Coast Guard commissions new cutter named after California native in San Pedro

Rear Adm. Peter Gautier, Coast Guard District 11 commander, shakes hands with Lt. John Beal, Coast Guard Cutter Terrell Horne's commanding officer, during the commissioning of USCGC Terrell Horne at Coast Guard Base Los Angeles-Long Beach, March 22, 2019. USCGC Terrell Horne is the third Fast Response Cutter to be homeported at Coast Guard Base Los Angeles-Long Beach and will operate throughout the 11th Coast Guard District, which includes all of California and international waters off Mexico and Central America. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory J. Mendenhall /Released)

Rear Adm. Peter Gautier, Coast Guard District 11 commander, shakes hands with Lt. John Beal, Coast Guard Cutter Terrell Horne’s commanding officer, during the commissioning of USCGC Terrell Horne at Coast Guard Base Los Angeles-Long Beach, March 22, 2019. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory J. Mendenhall)

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — The Coast Guard Cutter Terrell Horne (WPC-1131), a California-based 154-foot Fast Response Cutter (FRC), was commissioned in San Pedro, Friday.

The Terrell Horne is the third FRC to be homeported at Coast Guard Base Los Angeles-Long Beach and will operate throughout the 11th Coast Guard District, which includes all of California and international waters off Mexico and Central America.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III was killed by drug smugglers who intentionally rammed the boat he and fellow Coast Guardsmen were aboard during law-enforcement operations near Santa Cruz Island off the Southern California coast in December 2012. Horne pushed one of his shipmates out of the way of the oncoming vessel attack and sustained fatal injuries.

FRCs feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment as well as over-the-horizon response boat deployment capability and improved habitability for the crew. The ships can reach speeds of 28 knots and are equipped to coordinate operations with partner agencies and long-range Coast Guard assets such as the Coast Guard’s National Security Cutters.

Each ship is designed for a crew of 24, has a range of 2,500 miles and is equipped for patrols up to five days. The FRCs are part of the Coast Guard’s overall fleet modernization initiative.

FRCs are named in honor of Coast Guard enlisted leaders, trailblazers and heroes.

Video of the ceremony is available at the following link: https://www.dvidshub.net/webcast/19036

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