The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) accepted delivery of the 27th fast response cutter (FRC), USCGC Richard Snyder, from Bollinger Shipyards in Key West, Florida, on Feb. 8, 2018.
USCGC Richard Snyder will be the first Sentinel-class cutter (FRC) stationed in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, and will be commissioned in April.
Each FRC is named for an enlisted Coast Guard hero who distinguished him or herself in the line of duty. This vessel is named after Coast Guard Hero, Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Richard T. Snyder.
The cutter’s namesake was awarded a Silver Star for eliminating enemy resistance to an amphibious assault on the island of Biak, part of Papua New Guinea, in 1944. During the assault, members of an American landing party came under a heavy hand-grenade bombardment from enemy troops in nearby caves. Snyder acquired a weapon and launched grenades at the opposing forces – thus defeating the enemy resistance and enabling the landing without American casualties. He was a chief petty officer when he was honorably discharged and separated from the service Sept. 13, 1945.
We are pleased to announce the delivery of the latest FRC, the USCGC Richard Snyder,” said Ben Bordelon, Bollinger President & C.E.O.
“This FRC built by Bollinger Shipyards will be the first FRC to be stationed in Atlantic Beach, NC. Previous cutters have been stationed in Florida, San Juan, PR, Cape May, NJ, Ketchikan, Alaska, and Pascagoula, MS and Honolulu, HI. FRCs already in commission 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 are extremely proud that the Fast Response Cutters built by Louisiana craftsmen here at Bollinger Shipyards are having such a major impact on our country’s safety and security.”
To build the FRC, Bollinger used a proven, in-service parent craft design based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708.
The FRCs are replacing the 1980s-era 110-foot patrol boats and feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment. The cutters have improved habitability and seakeeping and over-the-horizon cutter boat launch and recovery from astern or via side davits. Each FRC is 154 feet long, features an endurance of five days and can reach a maximum speed of over 28 knots.
The Coast Guard has ordered 44 of the 58 FRCs planned. Twenty-five are in service: 12 in Florida, six in Puerto Rico, two in Alaska, two in New Jersey, one in Mississippi and two in Hawaii. The FRC is complemented operationally by the offshore patrol cutter’s extended range and endurance, and the national security cutter’s offshore command and control capabilities.