Coast Guard to commission cutter named after heroic African-American woman

Coast Guard Cutter Angela McShan file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Murray.

Coast Guard Cutter Angela McShan file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Murray.

CAPE MAY, N.J. — The Coast Guard will hold a commissioning ceremony Saturday at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May for the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Angela McShan (WPC 1134), which is named after the first African-American female Master Chief Petty Officer.

McShan joined the Coast Guard in 1979. She was the first African-American woman to be promoted to master chief petty officer and she had been slated to become the chief of Yeoman “A” School prior to losing her battle with cancer.

The Fast Response Cutter is one of the Coast Guard’s next generation patrol boats.


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