1900. Barco was awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal Oct. 7, 1901, for his actions.

The FRCs are replacing the 1980s-era 110-foot Island-class patrol boats and feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment; the ability to launch and recover standardized cutter boats from astern or via side davits; and improved seakeeping and habitability. The 154-foot FRC is designed to patrol coastal regions and has an endurance of five days.

The Coast Guard has ordered 38 of the planned 58 FRCs, and 19 are in service: one in Cape May, New Jersey; six in Miami; six in Key West, Florida; and six in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The 20th FRC, Lawrence Lawson, is slated to be commissioned in March 2017 and will be the second FRC stationed in Cape May. The FRC is complemented operationally by the national security cutter, which patrols the open ocean, and the extended range and patrol of the offshore patrol cutter .

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