Coast Guard Cutter Nathan Bruckenthal commissioned in Alexandria, VA

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Nathan Bruckenthal mans the rails and renders a hand salute during the ship's commissioning ceremony in Alexandria, Virginia, July 25, 2018. The Bruckenthal was the 28th Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter to be commissioned. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Kyle Niemi)

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Nathan Bruckenthal mans the rails and renders a hand salute during the ship’s commissioning ceremony in Alexandria, Virginia, July 25, 2018.
(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Kyle Niemi)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard commissioned North Carolina’s second Fast Response Cutter, the Coast Guard Cutter Nathan Bruckenthal, during a ceremony in Alexandria, Virginia, today.

FRCs feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance equipment that allow their crews to more effectively conduct the Coast Guard’s statutory missions.

The cutter is named after Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Bruckenthal, who was mortally wounded during Operation Iraqi Freedom. For his courageous actions, Bruckenthal was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.

“I am truly honored to be the first commanding officer of this cutter,” said Lt. Bryan Kilcoin, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Nathan Bruckenthal. “The crew of the cutter Bruckenthal will emulate Nate’s high standards and values he lived by. Semper paratus.”

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