U.S. Coast Guard to Name Two Fast Response Cutters After 9/11 Heroes

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.




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