Coast Guard Cutter Richard Snyder arrives at new homeport in Atlantic Beach, NC

Coast Guard Cutter Richard Snyder file photo by Auxiliarist Trey Clifton

Coast Guard Cutter Richard Snyder file photo by Auxiliarist Trey Clifton

ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. — The crew of the new Coast Guard Cutter Richard Snyder arrived at Coast Guard Sector Field Office Fort Macon in Atlantic Beach Tuesday morning.

Coast Guard Cutter Smilax, the oldest commissioned cutter in the Coast Guard’s fleet, led the Richard Snyder into port.

The Richard Snyder is the Coast Guard’s 27th Sentinel class Fast Response Citter cutter and is the first of its class to be homeported in Atlantic Beach.

Cutter Richard Snyder arrives at new homeport in Atlantic Beach, NC

Cutters Smilax and Richard Snyder, March 20, 2018. The Smilax is the oldest working vessel in the Coast Guard’s fleet; the Richard Snyder is the newest cutter in the fleet (Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist Trey Clifton)

The cutter was delivered to the Coast Guard in Key West, Florida, for sea trials in February 2018, and is scheduled to be commissioned in April 2018.

Chief Petty Officer Richard Snyder, the cutter’s namesake, was awarded a Silver Star Medal for attacking Japanese ground forces during an amphibious assault on Biak Island in Papua, New Guinea, May 27, 1944.

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