Coast Guard Cutter Bailey Barco Commissioned in Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska —The Coast Guard fast-response cutter Bailey Barco was commissioned during a ceremony June 14, the Coast Guard said in a June 15 release.
The commissioning was presided over by Vice Adm. Fred M. Midgette, Coast Guard Pacific Area commander. Attendees included 17th District commander Rear Adm. Michael McAllister; Sector Juneau commander Capt. Shannan Greene; and Bailey Barco commanding officer, Lt. Frank Reed. Also in attendance was the cutter’s sponsor Carol Pugh, great-granddaughter of the cutter’s namesake, Coast Guard hero and Gold Lifesaving Medal recipient Bailey Barco.
Bailey Barco is the second of six Sentinel-class fast-response cutters that will homeport in Alaska. The 154-foot vessel is designed to patrol coastal regions and features advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment, including the ability to launch and recover standardized small boats from its stern.
“This is a good day for the Coast Guard and a good day for Alaskans,” Midgette said. “It’s an excellent vessel with a great crew, and we’re proud to have them.”
Bailey Barco will homeport in Ketchikan and conduct law enforcement, search and rescue, fisheries and environmental protection and homeland security tasks.