Coast Guard to participate in keel laying ceremony for first Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter

NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. Coast Guard will participate in a keel laying ceremony for the first Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter on Friday, April 9, at 11 a.m. at Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport, La. The 154-foot Sentinel-class patrol boat, which will be a key component of the Coast Guard’s recapitalized fleet, is critically needed to replace the aging 110-foot Island-class patrol boat fleet.

The first Sentinel-class patrol boat is named the Bernard C. Webber after a coxswain from Station Chatham, Mass., who heroically led his three-man crew in saving the lives of 32 crewmen from the sinking freighter Pendleton. All of the Sentinel-class patrol boats will be named after enlisted heroes to honor our past Guardians who stood the watch. The Bernard C. Webber, which will be home ported in Miami, is expected to be delivered in spring 2011.

The Coast Guard awarded Bollinger an $88 million for the first Sentinel-class patrol boat in September 2008. The Sentinel-class project leverages expertise from the Coast Guard’s highly successful 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat built by Bollinger. More information on the Sentinel-class project can be found online.

The 153-foot long Sentinel-class patrol boat is capable of speeds of 28 plus knots. It is armed with one stabilized, remotely-operated 25mm chain gun and four crew-served .50 caliber machine guns. It has a crew capacity of 22 people and is able to perform independently for a minimum of five days at sea and be underway for 2,500 hours per year.(Illustration courtesy of Bollinger Shipyards)

The 153-foot long Sentinel-class patrol boat is capable of speeds of 28 plus knots. It is armed with one stabilized, remotely-operated 25mm chain gun and four crew-served .50 caliber machine guns. It has a crew capacity of 22 people and is able to perform independently for a minimum of five days at sea and be underway for 2,500 hours per year.(Illustration courtesy of Bollinger Shipyards)

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