Coast Guard Takes Delivery of Its Newest Fast Response Cutter

The fast response cutter Angela McShan. Bollinger Shipyards photo
The fast response cutter Angela McShan. Bollinger Shipyards photo

Lockport-based Bollinger Shipyards delivered the USCGC Angela McShan, the 35th fast response cutter, to the U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday in Key West, Florida.

"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, N.J., will join the cutters Rollin Fritch and Lawrence Lawson," Bollinger President and CEO Ben Bordelon said in a news release.

The patrol boat is part of the 58 boats Bollinger has a contract for with the Coast Guard. The contract is expected to keep 800 people employed into 2020.

The vessel's commissioning is scheduled for October in Cape May.

This marks the 175th patrol boat built by Bollinger Shipyards, Bordelon said. This includes the USCG Island Class, USCG Marine Protector Class, USN Cyclone Class and USCG Sentinel Class fast response cutters.

The 154-foot Sentinel-Class fast response cutter has a flank speed over 28 knots; state-of-the-art command, control, communications and computer technology; and a stern launch system for the vessel's 26-foot cutter boat.

Recently, the Coast Guard deployed the FRC 1124, Oliver Berry, from Hawaii across the Pacific to the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the company said. The 4,400-nautical mile trip marked the furthest deployment of an FRC to date.

Each cutter is named for an enlisted Coast Guard hero who distinguished him or herself in the line of duty.

This vessel is named after Coast Guard hero Angela McShan, the first African-American woman to be promoted to master chief petty officer.

"She served over two decades with great devotion and is remembered as an exemplary leader and professional. She inspired the many she trained and has been described as a positive, kind and motivational person. MCPO McShan was a stellar performer, mentor teacher, and inspirational leader," Bollinger said in the news release.

The Master Chief Angela M. McShan Inspirational Leadership Award was established in her memory.

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