Bollinger Delivers Coast Guard’s 22nd Fast Response Cutter
LOCKPORT, La. — Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the USCGC Bailey Barco, the 22nd Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the U.S. Coast Guard, the company announced in a Feb. 8 release.
The Coast Guard took delivery of the 154-foot Sentinel-class patrol craft on Feb. 7 in Key West, Fla., and is scheduled to commission the vessel in Ketchikan, Alaska, in June.
“We are pleased to announce the delivery of the latest FRC, the USCGC Bailey Barco,” said Ben Bordelon, Bollinger president and chief executive officer. “This FRC built by Bollinger Shipyards will join the USCGC John McCormick stationed in the 17th Coast Guard District in Ketchikan, Alaska, and will defend our nation’s interests in the Alaskan maritime region. FRCs already in commission stationed in the mid-Atlantic and the Southeastern United States have seized multiple tons of narcotics, interdicted thousands of illegal aliens and saved many lives.
“The FRC program is a model program for government acquisition and has surpassed all historical quality benchmarks for vessels of this type and complexity. The results are the delivery of truly extraordinary Coast Guard cutters that will serve our nation for decades to come. We at Bollinger Shipyards are looking forward to hearing of the heroic exploits of the Bailey Barco as it joins the Coast Guard’s operational fleet,” he said.
The FRC has been described as an operational “game changer,” by senior Coast Guard officials. Two FRC’s now will be stationed in Ketchikan. Previous cutters have been stationed in the 7th Coast Guard District in Florida or San Juan, P.R., and two have been stationed in the 5th Coast Guard District in Cape May, N.J.
To build the FRC, Bollinger used a proven, in-service parent craft design based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708. It has a flank speed of 28 knots, state-of-the-art command, control, communications and computer technology, and a stern launch system for the vessel’s 26-foot cutter boat.
Each FRC is named for an enlisted Coast Guard hero who distinguished him or herself in the line of duty. Bailey Barco was awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal on Oct. 7, 1901, for his heroic and selfless action to rescue the crew of the Jennie Hall, a schooner that had been grounded during a severe winter storm off the coast of Virginia Beach, Va.