The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) will name two of its new Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutters (FRCs) in honor of Coast Guard Reservists who lost their lives responding to the 9/11 terrorist attacks while working in their other official capacities.
The names are scheduled to be announced formally by Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz during a ceremony at the East Coast World War II Memorial in Battery Park, New York City on Nov. 12.
The 62nd FRC (WPC-1162) will be named after Port Security Specialist 2nd Class Vincent Danz who was also a New York City Police Department (NYPD) Emergency Service Unit (ESU) officer assigned to the ESU Truck 3 in the Bronx. He responded on 9/11 to aid victims and lost his life when the World Trade Center collapsed.
The 63rd FRC (WPC-1163) will be named after Machinery Technician 1st Class Jeffrey Palazzo who was also a New York City Fire Department (FDNY) firefighter assigned to Rescue 5 in Staten Island. He lost his life assisting others at the scene of the attacks on 9/11.
The naming ceremony will be also attended by NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill and FDNY Chief of Department John Sudnik.
The new cutters, the future USCGC Vincent Danz (WPC-1162) and the future USCGC Jeffrey Palazzo (WPC-1163), are scheduled for delivery starting in 2023.
The FRCs are replacing the 1980s-era Island Class 110-foot patrol boats and are the mainstay of the Coast Guard’s coastal patrol fleet, providing multi-mission capabilities and interagency interoperability.
The vessels 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.
Thirty-five FRCs are in service: 12 in Florida; seven in Puerto Rico; four in California; three in Hawaii and in New Jersey; and two in Alaska, Mississippi and North Carolina. The Coast Guard ordered 56 FRCs to date. Future FRC homeports include Santa Rita, Guam; Astoria, Oregon; and Kodiak, Seward and Sitka, Alaska.
The 35th fast response cutter, USCGC Angela McShan (WPC-1135), was commissioned during a ceremony in Cape May, New Jersey on Oct. 26. It is the third FRC to be stationed in Cape May.