The U.S.Coast Guard has commissioned its 36th Sentinel-class fast response cutter (FRC), the USCGC Daniel Tarr (WPC-1136), during a ceremony at Sector Field Office Galveston, Texas on Friday, Jan. 10.
Vice Adm. Scott Buschman, Coast Guard Atlantic Area commander, presided over the ceremony, along with Rear Adm. John Nadeau, Eighth Coast Guard District commander, and Lt. Nicholas Martin, Coast Guard Cutter Daniel Tarr commanding officer.
Daniel Tarr, the cutter’s namesake, was one of four Coast Guard coxswains who served with the Marines during the amphibious invasion of Tulagi, Solomon Islands, in August 1942. Tarr enlisted as a surfman and later became coxswain of USS McKean’s Boat Number 1 prior to the invasion. On Aug. 7, 1942, Tarr, along with the other three coxswains, landed the first wave of the Marine Corps’ Raider Battalion on the beaches of Tulagi; in the following three days, they also delivered vitally needed equipment, ammunition and supplies. For their role in the landing of the Marines’ first wave, and capture of Tulagi, the four coxswains were awarded the Silver Star Medal. They were the first enlisted men in the Coast Guard to receive the Silver Star Medal.
The USCGC Daniel Tarr was delivered to the Coast Guard by its manufacturer, Bollinger Shipyards during a ceremony in Key West, Florida on Nov. 7. The vessel ’s patrol area will encompass 900 miles of coastline for the Coast Guard’s Eighth District, from Carrabelle, Florida, to Brownsville, Texas.
The FRCs, named after Coast Guard enlisted heroes, are replacing the 1980s-era 110-foot Island-class patrol boats and feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) equipment. The cutters feature 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, has an endurance of at least five days and can reach a maximum speed of over 28 knots.
Thirty-six FRCs are in service: 12 in Florida; seven in Puerto Rico; four in California; three in Hawaii and New Jersey; two in Alaska, Mississippi and North Carolina; and one in Texas. The Coast Guard ordered 50 FRCs to date. Future FRC homeports include Santa Rita, Guam; Astoria, Oregon; and Kodiak, Seward and Sitka, Alaska.