The U.S. Coast Guard accepted delivery of the 29th Sentinel-class fast response cutter (FRC), the future USCGC Forrest Rednour (WPC-1129), from Bollinger Shipyards in Key West, Florida, on June 7, 2018.
The cutter will be the first FRC stationed in San Pedro, California, and will be commissioned this fall.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Forrest Rednour, the cutter’s namesake, heroically risked his life on February 3, 1943, while rescuing survivors from the torpedoed SS Dorchester. Rednour was aboard Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba when it was lost in June 1943; his remains were never found. He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal and the Purple Heart. Each FRC is named for an enlisted Coast Guard hero who distinguished him or herself in the line of duty.
“We are proud to announce the delivery of the latest FRC, the USCGC FORREST REDNOUR,” said Ben Bordelon, Bollinger President & C.E.O. “The vessel’s commissioning is scheduled for November, 2018 in southern California. This will be the first of four FRC’s to be stationed in San Pedro, CA.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.”
To build the FRC, Bollinger used a proven, in-service parent craft design based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708.
The 154-foot FRCs patrol coastal regions and feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment; improved habitability and seakeeping; and the ability to launch and recover standardized cutter boats from astern or via side davits. The FRCs are replacing the 1980s-era 110-foot Island-class patrol boats and execute critical missions including defense readiness; law enforcement; search and rescue; and ports, waterways, and coastal security. The cutters have an endurance of five days and a top speed of more than 28 knots.
The U.S. Coast Guard has ordered 44 of the 58 FRCs planned. Twenty-seven are in service: 12 in Florida, six in Puerto Rico, two in Alaska, two in New Jersey, two in Mississippi, two in Hawaii and now one in North Carolina. Galveston, Texas is a future FRC homeport.