The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) accepted delivery of the 28th fast response cutter (FRC), the future USCGC Nathan Bruckenthal (WPC-1128), from Bollinger Shipyards during a ceremony in Key West, Florida, on March 29, 2018.
The cutter will be the second FRC stationed in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. The ship is slated for commissioning in July in Washington D.C.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Bruckenthal, the cutter’s namesake, was mortally wounded during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Bruckenthal intercepted a suicide attack while attempting to board and investigate a boat in the North Arabian Gulf. He alerted nearby security forces of a larger coordinated attack, helping avoid further loss of life and other damages. For his actions, Bruckenthal was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.
We are proud to announce the delivery of the latest FRC, the USCGC NATHAN BRUCKENTHAL,” said Ben Bordelon, Bollinger President & C.E.O. “This FRC built by Bollinger Shipyards will be the second FRC to be stationed in Atlantic Beach, NC.Previous cutters have been stationed around the nation including Alaska and Hawaii. FRCs already in commission have protected our country by seizing tons of narcotics, interdicted thousands of illegal aliens and saved hundreds of 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.”
The 154 foot patrol craft USCGC Nathan Bruckenthal is the 28th vessel in the Coast Guard’s Sentinel-class FRC program.The FRC has been described as an operational “game changer,” by senior Coast Guard officials. To build the FRC, Bollinger used a proven, in-service parent craft design based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708.
The Sentinel-class FRCs feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment; the ability to launch and recover cutter boats from astern or via side davits; and improved seakeeping and habitability. 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-six are in service: 12 in Florida, six in Puerto Rico, two in Alaska, two in New Jersey, two in Mississippi and two in Hawaii. Future FRC homeports include San Pedro, California, and Galveston, Texas.