The U.S. Coast Guard accepted delivery of its 35th fast response cutter (FRC), USCGC Angela McShan (WPC-1135), from Bollinger Shipyards during a ceremony in Key West, Florida on Aug. 1.
The cutter will be the third of three FRCs stationed in Cape May, New Jersey.
Bollinger President & C.E.O. Ben Bordelon said, “We are very pleased to announce the latest FRC delivery, the USCGC ANGELA MCSHAN. Previous cutters have been stationed around the nation including Alaska and Hawaii.The ANGELA MCSHAN, the third of three fast response cutters to be home-ported in Cape May, NJ will join the cutters ROLLIN FRITCH and LAWRENCE LAWSON. The vessel’s commissioning is scheduled for October, 2019 in Cape May, NJ. FRCs already in commission have protected our country by seizing multiple 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 delivery of the FRC-35 marks the 175th patrol boat built by Bollinger Shipyards. This includes the USCG Island Class, USCG Marine Protector Class, USN Cyclone Class and USCG Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutters.”
Angela McShan, the cutter’s namesake, was the first African-American woman to be promoted to master chief petty officer. She served as a storekeeper before transitioning over to yeoman, a civil rights counselor, and an “A” School instructor, ending her career as the senior instructor on the Chief Petty Officers Academy staff in New London, Connecticut. She not only touched and inspired the many she trained, but she left a positive and lasting impression on everyone who knew her. The Master Chief Angela M. McShan Inspirational Leadership Award was established in her memory.
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 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.
Each FRC is named for an enlisted Coast Guard hero who distinguished him or herself in the line of duty.
Thirty-three are in service: 12 in Florida; six in Puerto Rico; four in California; three in Hawaii and two each in Alaska, New Jersey, Mississippi and North Carolina. The Coast Guard has ordered 50 FRCs to date. Future FRC homeports include Galveston, Texas; Santa Rita, Guam; Astoria, Oregon; and Kodiak, Seward and Sitka, Alaska.