USA. U.S. Coast Guard's second fast response cutter launched

Monday, 22 August 2011

The U.S. Coast Guard’s second 154-foot fast response cutter, the Richard Etheridge, was launched at Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport, La., yesterday. This marks a significant milestone in the Coast Guard’s acquisition of the Sentinel-class patrol boats, which will replace the service’s legacy 110-foot patrol boats. You can see the launch play out in the photos below.

While in the water, the vessel will undergo a series of tests and evaluations prior to its planned delivery early next year. The launch is one of many steps in the construction process, leading to sea trials and crew training later this year and, eventually, the commissioning of the vessel and commencement of its Coast Guard operations

The Richard Etheridge will be capable of reaching speeds in excess of 28 knots and is designed to independently conduct many missions, including port, waterways and coastal security; fishery patrols; search and rescue; and national defense.

Now that the Etheridge was successfully launched, the 24-person crew assigned to the ship will conduct additional testing and evaluation prior to its commissioning in 2012

Richard Etheridge will be homeported in Miami and will primarily perform missions to save lives, enforce U.S. and international maritime law and ensure security in the Coast Guard’s 7th District off the Southeastern coast of the U.S. and in the Caribbean Sea

Last Updated ( Monday, 22 August 2011 )