TAMPA, Fla. — The Coast Guard Cutter William Flores, the third of a planned 58 Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters, was commissioned at the Port of Tampa, Saturday.
The William Flores’ location of the commissioning honored the history of the cutter’s namesake. On the night of Jan. 28, 1980, Coast Guard Seaman William “Billy” Flores, 18, died while assisting his shipmates after the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn, collided with a large merchant vessel in the Tampa Bay ship channel. His heroism and sacrifice serve as an example for all Coast Guard members and inspire the ship’s motto of “courage in adversity.”
The William Flores is homeported in Miami.