Coast Guard Cutter Rollin Fritch commissioning ceremony

PHILADELPHIA - Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, Commandant of the Coast Guard, gives the order for the crew of the Rollin Fritch to lay aboard and man their stations at the ship's commissioning in Cape May, New Jersey, Saturday Nov. 19, 2016. The Coast Guard Cutter Rollin Fritch and crew are homeported in Cape May, and will perform multiple Coast Guard missions such as search and rescue, law enforcement and protecting America's infrastructure along the Mid-Atlantic Coast spanning New Jersey to North Carolina and beyond. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Seth Johnson

PHILADELPHIA – Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, Commandant of the Coast Guard, gives the order for the crew of the Rollin Fritch to lay aboard and man their stations at the ship’s commissioning in Cape May, New Jersey, Saturday Nov. 19, 2016.  U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Seth Johnson

Cape May – Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, Commandant of the Coast Guard, presided over a ceremony today commissioning the 19th Fast Response Cutter, Rolin Fritch, in Cape May, New Jersey, Nov. 19, 2016.

The Coast Guard Cutter Rollin Fritch is named after Coast Guard Seaman 1st Class Rollin A. Fritch. During a kamikaze attack off of Luzon in the Philippine Islands, Fritch manned his gun while Japanese airplanes attacked the ship. Fritch remained at his station, firing his weapon to help save his shipmates, until a kamikaze plane collided with his position, ending his life. Fritch was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his selfless actions.

The Rollin Fritch and crew are homeported in Cape May, where they will perform multiple Coast Guard missions along the Mid-Atlantic coast such as law enforcement, search and rescue and protecting America’s infrastructure spanning from New Jersey to North Carolina and beyond.

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