Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Fla., to receive 6th Fast Response Cutter

Southeastern Coast Guard News
Miami – The Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark, the Coast Guard’s sixth Sentinel Class patrol boat, will arrive at Base Miami Beach, Fla., Saturday at 11 a.m.

The Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutters are designed to conduct maritime drug interdiction, alien migrant interdiction, search and rescue, national defense, homeland security, living marine resources and other Coast Guard missions.  This class of patrol boat is capable of deploying independently to execute Coast Guard missions and prevent potential threats from approaching our shores and offers vastly improved capabilities over the aging 110-foot Island class patrol boats it replaces. The Fast Response Cutter is part of the Coast Guard’s layered approach to maritime security that includes the National Security Cutter and the Offshore Patrol Cutter.

The Paul Clark is 154 feet long, has a beam of 25 feet and a maximum sustained speed of more than 28 knots.  The cutter is armed with a stabilized 25mm machine-gun mount and four, crew-served .50-caliber machine guns.

The cutter Paul Clark will be officially commissioned into service Aug. 24 and homeported in Miami.

The Paul Clark is named after Enlisted hero, Fireman First Class Paul Leaman Clark who displayed extraordinary devotion to duty in the face of enemy fire while serving as a landing boat engineer attached to the USS Joseph T. Dickman during the allied assault on French Morocco during World War II.


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