Coast Guard Selects Names for First 11 Offshore Patrol Cutters
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Coast Guard has selected the names for its first 11 offshore patrol cutters (OPCs), using the names of earlier cutters, carrying on the traditions of those ships.
The Coast Guard has selected the following names, as noted in an Aug. 4 release:
USCGC Argus, USCGC Chase, USCGC Ingham, USCGC Pickering, USCGC Rush, USCGC Icarus, USCGC Active, USCGC Diligence, USCGC Alert, USCGC Vigilant, USCGC Reliance.
Four of the new cutters — Active, Argus, Diligence and Vigilant — will be named for four of the 10 original cutters of the Revenue Marine, the original name of the Coast Guard, and subsequent cutters that bore those names, with all but Argus currently being used on three Reliance-class medium-endurance cutters.
Pickering will be named for a cutter that accrued a distinguished combat record in the Quasi-War with France at the turn of the 19th century.
Chase and Ingham will be named for two 327-foot cutters that served in World War II.
Rush will carry on the tradition of a Bering Sea cutter that helped open the Alaskan frontier.
Icarus will be named for a cutter that sank one of the first German U-boats after U.S. entry into World War II. The cutter captured the crew of the U-boat.
Alert and Reliance will carry on the legacies of two current 210-foot Reliance-class medium-endurance cutters.
The Coast guard is acquiring 25 OPCs to replace its Famous and Reliance-class medium-endurance cutters. The OPCs are being built by Eastern Shipbuilding Group in Panama City, Fla. The first OPC is scheduled for delivery in fiscal 2021.